Concussion & Brain Injury

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At Northshore Naturopathic Clinic, we use extended neurological exams, conventional testing, and quantitative electroencephalogram (qEEG) to diagnose and check the severity of concussions. We can pinpoint the specific regions of the brain affected by a head injury using qEEG. Our medication-free concussion treatments are guided by recent scientific understandings. Our patients get new hope through our integration of mind and body therapies.

Concussion facts

Head injuries are one of the most common types of injuries people sustain today. About 20% of the individuals experience one or more in their lifetime. A loss of consciousness after a hit to the head usually results in a concussion. However, not all head injuries comes with a loss of consciousness.

Thankfully, the brain has an immense ability for self-healing and over 80% of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussions heal spontaneously, and without medical intervention in as little as a week or two.

Unfortunately, the sudden impact can rattle the brain in such a way to create long-term problems affecting your motor system, emotional control, focus, and cognitive skills. The condition is called Post-Concussion Syndrome.

Concussion Symptoms

  • A feeling of pressure in the head or headache.

  • Temporary loss of consciousness.

  • Confusion or foggy head.

  • Memory loss surrounding the traumatic event.

  • Dizziness or seeing stars.

  • Ringing in the ears.

  • Nausea.

  • Vomiting.

  • Delayed response to questions.

  • Slurred speech.

Some symptoms of concussions show up immediately. Others may be delayed for hours or days and persist for months after injury, such as:

  • Concentration and memory problems.

  • Irritability and other personality changes.

  • Sensitivity to noise and light.

  • Sleep disturbances.

  • Psychological adjustment problems, and depression.

  • Disorders of taste and smell.

  • Loss of balance.

  • Fatigue.

Concussion Testing

The symptoms of a concussion can be a result of inflammation in the brain, leading to reduced oxygen and blood delivery. They can also be caused by muscle guarding that comes along with all injuries. Therefore, concussion testing needs to include both physical and neurological exams, as well as a direct look at the brain. Sometimes, even the gastrointestinal tract becomes affected by a concussion.

The symptoms of brain inflammation can be there, however without any other sign on MRI or other conventional imaging techniques. Thanks to a new technology, now offered in our North Vancouver Concussion Clinic, our patients have a new hope. The technology is called Quantitative Electroencephalography (QEEG). It can be used not only to diagnose the concussion but also to guide the proper treatment measure.

Concussion Treatment

QEEG is the analysis of the spontaneous electrical activity of the brain, or brain waves, recorded from multiple electrode sites on the surface of the scalp over a period of time. The process is also referred to as brain-mapping. QEEG uses analytical computer software to compare the recordings with the reference values from healthy individuals with no known history of concussion.

The results from the software give us the ability to view the dynamic changes throughout the brain. Combined with a powerful program called LORETA Neurofeedback Training, the QEEG can then be used to augment the brain activity to achieve remarkable improvements in symptoms.

Along with a proper diet to correct the gastrointestinal system after being diagnosed with a concussion, and the use of supplements to facilitate healing of the brain, we use Bowen therapy and Acupuncture to improve the physical guarding and address all the functional changes after a concussion.