DEALING WITH CONCUSSION 101- A GUIDE FROM RIANNE SCHOREL
No two concussions are alike. It is still unknown how long it takes for the brain to fully recover after sustaining a head injury which could be mild, moderate, or severe. It is difficult to predict a recovery timeline as some symptoms of this invisible injury may persist for years. For those diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS), the fear of brain damage is real.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR RECOVERY
Do you find the lack of prognosis and the constant ‘rest your brain’ advice disheartening? Life post concussion can be a daily struggle, it’s overwhelming and can lead to social isolation and depression.
The good news is concussion is treatable and there are several treatment tools available! Rianne recommends a multi-disciplinary approach to treat concussion using modern neuroscience, alternative therapies, and rehab to get optimal results.
- Clinical Treatment
Post concussion symptoms and their frequency is different for everyone. Whether you have just been hit or have been diagnosed with PCS weeks afterward, it is imperative to undergo regular clinical evaluation for a correct diagnosis and an individual treatment plan.
A concussion can cause problems with multiple areas of the brain leading to ‘circuit malfunctioning’ as certain areas of the brain might not work thus leading to the typical post concussion symptoms [see box]. Then there’s ‘metabolic malfunctioning’ causing biochemical abnormalities such as hormonal changes, autoimmune issues, digestive disorders etc. that may further affect recovery.
Reach out to a counsellor who specializes in neuropsychology and/or cognitive rehabilitation therapy (CRT) to help you to stay on track during recovery. Our brain health centre www.movethebrain.nl in The Netherlands has deal allready with patients with PCS.
- Alternative Therapies
Hydrotherapy can make a significant difference in easing stress and overcoming fatigue. The Salt Water Floatation Therapy is an excellent remedy for relaxation. Other therapies you can consider are Ergotherapy, and Shockwave therapy to name a few.
Try Yoga, if you haven’t already, for overall mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Seek a licensed yoga teacher to know which breathing exercises and asanas will specifically address your symptoms.
A little meditation daily will help in reducing anxiety and dealing with fear, frustration, and anger. To experience a deep sense of peace and clarity practice mindful awareness. Stop living in the past and start living in the here and now.
- Brain Rewiring
We have trillions of brain cells and we can generate new ones. The brain circuits are malleable (neuroplasticity) which means you can discard old patterns, establish new ones and thus reshape how you think, remember, and act.
Your brain cannot distinguish between what is real or imagined. As long as you earnestly believe that something is possible, only then will it manifest. Emotions are instrumental in accomplishing your intention, so be positive. Of course, you won’t rewire your brain if you binge eat and then visualise being healthy! So align your thoughts, feelings, visualisations, and actions with your desired intention and do this repeatedly to rewire your brain.
Take charge of your own biology, neurology, and physiology via biohacking. You can use medical and nutritional techniques, and electronics, to get biofeedback from your own body. So you can see what works for you and what doesn’t. Some of the advanced biohacking techniques for TBIs you can try are:
- Exercise with Oxygen Therapy (EWOT)
- Infrared Sauna
- Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequencies (PEMF)
- Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT)
- EEG brain scan to identify specific areas of trauma
- Neurofeedback to retrain the affected areas of the brain
Join our 21-day Transformation Program and email email@example.com to learn these techniques under expert guidance.
Diet, Exercise, And Rest
Eat clean and reduce your intake of processed food. Drugs and alcohol are a no-no. Eat food and beverages rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, and magnesium that stimulate BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) and boost recovery. Add turmeric to your diet to reduce inflammation and swelling. Include Zinc, Creatine, and Vitamin D supplements to improve symptoms.
Maintain a regular exercise regime — exercise can beat depression and is key to returning to full daily functioning. Exercise normalises the nervous system and improves cerebral blood flow. To ease physiologic dysfunction, Rianne has developed customised exercise programs with a focus on aerobic exercises to suit all age-groups. Sign up for an introductory session here (link).
Get adequate rest so as not to hurt your recovery. Reduce your workload and tasks that need cognitive exertion; resting will help the brain recover.
- Rianne Schorel’s 21-day Rehab programme
‘Getting back to normal’ post a traumatic brain injury is not without its challenges. You need all the support you can get. Rianne knows this and is now working with others who have experienced similar trauma to help them overcome their setbacks and achieve their personal and professional potential. Sign up for Rianne’s 21-day residential rehab programme firstname.lastname@example.org that provides care and support for those who have sustained TBI.