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Concussion Treatment

The use of the terms “concussion” and “post-concussion” syndrome (PCS) has increased in the lexicon of health-care practitioners and laypeople. In minor league, amateur and professional sports, we see an increased frequency in the diagnosis of concussion injury as well as the
PCS has arisen as the term used to describe the unresolved chronic continuation of a group of physical, emotional and cognitive symptoms. In contrast to the usual seven- to 10-day resolution for sports-related concussions, or up to three months for non-sports-related concussions, the aforementioned symptoms may be reported for months, or even years, after the injury.

Estimates of the incidence of PCS range from seven per cent up to 33 per cent of patients diagnosed with concussion and finding treatment approaches to help athletes and laypeople alike has been a challenge for all areas of medical practice. As clarification of the mechanisms of injury and the structures involved continues to develop, employing a manual technique capable of accessing and addressing the vascular, structural and neurological tissues of the brain has surfaced as being an appropriate treatment modality. In particular, the techniques of craniosacral therapy, a gentle and precise osteopathic technique, can be applied with the intention of addressing three main areas of consideration in this type of injury: the cerebrospinal fluid and venous sinus systems; the cranial bones and attached intracranial membrane system; and the autonomic nervous system.

The present-day techniques of craniosacral therapy address connective tissue restrictions throughout the body, prioritizing “lesions” in order to facilitate release of the primary cause of dysfunction. The CSR is used as a feedback mechanism and measuring tool for the mobility of the laminar connective tissues of the body. As the dura mater forms, the walls of the venous sinus system and the intracranial membrane system, releasing restrictions of both the dura and its bony attachments, allow access to both the cerebral vasculature and the intracranial infrastructure.

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