Could You Have a Predisposition to Getting a Concussion?

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]By: Dr. Fiona Lovely

What if I told you that there was a way to predict whether you might be more likely to have symptoms when you hit your head than the person sitting next to you? It’s true. If we were to line up 10 people at random and ask them a few questions, it would be simple to determine who was more likely to have a concussion. Intrigued? Read on….

First predictor of traumatic brain injury or tbi (concussion) makes a great deal of sense:

  1. Playing recreational sports. If you or your child are going to engage in contact sports, you or your child will have a concussion at some point. And you certainly will have a higher chance of having a concussion than someone who doesn’t play contact sports. Make the decision to play with full understanding of the risks and a plan for how you will manage injury when it does happen.
  2.  Inflammation. This is a very common problem fed by the human condition. Stress. Poor nutrition - the typical sugary, high carb, processed food diet is a common cause for inflammation. Toxic relationships. Money concerns. Work you dislike. Health challenges like diabetes, high blood pressure, food allergies (many of these are caused by inflammation.)
    These things all fuel inflammation in the body. Inflammation gives rise to neurons which are excitable. This overstimulation of the brain tissues makes you far more likely to have symptoms if you bump your head!
  3. Gender. It is well documented that girls playing the same sports as boys their age are more likely to have a concussion that produces symptoms. The female body is diverse anatomically and the muscles of the neck are less protective in the case of head injury than those of their male counterparts. Additionally, a head injury sustained during the second half of the menstrual cycle, can cause a crash of high progesterone levels which can make symptoms of a concussion feel much, much worse. Females are also prone to physical damage to the pituitary gland during a tbi event causing hormonal imbalances which can last decades.
  4. Brain function imbalance. This can be from birth as the birth process is meant to toggle a number of primitive reflexes that are necessary for our early development. With the rise of Csection births, this critical process can get missed. When the brain develops without these switches activated, imbalances can occur. Previous concussions, chemical exposures, poor nutrition, and other things can cause a functional brain imbalance which can make you more likely to suffer a concussion. Your Chiropractic Neurologist can help correct these imbalances of the nerve system.

Knowledge is power. If you or your child are going to play contact sports, please be real about the risks. Look at the list above and see what you can do to moderate the risk by making some diet and lifestyle changes. Get a brain assessment before you begin play to correct the functional concerns (lowering your risk for concussion) and to have a personalized baseline test that you can return to yearly to keep your brain in tip top health!

If you would like to book an appointment with Dr. Fiona Lovely DC, please contact Active Sports Therapy today.

*This blog is not intended to officially establish a physician-patient relationship, to replace the services of a trained physician, naturopathic doctor, physical therapist or chiropractor or otherwise to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - How Active Release Techniques Can Help

[vc_row][vc_column width="1/1"][vc_column_text]By: Active Sports Therapy

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition in which the patient feels numbness, tingling and other symptoms that can be uncomfortable or painful in the hand and arm. It is caused by the compression of the nerve in the carpal tunnel, hence it’s name. The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway on the palm side of the wrist. The issue is related to the median nerve which goes from your forearm and through the carpal tunnel passageway to your hand. It is responsible for sensation in your hands as well as muscle function. When this nerve is squeezed or the passageway is narrowed, then we feel the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Causes can range from arthritis and inflammation, workplace factors such as computer work and working with tools where repetitive motion is required. Obesity is a risk factor, as is genetics of your wrist area, and females tend to suffer from this condition more often than men.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will usually start off progressing in a gradual way. The most common symptoms include the following:

Tingling and Numbness – this could be in your hand or in your fingers and is often felt in the thumb, index, middle or ring fingers. The sensation may travel from the wrist and even into the arm. You may feel these sensations when the hands are outstretched doing something such as holding a newspaper or book, or a smart phone.

Weakness – You may feel like your hands are weaker than usual. This could be due to the numbness and the issues that are happening in the median nerve.

Preventative measures would involve taking the stress off of your hands and wrists where possible. If your work contributes to this you can first look at your keyboard and mouse and invest in tools that don’t strain your wrists. Take breaks and stretch the area by gently stretching your hands and wrists back and forth. Alternating tasks and giving your hands a break can be helpful. If you’re working outside, try keep your hands and wrists warm with gloves or fingerless gloves when required.

Treatment From Our Clinic

If you think you may be suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, our clinic has several treatments that might benefit you. Active Release Techniques for one can be very helpful to treat this syndrome. The practitioner will evaluate your mobility and tightness of the area which will usually be due to the presence of scar tissue. By using manual pressure, the practitioner can break up the scar tissue to lessen the pressure on the median nerve, resulting in a reduction in symptoms. Many people can find relief in just a few treatments!

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