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What is post-concussion syndrome?

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UNDERSTANDING Post-Concussion syndrome

Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) is a complex disorder that can occur following a traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion. It involves a collection of symptoms that persist for weeks, months, or even years after the initial injury has occurred. PCS is thought to result from various factors, including the physiological changes in the brain, chemical imbalances, and disrupted neuronal connections.

SYMPTOMS of post-concussion syndrome

The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome can vary widely between individuals and may include:

  • Headaches or migraines: Persistent or recurring headaches are a common symptom of PCS, often accompanied by sensitivity to light and noise.
  • Cognitive difficulties: Many people with PCS experience problems with memory, concentration, and attention span.
  • Fatigue and sleep disturbances: Feelings of fatigue and difficulties sleeping, including insomnia or excessive sleepiness, are often reported by individuals with PCS.
  • Dizziness or vertigo: Some people may experience a sense of dizziness, imbalance, or spinning sensations.
  • Emotional and psychological changes: Mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression, and changes in emotional well-being are commonly associated with PCS.
  • Sensory disturbances: Sensitivity to noise, light, or certain smells may occur, and individuals may also experience changes in taste or smell perception.
  • Visual disturbances: Blurred vision, difficulty focusing, or visual tracking problems can occur in PCS.

ACUPUNCTURE FOR Post-concussion syndrome

Acupuncture is a potential adjunct therapy for managing the symptoms of post-concussion syndrome and promoting overall recovery. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to address imbalances in the body, reduce inflammation, and enhance the body’s natural healing processes. Benefits of acupuncture for post-concussion syndrome include:

Acupuncture has been shown to alleviate headaches and migraines, providing a non-pharmacological approach to pain management.

Acupuncture may help improve cognitive function, including memory, attention, and mental clarity.

Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce anxiety, irritability, and emotional disturbances associated with PCS.

Acupuncture sessions may help regulate sleep patterns, improve sleep quality, and alleviate sleep disturbances commonly experienced in PCS.

Acupuncture can promote relaxation, improve energy levels, and support emotional and psychological well-being during the recovery process.