Concussion Testing and Treatment

At IMH we use conventional testing, extended neurological exam, and quantitative electroencephalograms (qEEG), to diagnose concussion and its severity. Using qEEG brain mapping, we can pinpoint the specific regions of the brain affected by the head injury. Our medication free concussion treatments are guided by the most recent scientific understandings. Our Integration of mind and body therapies means a new hope for our patients.

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Facts

Concussion facts

head injuries are common. About 20 percent of the individuals experience one or more in their lifetime. A loss of consciousness after a blow to the head usually means a concussion. But not all head injury comes with a loss of consciousness. 

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

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

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Symptoms

Concussion Symptoms

  • A headache or a feeling of pressure in the head.
  • Temporary loss of consciousness.
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog.
  • Memory loss surrounding the traumatic event.
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”
  • Ringing in the ears.
  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions

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

  • Concentration and memory complaints
  • Irritability and other personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Psychological adjustment problems and depression
  • Disorders of taste and smell
  • loss of balance
  • Fatigue
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Concussion Treatment Starts with Proper Diagnosis and Testing

Testing

Concussion Testing

The symptoms of concussion can be due to inflammation in the brain, leading to reduced blood and oxygen delivery. Or they can be due to 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 after 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. 

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Treatment

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. The process is also called brain-mapping.  QEEG uses modern analytical software to compare the recordings with the reference values from healthy individuals with no history of concussion or known symptoms.

The analysis gives 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 diet to correct the gastrointestinal after effects of concussion, 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 concussion.

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A mind + body approach is the key to healing.

As a physician I make a point to strive for excellence in my field and compassion in my daily life.

I chose to be a naturopathic doctor because I believe integrating the current medicine along with the natural treatments is essential for true mind-body medicine.

1. Qualifications

-Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine; Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM), 2006

-Member of the Canadian Society of Orthomolecular Medicine (CSOM)

-Member of the World Association for Infant Mental Health(WAIMH)

-Member of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health (INIMH)

-Author; Hypoallergenic Diet, A Complete Guide to Food Sensitivity

-Advanced Training in Homeopathic Treatment of Mental Health and ADHD.

-Bowen Therapist.

-Neurofeedback and Biofeedback therapist

A little About me

My career in mental health began in 1996 as a research student in the Center for Mental Health and Addiction. I continued with an internship at the Hospital for Sick Children assisting in genetics research for acquired mental disease. Growing up I dreamt of going for a walk in the wild and knowing the names of the medicinal plants and flowers. As a naturopathic student at CCNM that dream came true.  It was there that I became intrigued with homeopathic and orthomolecular medicine. They stand at polar opposites.  Both are indispensable treatments for any condition involving the nervous system. I love what I do and after ten years of practicing naturopathic medicine and integrative mind-body approaches, I look forward to helping my clients the best I can.

Dealing with concussions can be devastating. Treatments require and Integrative Approach.

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