About Concussion Recovery Therapy
What Is Concussion Recovery Therapy?
Concussion Recovery Therapy is a new protocol for post-concussion syndrome and traumatic brain injury. We use an FDA approved medical device called a Dolphin Neurostim. This DC microcurrent device is applied to the cranium with a protocol called Trans-Cranial Microcurrent Point Stimulation (tCMPS). We combine this technique with gentle osteopathic techniques.
TCMPS is beneficial for multiple reasons. First, it helps reduce symptoms such as cortisol (stress), headaches, tight muscles, brain fog and ringing of the ears. It also helps improve reaction time, visual motor skills, and cognitive functioning.
How Does Concussion Recovery Therapy Help?
TcMPS is a proactive approach to post-concussion syndrome. It can help improve cognitive function and quality of life. See the research below for scientifically measured results.
Previous to tCMPS, recovery options for post-concussion syndrome and traumatic brain injury were quite limited. They generally consisted of several days of rest with minimal visual stimulation and prescription medications for pain, headaches, and vomiting.
How Does Concussion Recovery Therapy Work?
Concussion Recovery Therapy works in a few different ways:
First, concussions cause dysfunction of the autonomic and central nervous systems. This results in sympathetic stress and cortisol (the endocrine stress marker). Cortisol is directly linked to concussions, diminished brain health and poor cognitive functioning.
Trans-cranial MPS reduces cortisol through applying a DC microcurrent to the cranium in addition other cortisol reducing points throughout the body. DC microcurrent is the type of bio-electric current the body naturally runs on, and this helps regulate the out-of-balance autonomic nervous system, reducing cortisol.
One result of decreasing the stress hormone coritsol is that the sympathetic nervous system can calm down from its fight-or-flight mode and more resources are availble to be allocated back to the parasympathetic nervous system (rest-and-digest mode). Therefore, the organs and other body systems can more easily return to a healthier functioning state.
The second way the therapy works is by relaxing tight muscles, especially in the neck.
A third way it works is by releasing tight fascia surrounding the cranium. Cranial bones are able to resume better flexion and extension so that cerebral spinal fluid can enter the brain and provide nutrition.
Will It Help Non-Concussed Patients Too?
Yes! Trans-cranial MPS reduces cortisol which has a broad negative affects on the brain. For example, cortisol affects memory loss, brain aging, cognitive performance, and decreases neuroplasticity.
Signs and Symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Loss of concentration
- Loss of memory
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurry vision
- Noise sensitivity
- Light sensitivity
- Rarely, decreases in taste and smell
Research on Concussion Recovery Therapy
Case Study: Microcurrent Point Stimulation Effects on Scars and Sutures of a Patient with Post-Concussion Pain
|Vas Pain Scale||Pre tCMPS||Post tCMPS||% Change|
|Top head pain||10/10||0/10||+100%|
|Tight/restricted neck||Tight||No restriction||+100%|
|Heart Rate Variability (HRV)||497ms||951ms||+91%|
|Exercise Tolerance (VO2 max)||32ms||37ms||+15.5%|
Glossary: Transcranial Microcurrent Point Stimulation (tCMPS) is the application of a low electrical current to the head and neck. It has a positive effect on resting state brain activity and helps with treatment for insomnia, depression, and anxiety consisting of pulsed, low-intensity current.
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the physiologic phenomenon of variation in the time interval between heartbeats. HRV is measured by the variation in the beat-to-beat interval. The higher the HRV the better.
Summary: Microcurrent Point Stimulation Therapy reduced cortisol stress, reducing post-concussion symptoms, tremors and headaches.
Author: Antoine Chevalier, PhD-ND(cand), MPP, Kelly Armstrong, OTR/L, MPP, C. Norwood-Williams, PharmD, CPh, and Raman Gokal, MBChB, MD, FRCP; DC Electroacupuncture Effects on Scars and Sutures of a Patient with Postconcussion Pain, Medical Acupuncture, Volume 28, Number 4, 2016, Mary Anne Liebert, Inc.
Case Study: Transcranial Microcurrent Point Stimulation Reduces Cortisol Levels Improving Cognitive Functioning And Post Concussion Symptomology
- Reduced cortisol (-47%)
- Decrease in ImPACT post concussion symptoms (-46%)
- Improved ImPACT cognitive functioning (+47%)
- Better ImPACT react time (-7%)
- Improved ImPACT Visual motor skill (+5.82%)
- Reduced King-Devick (K-D) test score (-15%)
- Decreased brain fog (-41%)
- Less headaches (-33%)
- Reduced ringing ear (-47%)
Sample size: 29
Glossary: ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) is a neurocognitive assessment administered online in a controlled environment. ImPACT has two components: baseline testing and post-injury testing which are used in conjunction to determine if a patient can safely return to an activity.
The King-Devick (K-D) test is a concussion screening tool. The test captures impairment of eye movements and other correlates of suboptimal brain function.
Summary: Transcranial Microcurrent Point Stimulation Therapy (tCMPS) reduced cortisol, stress and post-concussion symptoms, improved cognitive function and neuroplasticity.