Standard treatment practices for concussion and head injury rely on physical and cognitive rest, often in combination with progressive physical therapy. However, the medical community, as well as sports organizations such as the NCAA, are starting to recognize that rest alone may not be sufficient treatment for concussions and their related symptoms. In fact, statements emerging from the Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (TEAM) Approaches to Treating Concussion Meeting indicated that “prescribed physical and cognitive rest may not be an effective strategy for all patients after concussion” (Collins et al., 2016, p. 912).
Out of the desire to achieve better outcomes for his patients, Dr. Charles Simkovich founded Simkovich Cranial Institute in 1986, thus predating any other U.S. concussion clinic by 16 years. At Simkovich Cranial Institute, we believe that standard practices for concussion treatment fail some individuals because they leave a critical neurological element remains untreated: cranial bone movement. In our opinion, this movement is disrupted by head trauma, and without restoring its normal patterns, a person cannot and will not return to their pre-concussion state.
At Simkovich Cranial Institute, we address abnormal cranial bone movement using Dr. Simkovich’s Cranial Movement Therapy (CMT). CMT is a non-invasive technique that helps the patient regain normal cranial movement using light pressure and adjustment rather than medication or surgery. For over 30 years, our patients have experienced great success with CMT even if standard concussion protocols have proven unsuccessful.
Our Mission Statement
Simkovich Cranial Institute has been a pioneer in the field of traumatic brain injury since 1986. At Simkovich Cranial Institute, we heal concussions using Cranial Movement Therapy, a groundbreaking treatment. Cranial Movement Therapy returns the bones, fluids, and other structures of the brain to their pre-injury state. We rely on our experience and the latest in medical research in order to provide the highest level of care and most effective concussion treatments to our patients. Through research, we hope to redefine standard traumatic brain injury treatment so that those suffering from head trauma are able to rediscover pre-concussion life.
Our Treatment Philosophy
Guided by standard practices, medical professionals treat the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or concussion (e.g., migraines, nausea, depression, mood swings, etc.). While some people respond to these treatments, others experience little or no symptom relief, even after weeks or months. For these people, migraines, mental health problems, vision challenges, and difficulty remembering things become their new way of life, and many give up any hope of returning to their pre-concussion life.
At Simkovich Cranial Institute, we believe that standard TBI and concussion treatments are ineffective for so many patients because these traditional treatments focus on alleviating symptoms rather than addressing the head injury itself. Current standard treatments for TBI are akin to giving a person pain medication for a broken arm without resetting, casting, or otherwise addressing the broken bone. The symptom (i.e., pain) is alleviated, but the arm is unlikely to return to its normal strength and functionality because the appropriate steps needed to heal the broken bone were not properly addressed.
Just like the physical damage sustained by a fracture needs treated properly to ensure full recovery, we believe that the physical damage resulting from a TBI must be addressed properly before a person is able to return to their pre-concussion life. At Simkovich Cranial Institute, we address this damage by treating TBIs and concussions at their source using Dr. Simkovich’s revolutionary Cranial Movement Therapy (CMT).