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About Simkovich Cranial Institute

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).

About Dr. Simkovich

Dr. Simkovich was born and raised in Belle Vernon, Pa. After High School and College he was accepted to Palmer Chiropractic College, graduating in 1984. He began practice in January of 1985 in his hometown, moving to his present location in Wexford, Pa in 1986.

After six months in practice, Dr. Simkovich desired to be able to provide greater services for his patients and became involved in research of cranial bone movement and their effect on brain function. Much of this early time was spent in Brooklyn, New York with Dr. Ferreri, a pioneer in the field.

In late 1986, Dr. Simkovich switched his practice to specialize in treating various brain diagnoses, including concussions, learning disorders, and autism.

He has been featured in various publications such as “Pittsburgh Magazine,” the “Pittsburgh Press,” the “Beaver Valley Times, the “Youngstown Vindicator,” “Private Clubs Magazine,’ various boxing magazines, “Alternative Medicine and many more. He has been interviewed extensively over the years on both radio and TV shows for his groundbreaking work, which has included The Pittsburgh Today The Channel 4 noon news by Jim Scott, KDKA with Fred Honsburger and KDKA with Robb Pratte, KQV radio by Joe Destio, Channel 11 TV show “Talkin’ Pittsburgh” interview by Don Riggs, WTKN radio interview, Pittsburgh’s Country Music Station interview, his own call in radio talk show for a year on WMBA, and was on air with Asa Aaron, Channel 11, for a TV interview about concussions, learning disabilities, and autism.
He has been a contributing writer for various publications, including the “Pittsburgh Sports Report”, the “North Journal” and the prestigious “Pittsburgh Legal Journal.”

He has been in private practice since 1985. He has also served as the company doctor for Gargaro Productions and the Pittsburgh Musical Theater, visiting doctor at the Rick Smith School of Golf in Naples Florida, and was on staff as the Concussion/Cranial Specialist for the Duquesne University men’s basketball team, under Coach Danny Nee.

He has been a speaker at numerous conventions. He spoke at the Autism Expo in 2009, the Pittsburgh Hospital consortium, the WPIAL coaches and athletic director semi-annual meeting, The Learning Center, and Dr. Pat Lemer’s autism roundtable discussions to name a few.

Dr. Charlie treated me for the head injuries I had as a player. Before he treated me, I would read something and have no idea what I had just read. Because of his treatment, when I read I don’t get tired and understand everything I read.

L.C. Greenwood Pittsburgh Steeler, member of the ``Steel Curtain``

Patents

  • Patent title B.E.S.T., (baseline evaluation and screening test), a patented screening test for brain function and concussions

  • Patent date Issued Apr 17, 2014, Patent issuer and number US WO2012135654 A1
  • Patent description B.E.S.T., (baseline evaluation and screening test), a patented screening test for brain function and concussions.
  • Described are methods, systems, and mediums for testing neuro-mechanical and neurocognitive function which reflect physical and mental compromise that may be associated with, for example, traumatic brain injury (TBI). In particular, a computer-executed method, system, and computer readable medium for testing neuro-mechanical and neurocognitive function of a subject are described which measure a subject’s performance in a test comprising one or more test modules designed to challenge neuro-mechanical and neurocognitive function and compare the performance to one or more baselines to evaluate physical and mental compromise.   
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