What Differentiates CMT from Other Concussion Treatments?
As stated earlier, CMT returns the injured party back to where he or she was before the head injury. No other treatment therapy accomplishes this.
1.) Rest. This was the preferred course of treatment for years. The philosophy was that if the injured party “rests”, his or her brain will heal. Unfortunately for the concussed party, this isn’t true. No other injury is treated this way. There is always an intervention of some kind when a person has a physical injury. For example: a broken leg is set and a cast is placed on the leg; and a laceration is cleaned and stitches or staples are used to close the wound.
A national meeting was held here in Pittsburgh about three years ago (Concussion Summit, October 2015), where it was discussed that “rest” was no longer the preferred course of treatment for concussion, and that some type of therapy or intervention was needed to assist in the healing of a concussion. This essentially was an admission that all of the people who were treated in this manner before the Summit were treated incorrectly.
As the result of the meeting, treatment now includes:
2) Vision Therapy. This form of treatment theoretically makes sense, but the reality is that one of the cranial bones which plays a very important role in concussion is the sphenoid bone, which makes up part of the orbits of the eyes. Eye muscles attach to this bone, so it has a direct on eye-tracking. Until the sphenoid is treated and stabilized (first), Vision Therapy will provide little or no results.
3) Vestibular Therapy. We’ve found that Vestibular Therapy is a useful tool, but not as a primary treatment modality for concussion. This is because the main issue (abnormal cranial bone movement) is not addressed, so the underlying problem for concussion isn’t corrected. Dr. Simkovich has concluded that Vestibular Therapy is excellent in helping the patient recover (rehabilitate) AFTER they get treated with CMT.
4) Physical Therapy. This is the same as the Vestibular Therapy.
You May Think You’re Better, But You Really Aren’t
Many people get “used to” functioning at a compromised level after awhile. One may not realize that he or she has NOT been returned to pre-concussion status.
Questions to Ask Yourself::
- do I feel as good as I did before my concussion?
- are my grades as good as they were before my concussion?
- am I sleeping as well as I did before my concussion?
- am I remembering things as well as I did before my concussion?
- am I playing my sport at the same level as i was before my concussion?
Essentially, concussion victims should ask themselves whether they are able to do all of the same things, and at the same level, as they could pre-concussion.
If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” please contact us today.