A Concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. Most concussions occur while practicing a sport, recreational activity, falling or by being involved in a car or bicycle accident.
Concussions are caused by a direct blow to the head causing the brain to shake back and forth quickly; as a consequence, Concussions affect brain function and can cause serious symptoms that require treatment. Most Concussions are usually not life-threatening.
Anyone who suffers a concussion should seek advice from an experienced health care practitioner immediately.
• Memory problems
• Confusion / Difficulty concentrating
• Drowsiness /Dizziness
• Double or blurred vision
• Unequal pupils size
• Abnormal eye movement
• Nausea or vomiting
• Sensitivity to light or noise
• Balance problems
• Slowed reaction to stimuli
• Loss of coordination / Problems walking
• Draining of blood or clear fluid from the ears or nose
• Inability to wake up (also called a coma)
Concussions cause temporary loss of brain function leading to cognitive, physical & emotional symptoms; these symptoms vary depending on the person and the severity of the injury. Loss of consciousness doesn’t always occur. The long held belief that a person that recently had brain injury shouldn’t sleep, relates more to the ability to evaluate if the person’s cognitive functions are deteriorating than to the act of sleeping itself. Being unable to awaken someone would be indicative of an extreme situation of unconsciousness.
If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms after an injury, seek immediate emergency medical treatment or call 911.
Cognitive Rest is the pillar for concussion recovery
In order to give the brain sufficient rest, bright lights and loud noises need to be limited. Sunglasses and earplugs could be worn to block out unnecessary stimuli. However, not only the outer world must be quietened, the inner world needs to rest too. Meditation is one of the best methods to quiet the mind. In addition, support from friends, family and therapy are also helpful when recovering from a brain injury.
Flotation Therapy / Sensory Deprivation is one of the best alternatives to help heal a brain injury.
The name says it all!
First of all, while floating in a tank/pod filled with water and Epsom Salts, the brain is deprived of stimuli (light and sound) thus contributing in this way to the healing process. In addition, a quiet and tranquil environment where zero gravity can be experienced is the perfect place to meditate. therefore. floating is an easy, relaxing and fun way to help heal from a concussion.
The benefits of floating are endless. Dr. Dan Engle analyses in depth how Floatation Therapy aids in recovering from concussions in his book “Concussion Repair Manual”. Many Navy Seals are using Float Therapy on a weekly basis to help them heal from brain injuries. The acute reduction of sensory input and perceptual processing that occurs during a float session is what Doctors recommend to help heal from a brain injury / Concussion: Cognitive Rest.
SensaFloat has state of the art pods that allow the floater to customize the float choosing to have soothing lights, no lights, music, guided meditation or total silence. As a result, cognitive rest is achieved for 60 minutes allowing the brain to work on it’s healing process.
(disclaimer: Sensafloat Spa is not citing any clinical study regarding concussions)