A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by rapid and forceful impacts to the head or body. This results in excess movement of the brain inside the skull, which can cause temporary changes to brain function.
The majority of concussions and their symptoms will resolve within two to four weeks. However, there is a certain percentage of the population (up to 30%) that will have persisting symptoms.
Sub-threshold aerobic exercise has been shown to speed recovery - you will move your body at a specific heart rate while monitoring symptoms.
At Brain and Body, we can help you find your proper target heart rate through conducting the Buffalo Treadmill Test.
Initially, you will want to give yourself plenty of rest for up to 48 hours. Limit your TV time and phone use.
After 48 hours, you should begin to engage in gentle aerobic activities, such as walking or stationary cycling, as long as it does not aggravate symptoms.
No two concussions are the same. The brain is susceptible to changes, both positive and negative. If we engage in research supported activities for concussion management, we can make significant positive changes towards recovery.
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