Osteopathic manual treatments for brain injuries

Treatment type: Osteopathy

How to find: http://osteopathyontario.org/

Price: In Ontario often $90.00-150.00 an hour

Credentials: Look for someone registered with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners, they will have a designation like these:  D.O. (Diploma in Osteopathy) D.O.M.P., DOMTP,  BSc(Hons), BOst, or MOst

What is it? From the OAO

“Osteopathic Manual Practitioners maintain, improve or restore the normal physiological function of interrelated body structures and systems, and, enhance the body’s natural ability to heal itself. They use various manual assessment and treatment techniques and modalities to help people of all ages  and backgrounds, who suffer injury, pain or other health concerns, by easing pain, reducing swelling, improving tissue mobility and promoting efficient healing.”

Notes from our treatment:

Osteopathy was the first intervention Jason used and we had fabulous results. That being said another friend with post concussion syndrome found his symptoms exacerbated by one of the osteopaths we saw and relieved by a second. Again, you need to trust your body and your symptoms to decide if this is something you need to incorporate.

Jason found most of his osteopathic treatments to be gentle enough that he could sleep during his time on the table -often followed by a 12-14 hour sleep at home! As we’ve mentioned sleep is an extremely important part of recovery from TBI and post concussion syndrome so this a very happy result of osteopathic treatments.

Treatments seemed to revolve around lowering Jason’s stress levels and working on endocranial spasms which are present post injury. The first and only times we heard of endocranial spasms was with Jason’s osteopath and I have yet to find a good resource for explaining this phenomenon in laymen’s terms. My understanding is that it is quite literally a spasm in the brain due to trauma and osteopath’s are able to help release it. Other treatment goals included working to relieve tension through Jason’s back and whole body alignment.

Because the treatments were gentle and resulted in measurable changes in Jason’s sleep and alignment osteopathy became a very important part of his recovery. One of the osteopath’s we worked with was Ryan Richardson in Newmarket who has extensive history researching concussions and post concussion syndrome – I encourage everyone to check out his qualifications and abstract listed here: http://www.youroptimalhealth.ca/concussions.

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