POST-CONCUSSION SYNDROME

At Wellness Embodied, we have a fully comprehensive approach to assessing and treating the often underdiagnosed and debilitating condition of Post-Concussion Syndrome. We are an accredited Complete Concussions Clinic, with several practitioners trained in the latest evidence-based concussion management. We will tailor treatment for you, at an initial appointment.

CONCUSSION

Concussion is a short lived traumatic brain injury, caused by a direct blow to the head or elsewhere on the body with a force transmitted to the head. It typically leads to short lived neurological impairment (including amnesia) which resolves spontaneously. The sufferer may or may not lose consciousness. Early assessment and treatment of concussion by a healthcare practitioner trained in the latest concussion research, is key to preventing or limiting development of post-concussion syndrome. We can help.

POST-CONCUSSION SYNDROME

Post-Concussion Syndrome defines symptoms lasting for weeks or months after the initial injury. Symptoms can include: headaches, dizziness, fatigue, irritability, anxiety, insomnia, loss of concentration and memory, ear ringing, blurred vision, noise and light sensitivity, increased susceptibility to future injury/ recurrence. We have a fully comprehensive approach to assessing and treating the often underdiagnosed and debilitating condition of Post-Concussion Syndrome and have developed our own Cairns Dizziness Clinic.

OUR TREATMENT

Our treatment plans for patients diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome may include, but are not limited to the following: vestibular rehabilitation, Watson headache technique, craniosacral therapy and rehabilitation / graded return to work and sport. See below for more information on these treatments. At Wellness Embodied we treat each patient as the individual they are. Treating the whole person, as well as the presenting condition. Call us today to make an appointment on (07) 4231 9777.

Post-Concussion Syndrome

Please note that as above, early assessment and treatment of concussion by a healthcare practitioner drawing on their knowledge of the latest concussion research, is key to preventing or limiting development of post-concussion syndrome. Wellness Embodied can help with baseline testing and/or early concussion approach. See our Cairns Complete Concussions page for more information. When patients are presenting and diagnosed with Post-Concussion Syndrome, our treatment plan may include the following.

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation to restore balance and counteract the effects of the traumatic brain injury. Effects may include dizziness, motion sickness and vertigo.
  • Watson Headache Technique specific assessment and treatment of the upper cervical spine, which can often be affected due to the mechanism of injury. Rotation or imbalances at the upper cervical spine can sensitise the trigeminocervical nucleus in the brainstem, leading to many symptoms such as those listed above.

Treatment Plans & Modalities

  • Craniosacral Therapy is a supportive and healing treatment to calm the autonomic nervous system, release tight areas of fascia and improve wellbeing. Studies of American Veterans have shown Craniosacral Therapy has a hugely positive effect on post concussion syndrome and is one of the many treatments we can provide at Wellness Embodied. For more information see our Craniosacral Therapy services page.
  • Exercise Testing. Using science backed exercise tests, we can establish the correct heart rate and intensity for your training and daily activities, allowing optimised blood flow and brain recovery without worsening your symptoms.
  • Rehabilitation. The effects of post concussion syndrome can include poor balance and increased susceptibility to future injuries. Our physiotherapist led Rehab Room sessions are specifically designed for you to perform and progress your rehab exercises under guidance, to ensure you return to the things you love quicker. We also offer an online education program called The Concussion Fix Program.

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Our team are committed to treating the person and body. Working to achieve optimum health outcomes for our patients. Referrals are not necessary. We treat clients of all ages: Private, DVA, WorkCover, CTP and other insurance claims, GP referrals. We offer health rebates on the spot for private clients, via the HiCaps system.

At Wellness Embodied, we also offer Cairns physiotherapy video consultations. These are available for our existing and new clients who are unable to physically attend an appointment in Cairns, whether that’s due to location, self-isolation or any other reason.

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Our Post-Concussion Syndrome Treatment Team

Alyza Brown - Senior Physiotherapist

Alyza is one of our CCMI trained Concussion Management Practitioners and provides Physiotherapy services to local sporting teams, including the Wanderers Rugby Union. She is also our Running and Strength / Movement Assessment Physiotherapist.

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Catherine Lipsett-Moore - Senior Physiotherapist & Naturopath

Catherine has degrees in Biology, Naturopathy and Physiotherapy. She is a strong advocate of holistic treatment and endeavours to treat the cause of the problem, while also alleviating the symptoms. She offers physiotherapy and naturopathy appointments at Wellness Embodied and looks forward to meeting you.

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Clara Andrich - Senior Physiotherapist

Clara is a passionate physiotherapist who is always learning and encourages our team to do the same, in her role as Lead Physiotherapist for the Wellness Embodied ‘Dizzy Clinic’. She is one of our CCMI trained Concussion Management Physiotherapists and our main Vestibular Physiotherapist, using the Vesticam goggles and evidence based techniques to assist those suffering with vertigo, balance issues and persistant dizziness. Clara speaks English, Spanish and basic Auslan.

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Jesse Booysen - Occupational Therapist

Jesse understands that each person has a unique set of goals and interests, and aims to support them to participate fully in those activities. She is passionate about tailoring her practice to complement the needs and preferences of her clients.

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Kate Jeremy - Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Kate loves to find a way to meet a client where they are at and believes that everyone’s approach to exercise should be different. She loves to help patients with osteoporosis or osteopenia, mental health struggles, back pain, musculoskeletal issues and more.

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Maigi Korbe - Senior Physiotherapist

Maigi is passionate about helping people and enjoys working as a physiotherapist. She has a special interest in vestibular rehabilitation and has undertaken extensive training in this area, and uses Vesticam infrared video goggles during sessions. Maigi is also one of our Complete Concussions trained clinicians and assists people who have sustained a concussion with their recovery.

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Suzanne Rath - Director & Lead Physiotherapist

Suzanne’s areas of interest include Craniosacral therapy, TMJ, Headaches and Concussion. Her books are currently closed to new clients, however, we can recommend the right member of our team to assist you.

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Testimonials

They have great physios, who get to know you as a person, not just your illness. They also do nice little personal touches, like sending you a birthday message or checking in via text to see you're ok after a treatment.

Natasha

I presently visit 3 different staff members and I find what they are helping me with, always improves my situation. They really care for me as a person, and I appreciate that! The admin girls are like friends - laughing and talking with me. I feel like I'm coming to visit family when I walk through the door. I love your business' dedication to community also

Louise

I was impressed with the all-round service, not just physio, but also nutrition and exercise and breathing

Helen

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