Concussions are increasing

The number of people who are diagnosed with concussions is skyrocketing. One reason is the increased public awareness of the potentially severe consequences of unresolved concussions. Another reason is that our brains are not as healthy as they should be pre-concussion due to factors such as stress, diet and lifestyle. This means that even small concussive forces can cause our less-than-healthy brains to become badly damaged.

Patients who have experienced a concussion can suffer from many symptoms including:

  • Anxiety
  • Brain Fog
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Difficulty with reading/higher level thinking
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Poor attention
  • Poor coordination
  • Sensitivity to light/sound

"The wait it out approach" is not working

Unfortunately, the medical approach is treating concussions is simply to assess the damage and “wait it out”. While this is better than ignoring the concussion, which was the standard practice in the past, waiting for the brain to self-recover takes a very long time and often leaves the patient with persistent problems.

Our providers have spent hundreds of hours studying the best ways to help concussion patients and we have developed an excellent concussion screening and treatment protocol in Champlin that includes three steps to concussion recovery.

At Team Health Care Clinic in Champlin we’ve developed a program to screen for and treat concussions called “Three Steps to Concussion Recovery”

These three steps are the basis of our plan to successfully treat patients who have suffered a concussion.

Step One: “Thorough Testing” demonstrates the location and severity of the concussion 

Step Two: “Proper Fuel” reduces inflammation and increase nutrients to the brain

Step Three: “Precise Stimulation” is the science of knowing how much to stimulate the brain and the correct method to use

WATCH A SHORT VIDEO FROM DR. ERIK STARR ON CONCUSSION SCREENING AND TREATMENT

LEARN ABOUT OUR $90 SPORTS PHYSICALS WITH BASELINE CONCUSSION SCREENING

To better understand concussions, think of them as a forest fire

Concussions can be compared to a forest being struck by lightning. The lightning bolt can cause a fire and damage trees, leading to significant difficulty navigating through the forest’s trail system. 

Similarly, the “lightning bolt” to the head (concussion) causes a “fire” which is inflammation and “damaged trees” which are the brain neurons. This combination can limit passage of the brain’s trail system, causing poor cognitive function and a multitude of symptoms detailed in the list above.

Our “Three Steps to Concussion Recovery” in Champlin reduces inflammation and stimulates nerve pathways to restore the navigation of the brain’s trail system

STEP ONE: Thorough Testing

Our providers carefully assess each patient and perform the appropriate concussion screenings in Champlin to determine the location and severity of the concussion.

Testing may include some of the following methods:

  • Extensive Neurologic Examination of the sensory, oculomotor, vestibular, reflexive and balance system to localize the damaged regions.
  • Balance Plates are used to detect subtle balance problems.
  • Timing Assessment uses an interactive metronome to determine if the brain’s processing speed has been affected.
  • King-Devick Test in association with Mayo Clinic offers evidence-based tools utilizing integrated technology for concussion screening, reading performance and neurologic function.
  • SCAT2 Test assesses cognitive function, coordination, and gross motor ability and is utilized on the field or shortly after the trauma.
  • Pulsed Oximetry detects if the patient is experiencing poor oxygen saturation rates.
  • Brain Span Test combines cognitive function assessments online with a finger prick blood test for inflammation.
  • Functional Blood Profile Test assesses over 60 important wellness markers for factors that could interfere with recovery.
  • Neuropsychological Testing performed with the online CNS Vital Signs Test evaluates attention, processing speed, memory, sleep anxiety, depression and other brain functions.
  • EEG with Digital Analysis measures the electrical activity of the brain by using a cap with sensors that digitally analyzes and assesses the location and severity of brain imbalance.

STEP TWO: Proper Fuel

At Team Health Care Clinic we take an important step in concussion treatment in Champlin which is often overlooked by traditional medical providers. We strive to create an environment in the brain that promotes healing, reduces inflammation, increases nutrients and encourages the formation of new nerve connections.

The typical American diet CREATES brain inflammation. Trying to heal a brain in an environment that creates inflammation is like swimming against the stream. It can be done, but it takes longer and it’s a lot more work!

There are many possible therapeutic interventions we may suggest to help the brain heal:

Reduce inflammation of the brain

  • We recommend inflammation-reducing supplements including flavonoids, glutathione, resveratrol, turmeric, DHA, green tea leaf, chamomile and chrysanthemum leaf extracts.
  • We suggest that patients eliminate nerve-toxic foods and avoid other brain toxins.   
  • We recommend ways to restore function of the gut.
  • Implementation of a diet low in carbohydrates, moderate in proteins, and high in good fats is advised.

Increase nutrients to the brain

We recommend supplements that increase blood flow to the brain such as:

  • Xanthinol nicotinate
  • N-acetyl carnitine
  • Alpha-GPC
  • Vinpocetine
  • Huperzine
  • Ginkgo bilbao
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Feverfew
  • Butcher’s broom

Replenish any deficiencies detected during blood tests such as:

  • B vitamins
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Other options  

Diet and exercise recommendations

Diet and exercise can be a factor in recovering from concussions. We recommend the following:

  • A diet high in healthy fats
  • A good exercise program
  • If poor oxygen saturation rates are detected, we recommend exercise with oxygen

STEP THREE: “Precise Stimulation”

At Team Health Care Clinic our experienced providers emphasize the most effective methods to stimulate the brain. We screen each concussion in Champlin to determine how much to stimulate the brain and the propertreatments to use to help patients rebuild their lost function.

Anyone suffering from a concussion knows that it is very easy to over stimulate their brain. Light, sound, computers, TV, reading, exercise, and many other normal life stressors can overload a brain that has been injured.

When the correct areas of the brain are stimulated using the appropriate amount of intensity, it can make the difference between successfully restoring the brain versus overloading the brain.

The following are examples of some of the therapies we may utilize to stimulate the brain:

  • Eye exercises to help regain eye-hand coordination, reading, eliminate headaches and other complaints.
  • Brain exercises to improve coordination and spatial awareness.
  • Balance training to treat abnormal balance issues.
  • Interactive metronome training to restore poor attention and brain processing speed.
  • Eye light therapy utilizes programmable LED lights embedded in sunglasses to stimulate the brain.
  • Computerized brain training to improve memory, reading, attention, and other cognitive functions.
  • Neurofeedback to train the brain to return to balance with a reward of watching a movie when the sensors detect the brains electrical activity in balance.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a medical grade magnet that pulses at a specific rate to promote recovery of an injured brain, based on the patient’s previously assessed EEG. This treatment is typically reserved for long-standing and significant post-concussion symptoms such as: major depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor memory, and other serious complaints.
  • Chiropractic adjustments to areas of the spine injured by the concussive force.

IF YOU OR YOUR CHILD HAVE EXPERIENCED A CONCUSSION, SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO DISCUSS WHETHER YOU ARE A CANDIDATE FOR OUR THREE STEPS TO CONCUSSION RECOVERY WITH ONE OF OUR KNOWLEDGEABLE PROVIDERS BY CALLING OUR OFFICE AT 763-323-1492 OR CLICK HERE TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT ONLINE

Concussions are increasing

The number of people who are diagnosed with concussions is skyrocketing. One reason is the increased public awareness of the potentially severe consequences of unresolved concussions. Another reason is that our brains are not as healthy as they should be pre-concussion due to factors such as stress, diet and lifestyle. This means that even small concussive forces can cause our less-than-healthy brains to become badly damaged.

Patients who have experienced a concussion can suffer from many symptoms including:

  • Anxiety
  • Brain Fog
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Difficulty with reading/higher level thinking
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Poor attention
  • Poor coordination
  • Sensitivity to light/sound

"The wait it out approach" is not working

Unfortunately, the medical approach is treating concussions is simply to assess the damage and “wait it out”. While this is better than ignoring the concussion, which was the standard practice in the past, waiting for the brain to self-recover takes a very long time and often leaves the patient with persistent problems.

Our providers have spent hundreds of hours studying the best ways to help concussion patients and we have developed an excellent concussion screening and treatment protocol in Champlin that includes three steps to concussion recovery.

At Team Health Care Clinic in Champlin we’ve developed a program to screen for and treat concussions called “Three Steps to Concussion Recovery”

These three steps are the basis of our plan to successfully treat patients who have suffered a concussion.

Step One: “Thorough Testing” demonstrates the location and severity of the concussion 

Step Two: “Proper Fuel” reduces inflammation and increase nutrients to the brain

Step Three: “Precise Stimulation” is the science of knowing how much to stimulate the brain and the correct method to use

WATCH A SHORT VIDEO FROM DR. ERIK STARR ON CONCUSSION SCREENING AND TREATMENT

LEARN ABOUT OUR $90 SPORTS PHYSICALS WITH BASELINE CONCUSSION SCREENING

STEP ONE: Thorough Testing

Our providers carefully assess each patient and perform the appropriate testing to determine the location and severity of the concussion.

Testing may include some of the following methods:

  • Extensive Neurologic Examination of the sensory oculomotor, vestibular, reflexive and balance system to localize the damaged regions.
  • Balance Plates are used to detect subtle balance problems.
  • Timing Assessment uses an interactive metronome to determine if the brain’s processing speed has been affected.
  • King-Devick Test in association with Mayo Clinic offers evidence-based tools utilizing integrated technology for concussion screening, reading performance and neurologic function.
  • SCAT2 Test assesses cognitive function, coordination, and gross motor ability and is utilized on the field or shortly after the trauma.
  • Pulsed Oximetry detects if the patient is experiencing poor oxygen saturation rates.
  • Brain Span Test combines cognitive function assessments online with a finger prick blood test for inflammation.
  • Functional Blood Profile Test assesses over 60 important wellness markers for factors that could interfere with recovery.
  • Neuropsychological Testing performed with the online CNS Vital Signs Test evaluates attention, processing speed, memory, sleep anxiety, depression and other brain functions.
  • EEG with Digital Analysis measures the electrical activity of the brain by using a cap with sensors that digitally analyzes and assesses the location and severity of brain imbalance.

STEP TWO: Proper Fuel

At Team Health Care Clinic we take an important step in concussion recovery which is often overlooked by traditional medical providers. We strive to create an environment in the brain that promotes healing, reduces inflammation, increases nutrients and encourages the formation of new nerve connections.

The typical American diet CREATES brain inflammation. Trying to heal a brain in an environment that creates inflammation is like swimming against the stream. It can be done, but it takes longer and it’s a lot more work!

There are many possible therapeutic interventions we may suggest to help the brain heal:

Reduce inflammation of the brain

  • We recommend inflammation-reducing supplements including flavonoids, glutathione, resveratrol, turmeric, DHA, green tea leaf, chamomile and chrysanthemum leaf extracts.
  • We suggest that patients eliminate nerve-toxic foods and avoid other brain toxins.   
  • We recommend ways to restore function of the gut.
  • Implementation of a diet low in carbohydrates and moderate in protein is advised.

Increase nutrients to the brain

Many times our providers recommend supplements that increase blood flow to the brain. These can include:

  • Xanthinol nicotinate
  • N-acetyl carnitine
  • Alpha-GPC
  • Vinpocetine
  • Huperzine
  • Ginkgo bilbao
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Feverfew
  • Butcher’s broom

Replenish any deficiencies detected during blood tests

When appropriate, we recommend that patients take the following to replenish deficiencies:

  • B vitamins
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin D
  • Other options  

Diet and exercise recommendations

Diet and exercise can be a factor in recovering from concussions. We recommend the following:

  • A diet high in healthy fats.
  • A good exercise program. 
  • If the patient has poor oxygen saturation rates we recommend exercise with oxygen.

STEP THREE: “Precise Stimulation”

At Team Health Care Clinic our experienced providers specialize in the most effective ways to stimulate the brain. We evaluate each brain injury to determine how much to stimulate the brain and the proper methods to use to help patients rebuild their lost function.

Anyone suffering from a concussion knows that it is very easy to over stimulate their brain. Light, sound, computers, TV, reading, exercise, and many other normal life stressors can overload a brain that has been injured.

When the correct areas of the brain are stimulated using the appropriate amount of intensity, it can make the difference between successfully restoring the brain versus overloading the brain.

The following are examples of some of the therapies we may utilize to stimulate the brain:     

  • Eye exercises to help regain eye-hand coordination, reading, eliminate headaches and other complaints.
  • Brain exercises to improve coordination and spatial awareness.
  • Balance training to treat abnormal balance issues.
  • Interactive metronome training to restore poor attention and brain processing speed.
  • Eye light therapy utilizes programmable LED lights embedded in sunglasses to stimulate the brain.
  • Computerized brain training to improve memory, reading, attention, and other cognitive functions.
  • Neurofeedback to train the brain to return to balance with a reward of watching a movie when the sensors detect the brains electrical activity in balance.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a medical grade magnet that pulses at a specific rate to promote recovery of an injured brain, based on the patient’s previously assessed EEG. This treatment is typically reserved for long-standing and significant post-concussion symptoms such as: major depression, anxiety, insomnia, poor memory, and other serious complaints.
  • Chiropractic adjustments to areas of the spine injured by the concussive force.

How the Team Health Care Clinic “Reconnect the Brain” Protocol Works

Our approach consists of three areas:

  • Stimulation: targets weak areas to strengthen & restore communication to other areas of the brain
  • Activation: physical exercises stimulate coordination between muscle groups
  • Fuel: nutrition and diet helps remove imbalances and provides proper nutritional building blocks

The first step is to access the extent of imbalance. This is done over a series of three appointments and includes:

  • Functional neurology testing for imbalances
  • Metabolic assessment (diet, allergy, neurotransmitter, detoxification)
  • Interactive Metronome assessment (determines brain’s processing speed and ability to focus)
  • Physical Therapy assessment (gross motor skills)
  • Neurofeedback maps the brain’s electrical activity and reports on probability or extent of cognitive and emotional problems.

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