CMT Concussion Treatment

Our Concussion Treatment via Cranial Movement Therapy (CMT)

Concussion rates continue to rise from year to year. Although rest is important, it doesn’t relieve a patient from life-long symptoms such as migraines, cognitive disorders, emotional disturbances, memory loss, or even seizures.

What is Cranial Movement Therapy (CMT)?

CMT (Cranial Movement Therapy) restores the normal “intrinsic” movement of the cranial bones, which is altered after a concussion, or several smaller blows to the head.  When a person experiences physical trauma to the head, this normal movement is altered, which has a direct affect on brain function.  Abnormal cranial bone movement causes symptoms such as headaches, reading issues, memory problems, anxieties, depressions, sleep disturbances, balance issues, coordination issues.

When a concussion occurs, the cranial bone movement is altered, diminishing brain function and causing lasting symptoms.

Why is CMT Treatment Necessary after Suffering a Concussion or Head Injury?

After a concussion, brain function will continue to deteriorate over time and the symptoms that an individual is experiencing may never fully resolve. Some of the acute symptoms may resolve initially; however, the more detrimental issues can remain over a longer period of time.

Why? One of the functions of cranial bone movement is the “pumping” of cerebro spinal fluid (CSF). CSF in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) has many roles. One of those specific roles is the removal of the metabolic waste products which are produced in the central nervous system (CNS). When a person suffers a head injury, the cranial bone movement is lessened, which slows the normal flow of the CSF. This “slowing” of normal CSF flow allows the metabolic waste products to remain in the central nervous system longer than normal. Over time, this will destroy brain tissue. When a person receives CMT, the CSF flow returns to normal, allowing the brain to heal and return to it’s pre-concussion condition.

What Differentiates CMT from Other Concussion Treatments?

As stated earlier, CMT returns the injured party back to where he or she was before the head injury.

Other therapies:

1.) Rest. This was the preferred course of treatment for years. The philosophy was that if the injured party “rests”, his or her brain will heal. Unfortunately for the concussed party, this isn’t true. No other injury is treated this way. There is always an intervention of some kind when a person has a physical injury. For example: a broken leg is set and a cast is placed on the leg; and a laceration is cleaned and stitches or staples are used to close the wound.

A national meeting was held here in Pittsburgh about three years ago (Concussion Summit, October 2015), where it was discussed that “rest” was no longer the preferred course of treatment for concussion, and that some type of therapy or intervention was needed to assist in the healing of a concussion.

As the result of the meeting, treatment now includes:

2) Vision Therapy. This form of treatment theoretically makes sense, but the reality is that one of the cranial bones which plays a very important role in concussion is the sphenoid bone, which makes up part of the orbits of the eyes. Eye muscles attach to this bone, so it has a direct on eye-tracking. Until the sphenoid is treated and stabilized (first), Vision Therapy will provide little or no results.

3) Vestibular Therapy.  We’ve found that Vestibular Therapy is a useful tool, but not as a primary treatment modality for concussion. This is because the main issue (abnormal cranial bone movement) is not addressed, so the underlying problem for concussion isn’t corrected. Dr. Simkovich has concluded that Vestibular Therapy is excellent in helping the patient recover (rehabilitate) AFTER they get treated with CMT.

4) Physical Therapy. This is the same as the Vestibular Therapy.

You May Think You’re Better, But You Really Aren’t

Many people get “used to” functioning at a compromised level after awhile.  One may not realize that he or she has NOT been returned to pre-concussion status.

Questions to Ask Yourself::

  1. do I feel as good as I did before my concussion?
  2. are my grades as good as they were before my concussion?
  3. am I sleeping as well as I did before my concussion?
  4. am I remembering things as well as I did before my concussion?
  5. am I playing my sport at the same level as i was before my concussion?

Essentially, concussion victims should ask themselves whether they are able to do all of the same things, and at the same level, as they could pre-concussion.

If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” please contact us today.

“I never had a known concussion, but Dr. Simkovich explained how much cumulative smaller blows to the head affect brain function. After treatment, my comprehension and concentration skills greatly improved. The dull headaches that I often had stopped and my memory was noticeably sharper. I typically had a hard time remembering people’s names, but that improved dramatically after Dr. Simkovich treated me.”

— Todd Kalis, Former NFL Player, Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers

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