An Active Approach in Concussion Prevent and Recovery
Reduce the risk of a concussion through active prevention. Concussion baseline testing provides you with important information about your current brain health. This testing provides the basis of your individualized protocol to improve your reaction speed and neck strength and minimize forces up to the brain.
We treat concussions for everyone
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MPT, BSc, CSCS, CAFCI, IMS, NDT/C
CAT(C), BPE Certified Athletic Therapist
Happy Valley Location
What is the Concussion Prevention Program?
Our Concussion Prevention Program employs the only technology in the world that is clinically proven to measure and mitigate the risk of concussion – called the RAM4 Concussion Prevention System.
As the first clinic in British Columbia to offer this independently assessed, clinically validated technology, Parkway Physiotherapy + Performance Centre is proud to be your go-to place for all things related to concussions.
The RAM4 Concussion Prevention System tests your speed, reflexes and strength to provide an assessment of your neck and head function.
The test results are measured against the CAP Safety Standards to calculate your risk of concussion.
The resulting score sets the baseline for a 16-week training cycle which targets specific weaknesses that are making you vulnerable to a concussion.
Complete Concussion Care at Parkway Physiotherapy
At Parkway Physiotherapy + Performance Centre, complete recovery from a concussion is supported by qualified specialists who will design a mix of treatments and therapies. Decisions are made in consultation with you and your family doctor or neurologist.
Your personal Treatment Action Plan will be shared with your doctor, who will be kept apprised of your progress. We are also available to help you communicate with your work, school or coach to support a safe, gradual return to regular activities.
What does Complete Concussion Care look like?
- Our concussion physiotherapists will ask about your history and perform baseline tests
- During this session, your physiotherapist will also test for neck strength, range of motion, stability and biomechanics.
- We’ll conduct a cranial nerve test and Vestibular Ocular Motor Screen (VOMS).
- VOMS testing will look at how your eyes, inner ears and brain are working together after your concussion
- We will assess your balance
- We will assess your ability to ramp your heart rate. This is a vital part of concussion rehabilitation and must be progressed carefully to see if any symptoms are provoked during exercise.
While the journey to full recovery can take some time, many clients begin to see improvement almost immediately.
Supporting Your Post-Concussion Return
Our number one priority is to ensure you have a safe return to activity.
Once your symptoms resolve and your physical rehabilitation has progressed, we suggest taking the RAM test to indicate your neck function and concussion risk. The results of this test may lead to further work in neck strength and conditioning.
Before you return to normal life, we want to retest your Brain Gauge assessment, retest any of the symptoms you experienced after the injury, and retest any baselines we might have that were established before the injury occurred.
So you can feel confident returning to activity.
“This kind of preventative, performance-focused therapy is a perfect fit with our clinic philosophy. It’s based on physiotherapy technology, so is a natural extension of our comprehensive care programs,” says JR Justesen, partner, Parkway Physiotherapy. “The system gives the athlete the ability to be proactive and have more control over their exposure to risk of concussion. In the same way, targeted training for a marathon improves performance and reduces the likelihood of injury, so does the RAM4 system specifically reduce the risk of concussion.”
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Let’s get your brain health back on track
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