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CONCUSSION RECOVERY

What are your tools?

You have many tools in your box when recovering from a concussion. We will help you figure out which ones are most important to reduce your symptoms. We recommend that you put together a rescue kit. This kit has all the tools you need to help you reduce stimulation to your overwhelmed brain which will bring your symptoms down. Patients will often need/ their rescue kit in the car, at work, or while traveling.

Rescue Kit

  • Eye mask - for Palming and recovery from visual/light overstimulation.

  • Brimmed hat is best, it can be ball cap or sun hat style.

  • Ear plugs - there are many styles (see Noise Sensitivity Tools for earplugs for specifics).

  • Dark sunglasses or light sensitivity glasses.
  • Rescue Remedy - homeopathic remedy for stress.

  • Water - hydration is always helpful as dehydration is a major migraine trigger.

  • Essential oils - some people find aromatherapy soothing and helpful in reducing stress, anxiety, and migraines.

  • Medication - for migraine, nausea, pain. Have what medications work for you with you at all times.

    
Light Sensitivity Tools

  • FL-41 Light Sensitivity Glasses:

    • Zenni Optics - three different tint options, less expensive

    • Theraspecs - darkest tint, mid-range price

    • Axon Optics - more expensive

    • Felix Gray -  clear and amber tint available, mid-range price

    • Avulux - these block blue, amber, and red light (Migraine specific), more expensive

    • Sleep ZM - what we carry in the office currently, great starter option

  • Screen Filters

  • Monotone phone screen

  • Blue light blocking (night mode on cell phone)

  • Computer screen tint app - darkens or tints your screen to improve light tolerance:

    • Apple: Flux

    • PC: Colorveil


Noise Sensitivity Tools

  • Musician Earplugs - reduce environmental background sound while allowing you to hear conversations clearly:

    • Ear Peace

    • Eargasms

    • Eardial HiFi

  • Noise Cancelling Headphones:

    • Airpod pro

    • Bose Quiet Comfort 45


Visual Tools

  • Palming -

  • Bi-nasal Occlusion

  • Guided reading Rulers

    
ROLE OF MEDICINE
Supplements
These are common supplements used in concussion recovery. Please check with your PCP before starting any supplements. If we are recommending supplements, we are happy to communicate with your physician team to ensure that there are no contraindications.

  • Sleep:

    • Melatonin

    • Magnesium

    • GABA

    • L-Theanine

    • 5-HTP

    • Lemon Balm

  • Stress (HPA Axis):

    • Cortisol Manager

    • L-Theanine

    • Ashwagandha

    • Rhodiola

    • Lemon Balm

  • Inflammation:

    • Omega 3 Fish Oil

    • Curcumin

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