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  • Writer's pictureEsna van der Walt

Get concussion relief through syntonic phototherapy

Concussions are no longer just considered a “ding” to the head, but taken seriously as it has the potential to result in a variety of short- or long-term changes in brain function. Because school children and young athletes are particularly vulnerable to the effects of a concussion, it is important for parents, teachers and coaches to be well informed of what causes a concussion, what the impact and symptoms of a concussion are and the treatment options, which includes getting relief from concussion symptoms through syntonic phototherapy.


What causes a concussion?


Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head, leading to the brain shaking within the skull. This impact can result in chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. While often perceived as mild, concussions are serious injuries that can have long-lasting effects on cognitive and physical health. Contrary to popular belief, a person does not need to lose consciousness (be “knocked-out”) to suffer a concussion. In fact, less than 5% of concussed athletes suffer a loss of consciousness.


The impact and symptoms of a concussion


The symptoms of a concussion can vary widely, including headaches, dizziness, confusion, memory loss and difficulties with balance and coordination. In some cases, individuals may also experience emotional disturbances such as irritability or depression.


The immediate symptoms of a concussion can appear right after the injury or be delayed by hours or even days. This variability makes concussions challenging to diagnose and manage. If left untreated or improperly managed, concussions can lead to post-concussion syndrome, where symptoms persist for weeks, months or even longer.


Repeated concussions can increase the risk of long-term cognitive decline and conditions such as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is associated with severe memory loss, impaired judgment, and emotional instability.


Traditional treatment of concussions


Conventional treatment for concussions typically involves rest and the gradual return to normal activities. Medical professionals often recommend physical and cognitive rest to allow the brain to heal. This might include avoiding screens, limiting exposure to bright lights and loud noises, and abstaining from physical exertion. However, while rest is critical, it is not always sufficient to address all symptoms, especially in cases of post-concussion syndrome.


What is syntonic phototherapy?


One emerging treatment for concussion symptoms is syntonic phototherapy, a form of light therapy that has shown promise in addressing various visual and neurological conditions. Syntonic phototherapy involves the use of specific wavelengths of light to regain the balance of the body’s regulatory centres. It is an advanced non-invasive treatment that has been used for more than 100 years that can treat visual dysfunctions, such as strabismus (eye turn), amblyopia (lazy eye), focusing and convergence problems, learning disorders, and the effects that occur due to brain injuries, concussion, stress, and trauma.


How syntonic phototherapy works


Syntonic phototherapy uses specific light colours (frequencies and wavelengths) to improve specific centres in the brain that regulate neuro-chemical, hormonal and electrical balances and in turn, regulate certain body functions.


In the context of concussion treatment, syntonic phototherapy aims to address the visual disturbances often associated with brain injuries. Patients frequently report issues such as blurred vision, sensitivity to light and difficulty focusing – symptoms that syntonic phototherapy can mitigate. By restoring the balance in their nervous system through syntonic phototherapy, patients may experience relief from associated headaches, dizziness, and cognitive strain.


During syntonic phototherapy a patient will wear prescribed coloured goggles while looking at a light source for a specified time, a number of times per week. Syntonic phototherapy is often combined with a vision therapy programme to reinforce and maintain long term benefits.


The benefits of syntonic phototherapy


Syntonic phototherapy has been proven to significantly reduce concussion symptoms, leading to improved visual clarity, reduced light sensitivity, better sleep patterns and enhanced mood stability. Because the therapy is non-invasive, it presents a low-risk option for those seeking alternative or complementary treatments for concussions.


In conclusion


Concussions are serious injuries that can have profound and lasting effects on a person’s health – especially in children and young athletes who are more prone to suffering from concussions. Syntonic phototherapy offers a promising treatment by using different wavelengths to improve their visual and neurological function.


Talk to Tomlinson Optometrists about syntonic phototherapy


Tomlinson Optometrists offers a full range of optometry services, including treatment of concussions through syntonic phototherapy, combined with a tailored vision therapy programme.


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