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Post-Concussion Sufferers May Get Relief From Moderate Exercise

A new study has found that moderate exercise may help those who suffer from post-concussion syndrome (PCS), according to the National Post.

Those with PCS continue to suffer from the symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI), such as dizziness, headaches, insomnia and irritability. These PCS patients haven’t gotten much attention or focus, with the standard treatment for their condition just being rest.

But in a new study reported in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers had athletes with PCS work out on a treadmill, moderately. The goal was to create relief from PCS by working on the assumption that it is caused by an imbalanced flow of blood in the brain.

It’s known that rigorous exercise interferes with the flow of blood to the brain and can make concussion symptoms worse. So in the study, the patients with PCS were put on an exercise routine that ramped up slowly, and wasn’t very intense.

Researchers found that people in that group became better able to exercise after just a few weeks.

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