Concussion, return to play, concussion management, headaches, therapy, chiropractic


Most people recover within a few days to three months. The Zurich Consensus statement on concussion recovery recommends the following five stages of rehabilitation:

  1. No activity: Focus on recovery. Rest your body and your mind.
  2. Light aerobic exercise: Get your heart rate up with light activities like walking and swimming, but don’t go past 70% of your maximum heart rate. Your goal is to increase your heart rate without risk of re-injury. Do not do any resistance training yet.
  3. Sport-specific exercise: Add movement by re-introducing sport-specific movement like skating or running drills. Do not do anything that might risk a head impact.
  4. Non-contact training drills: Add more complex forms of training to improve your exercise, coordination and cognitive load. This could include passing drills in football and hockey. You may start resistance training again.
  5. Full-contact practice: Once your doctor says it’s okay, you can participate in normal training again. This will build your confidence and skills before returning to play.

At any stage, if you experience any recurring symptoms, restart the process and remain inactive until the symptoms stop.

Returning to play after concussion should occur only with medical clearance from a licensed health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussions.


Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski


Introducing Elapromed Dermatology Treatments

Introducing Elapromed Dermatology Treatments

Your Natural Answer to Beautiful Skin



Acne, scars & oily skin Rosacea, redness & irritated skin Hyperpigmentation, dark spots, sun damage & melasma Stretch marks Fine lines & wrinkles, lack of firmness & elasticity Cellulite Hair thinning Dehydrated skin


What is an Elapromed Treatment?

Elapromed treatments use pulses of low current to transiently open the skin’s pores, called electroporation.  This allows the application and absorption of skin condition specific natural products at the cellular level.

There are many other benefits apart from just treating specific skin conditions, the cumulative benefits of electroporation include:

  • penetration of the delivered compounds is above 90%
  • decreased puffiness, increased collagen and elastin production, firming/lifting and regenerating effect.
  • restoring water balance in the skin.


What conditions can be treated?

Elapromed treatments have successfully treated:

  • Acne, scars & oily skin
  • Rosacea, redness & irritated skin
  • Hyperpigmentation, dark spots, sun damage & melasma
  • Stretch marks
  • Fine lines & wrinkles, lack of firmness & elasticity
  • Cellulite
  • Hair thinning
  • Dehydrated skin


How many sessions do I need?

Some individuals will notice the appearance of their skin improves after just one treatment.  However, significant lasting results usually occur after 3-6 weekly treatments.  The effects can be maintained with regular maintenance treatments or as needed depending on the skin condition being treated.

Why Elapromed?


Short treatment time: Dramatic results in a comfortable 30 – 45 minutes, possibly over lunch, for active women and men.


No downtime: Skin looks greatly improved immediately after the treatment, and you can go back to your normal activities.


Proven Results: Research conclusively proves Elapromed’s stated skin rejuvenation benefits.


High Absorption: Up to 70 ml of active compounds are absorbed deep into the skin during one treatment.


No parabens, artificial colours, or fragrances: Elapromed compounds are intelligent….no unnecessary ingredients. Only powerful natural actives necessary to obtain results.


Natural active ingredients: Botanical stem-cells and vital actives combined in the most advanced proprietary formulations that address the face, body, and scalp concerns.


Non-invasive procedure: Low voltage stimulates the skin to open the dermal water channels and allow for high actives absorption with no to little discomfort.


No risk of scarring: Because the skin is never broken in the procedure, scarring and other abrasive effects are not possible.


Are there any contraindications?

Yes, because we are using electric current there are a few contraindications you need to be aware of.

  • Pregnancy
  • Infections, skin diseases in an area where a given body part is to be treated
  • Pacemaker
  • Conductive metal implants (in an area where a given body part is to be treated)
  • Recent surgery (especially if the patient has not consulted his doctor about the treatment)
  • Malignant diseases
  • Heart problems
  • Very low or very high blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Inflammation of veins in the acute phase
  • Aesthetic medicine treatments (e.g. gold threads, permanent fillers in area to be treated)


This is the natural skin care you have been searching for!



In health,

Dr. Lisa Vecchi

Naturopathic Doctor

Registered Acupuncturist



Concussion Part 2: Dealing With A Concussion


If you’ve had a concussion, the first 10 days are crucial. During this time you are at the greatest risk for another concussion. Not only that, your risk of getting another concussion rises every time you have one. If you can protect yourself in those first few days, you’ll have much better odds of a full recovery.

dealing with concussion, concussion, head trauma, headaches,

But first, you need to know that you have a concussion. Effective concussion management starts with recognizing the signs and symptoms, some of which may show up hours or days after your injury. It is important for parents, coaches, trainers and athletes to recognize these early signs. They typically include:

  • Difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating or remembering new information.
  • Headache, blurry vision, queasiness or vomiting, dizziness, balance problems or sensitivity to noise or light.
  • Irritability, moodiness, sadness or nervousness.
  • Extreme sleepiness or difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep.

Any athlete with potential concussion warning signs should see a physician as quickly as possible for a diagnosis. Remember, there is no simple test for a concussion. Many concussions can be missed if you rely only on a simple five-minute assessment done on the sidelines.

Athletes, coaches, parents and health care providers should all be up to date on concussions. If you are not comfortable dealing with a concussion yourself, have a concussion plan in place so you know exactly who to ask for help if someone shows warning signs.

Do you have a concussion? Not sure or haven’t been diagnosed? Please consult a medical practitioner. Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski, for consultation, diagnosis and treatment of concussions. Please call or email us for more information.

Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski D.C.


Concussion Part 1: What is a Concussion??

Concussions are called an ‘invisible injury’ because its symptoms aren’t always easy to recognize and even MRI imaging isn’t perfect at identifying a concussion. But with this kind of brain trauma, the effects are all too real. According to Scientific American, one blow to the head may increase your risk of a mental health disorder. We’ll cover some steps you can take to reduce your chances of suffering long term effects after a hard hit.

Concussion, Brain Injury

What is a Concussion?

concussion is traumatic brain injury caused when the brain is shaken inside the skull, which can cause damage to blood vessels in the brain or even injury to the brain tissue itself.

All it takes is a hard tumble on the basketball court or a blow to the head or the body. Yes, that’s right — you don’t necessarily have to hit your head. For example, when your body stops suddenly due to a hard tackle or a strong pick, it can cause whiplash and a concussion.

Some people think concussions only happen if you black out. But nine out of ten concussions don’t make you lose consciousness, and some only cause a brief interruption in mental alertness. Studies find that most high school and college athletes don’t report concussions while playing football. They might not realise that a concussion can happen even if you don’t black out.

In the past, athletes in many sports returned to play too soon after a concussion, sometimes even on the same day. But sports and health organizations are starting to take these injuries much more seriously. Trainers, health care professionals and athletes themselves are watching more closely for concussions and taking a more conservative approach to rehabilitation and return to play. This is an important change for the health of athletes everywhere.

Dr. Alexandra Tarkowski


Why helmets don’t prevent concussions

As this is Brain Injury Awareness Month, we wanted to share this incredible video on concussions from David Camarillo.

Please watch and share.


Here is an excellent post from the Ontario Brain Injury Association;

Unmasking Brain Injury Project

Pulling back the curtain on brain injuries

On June 1, 2018, over 20 communities across Ontario will be unveiling the Unmasking Brain Injury (UBI) Project in celebration of Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Brain injuries are invisible disabilities. They are unseen, hidden and non-visible to most of the population. So are the cognitive, emotional and psychological impacts which can be life altering. The UBI Project aims to increase understanding of what it is like to live with a brain injury, using masks survivors create to represent their personal experiences.

The UBI Project is an international movement. Started and coordinated by Hinds’ Feet Farm in Huntsville, North Carolina, USA, UBI was inspired by work being done with military veterans using masks. To date, more than 847 masks have been created in 3 countries.

OBIA and our partners joined the UBI movement to support the mission to:

  • PROMOTE awareness of the prevalence of brain injury;
  • GIVE survivors a voice and the means to educate others of what it’s like to live with a brain injury;
  • SHOW others that persons living with a disability due to their brain injury are like anyone else, deserving of dignity, respect, compassion and the opportunity to prove their value as citizens in their respective communities.

In Ontario, OBIA is coordinating the launch of UBI to coincide with the start of Brain Injury Awareness Month (BIAM) 2018. Together with local Brain Injury Associations and community partners (see links below), events will be held across the province on June 1, 2018 and throughout the month. Contact your local association and join in the celebration.

We hope you will join us in this visually powerful and emotional project to raise awareness of ABI and the unique experiences of survivors.

To view:

  • a list of participating Brain Injury Associations/community partners,
  • a copy of the Media Release,
  • and to see samples of the masks,

follow the link to the Brain Injury Awareness Month page:

Brain Injury Awareness Month

For more information from the Ontario Brain Injury Association, please go to;


We will be following up with more information on different therapies that we offer that can aid in the recovery of concussions.