One minute you’re standing there enjoying life – the next you’re laying there wondering if you’re still alive. What the (bleep)… It all happened so fast, and now, in retrospect there are things I wish I had known.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane – or in this case – lack thereof. A few years ago I suffered a dual blow to my head during an accident. As I had hit both the front and back of my skull simultaneously I was left with some serious damage. It took a few weeks for the swelling to go down, but I believed that I was on the road to recovery. Who Knew?
Post Concussion Syndrome
Who knew that there had been so much damage? On a visit to the Doc he told me that I had experienced a severe concussion and the effects I was feeling were known as Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS). He also let me know that the effects could last for quite some time.
I felt that the headaches and dizziness would go away pretty quick, but the strain of fluorescent lights on my eyes and the loss of vocabulary recall were pretty scary. Worried about this, the doctor enrolled me in an arduous program to rebuild normal brain functions. I was to work on basic math, speech, and special skills with a special emphasis on rebuilding my once extensive vocabulary and memory.
I Wish I had Known
How I wish I had known that there’s a treatment available that may have helped me normalize my injury much quicker.
Cranial Osteopathy Treatment
Cranial Osteopathy Treatment became a term heard more often after it was used as a Post Concussion Therapy for superstars Sidney Crosby, Eric Lindros, Caitlin Cahow and Matthew Lombardi , to mention a few. Many elite athletes commonly use it now when their head and/or neck have been injured.
What is Cranial Osteopathy?
Cranial Osteopathy involves a gentle ‘hands-on’ treatment aiming to normalize the tension within the membranes that house your brain and spinal cord. In ‘easy-speak’ – you’ve really rattled your brain and it’s hurting.
These membranes are found within your skull and are not directly accessible. Because of this only a trained practitioner is able to help to restore the balance within. They do this by normalizing the tensions, from the exterior of your skull.
The belief is that the gentle pressure of manipulation at specific points of the skull help normalize the pressure and cerebral fluids inside the cranial cavity. Doing this can produce positive hormone secretions that result in the central nervous system and body (as a whole) to function better.
What Does a Treatment Involve?
A practitioner uses very light touch, making small movements along the neck and head, sometimes involving other body parts as well. This will help to restore balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of our systems that regulate our ability to de-stress and relax. The treatment effect is to release the tension in the neck, shoulders, spine and even tailbone areas. Most often patients find themselves deeply relaxed during the treatment.
Even though it normally takes a few treatments to get better, patients often experience immediate responses after each treatment.
There are many researchers trying to uncover and understand the full effects of PCS, but there’s still much to learn. One thing that has become very clear is that no two injuries are identical and what works for one person may not work for the next.
But one thing is for certain – I wish I had known this as I struggled to regain myself.
Action Rehab Therapy
This article has been brought to you by Nancy Spence of Action Rehab Therapy. Nancy is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. Her treatments are patient-centered and based on evidence-informed practice methods.
With Nancy’s expertise and experience treating pain, you will become the best you. If you have suffered injury or pain from sports, overuse, accidents or other illnesses, seeking Osteopathic Therapies may be an excellent choice to make.
Written By: Jane Laker
Photo Credit: Veronika Kovecses