If you have had a concussion or know someone who has, you or your loved one/friend/neighbor may have also suffered from Post-Concussion Syndrome. Post-Concussion Syndrome occurs in individuals who have suffered from a head injury and have side effects that last for weeks or months. These symptoms include headache, fatigue, dizziness, mood swings, personality changes, memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and excessive drowsiness.
With repeated sub-concussive hits to the head, concussions, and Post-Concussion Syndrome, individuals suffer from repetitive brain trauma and may develop Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, CTE. Individuals suffering with CTE may have cognitive, emotional, physical, and behavioral problems, some which may not be noticeable right away. With CTE, neurodegenerative changes can be seen with images of the brain, but a diagnosis of CTE is currently only given after death during an autopsy.
Post-Concussion Syndrome and CTE has received some press in the last few years, including this - http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/76-of-79-deceased-nfl-players-found-to-have-brain-disease/
This summer I was selected, along with approximately 25 other therapists, from around the world to participate as a CranioSacral Therapist in the second research study on the effects of intensive therapy on Post-Concussion Syndrome with retired NFL and CFL athletes. The goal of the study was to use manual therapy approaches, including CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and Neural Manipulation, to alleviate the symptoms of Post-Concussion Syndrome, of repeated trauma to the brain, and to allow for healing in those individuals with a predisposition for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.
This study was of great interest to me, because although I am not a world class athlete, I had suffered from disabling Post-Concussion Syndrome. I saw double, my eyes would get blurry, was extremely dizzy and tired, couldn’t have a conversation with someone next to me without turning my entire body, couldn’t grocery shop because the visual information of people passing by next to me was too overwhelming to handle, couldn’t look at a computer, phone, or TV without feeling absolutely horrible and with increased dizziness and nausea. I had difficulty with balancing, difficulty with concentration, horrible headaches, and, as one would imagine, felt pretty depressed. I was unable to work, then returned on light duty, because I wanted to be ready and I wasn’t and had to take more time off. I rested and rested and things remained the same. I felt awful. I went to Medical Doctors and Neurologists whom I felt only half believed what I was saying and I self-referred to vestibular rehab. This helped me, but after many weeks, I knew it wasn’t the answer. I wore prism glasses and reading glasses, which made my visual world more tolerable. I went to vision therapy, which did help me a lot. It allowed me to tolerate visual movement in the periphery without wanting to close my eyes, vomit, or cry. I was making progress, but something else was needed. I was treated with CranioSacral Therapy and in 1 visit, I felt a world of improvement. I felt almost 100%. It was awesome!
Now as a CranioSacral Therapist, here was a big chance to give back!
A pilot study was conducted in 2014 and the results have been compiled and presented at different conferences. The data is currently being assessed from the 2015 study. Here is a link to the 2014 study: http://www.upledger.org/programs/concussion-program.php
While participating in this study, the players had amazing results – decreased pain, increased mobility in areas that were injured greater than 20 years ago, improved brain clarity and cognition, improved sleep, improved mood, and the overall release of trauma that they had been carrying around for years and years. It was truly an honor to participate in this amazing project and assist in healing for these men.
My words can only express my gratitude in being able to facilitate these changes in other people’s bodies, brains, emotions, and function. Please download the player’s testimonials attached below. I promise you will be blown away!
CranioSacral Therapy is AMAZING! IT CHANGES LIVES!
If you or someone you know is suffering from Post-Concussion Syndrome, PLEASE let them know that help is out there!