Treating a Head Injury with Long-Time Patient Andrea
This was a first here at the office with my long-time patient Andrea! Andrea came in a few weeks ago after being forcefully hit directly on top of her head by a falling parking gate as she was walking under it. Major ouch!
Andrea knew what to do and immediately moved her appointment up to the soonest available. I always tell my patients to come in as soon after an injury is sustained as possible!
We have had much to work on with Andrea, but I want to focus on one area we really have worked on a lot-Andrea's cranial (skull) bones, jaw, and neck. While many other areas have needed to be worked on, such as Andrea's hips/pelvis, which are intimately connected to her cranium and neck, as well as emotional/mental recall of the trauma, and more, I am going to highlight our work on Andrea's head and neck area, which took the brunt of the impact.
There were obvious and palpably tender spinal misalignments in Andrea's cervical spine (neck) which we corrected. In addition to this, did you know that chiropractors can adjust the bones of the cranium/skull? This is an often overlooked site of misalignments. Many believe that the skull bones are fixated; however, the sutures of the cranial bones (connection points) do slightly move with our inspiration and expiration, and they can become misaligned or jammed. The cranial bones can also be pulled on by certain muscles, particularly of the jaw and neck. Using our tool of muscle testing, we found a few of these cranial faults to need fixing.
With cranial therapy, which I learned in my Applied Kinesiology courses, the correction involves a slight manual vector of pressure on certain cranial bones while the patient often takes either a breath in or a breath out. We use the breath to help us with the adjustment. Besides head and neck pain and discomfort, guess what else cranial misalignments can cause? Brain issues such as poor memory, concentration, mood swings, faulty vision, and more! This is because of the close relationship of the brain with the cranial bones. Andrea reported vision difficulties when she came in after the accident. These vision difficulties are relieved and she reports sharper vision after her treatments post-accident.
In addition to the cranial bones, we have assessed and treated Andrea's TMJ. This includes intra-oral muscle work. Heads up- this is a no pain, no gain technique! (If you are one of my patients, you likely know this all too well) But it creates a WORLD of difference in the head and neck (and you likely know this as well!).
Andrea's successful recovery from the "Gate Incident" continues! She feels better and better each time we treat her. Pretty soon, it will be a thing of the past :) Without proper treatment post accident, Andrea could have possibly had years of ill affects from this injury.
Thanks Andrea for being an awesome patient and sharing your story! I feel grateful to know this beautiful soul and to be on the health journey with you!