I Thought I Just Had A Nasty Concussion!
I was wrong. I had suffered a closed head injury. At the moment of impact, I had no idea that I was in such bad shape. I thought I just had a nasty concussion, and 48 hours later I was being admitted to the hospital — barely conscious and unresponsive.
I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t think.
My head felt like it was going to explode from pain. I was nauseous from vertigo — the room literally felt like it was spinning mercilessly. For days.
Psychologically, I was not even there. I was a ghost. A shell of myself.
Friends and family were concerned that I would “never come back”. The person they had known and loved was not there. She had been replaced with a vacant, traumatized, confused patient.
My TBI Recovery Plan
I had a long road ahead of me on the path to recovery. Every brain injury is different — as unique as a fingerprint — no two are the same. This is both fascinating and terrifying at the same time. When you’re in the thick of the healing process it feels like it will never end.
Having an integrated treatment team saved my life. My daily regimen consisted of PT, OT, and Speech therapy as well as psychotherapy, neurofeedback, acupuncture,cranio-sacral therapy, vision therapy andvestibular therapy.
You see, the brain controls everything. And when it’s out of whack, it brings everything down with it.
Neurofeedback supported me tremendously through the healing process. It was like the glue that brought everything together. My brain was re-training itself and rebuilding itself, while my post-traumatic anxiety symptoms were being relieved. Everything from my vision and sleep, to my coordination and movement improved.
Long Term Recovery Effects of My TBI
People often say they’re a better version of themselves after coming out on the other side of the turmoil of recovery. I know that’s certainly true for me.
I am stronger. My brain is sharper. My vision has improved back to nearly 20/20. I only wear reading glasses to mitigate visual fatigue, which is a huge improvement from having to switch two separate pairs of prism glasses for years after my TBI. More importantly, my mind is more clear and my heart is more open. There is a peace that comes with surviving such a life altering experience. And a passion that fuels my commitment to serve others.
Using My Experience & Training to Help Other TBI Patients
Having a degree in neuroscience made being a brain injury patient even more of an interesting experience. I knew enough about what was going on to realize the danger I was really in. And I also knew the power that the brain has to heal itself. That is why I devoted much of my career since the accident, to the behavioral sciences and bringing holistic, integrated treatment into those spaces.
Since then, I’ve supported hundreds of people through their injury recovery. Witnessing progress firsthand — patients having brain fog clear, improved sleep, pain relief, less sensitivity to overstimulation, allowing them to get back to their lives. Loud noises aren’t as painful. Tremors resolve. Speech blocks are lifted. Visual processing improves. Night terrors go away after years of disturbed sleep.
The brain has a phenomenal ability to adapt. Neuroplasticity allows us to make full recoveries from devastating injuries. The brain will adapt and build new neural pathways; microcurrent direct neurofeedback tells these new pathways “where to go”.
Treat TBI’s Early for the Best Recovery
Athletes treated post-concussion heal more quickly, their recovery lasts several weeks rather than several years when they receive early intervention treatment right after the injury occurs. When concussions go untreated, people can develop Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) which can derail their entire life. Neurofeedback is a simple early intervention that can help heal concussions and prevent secondary injuries and syndromes from developing.
According to a recent study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information and National Institutes of Health, neurofeedback has proven benefits for TBI survivors in military and civilian populations during their injury recovery. Patients, including military personnel, who continue to suffer from symptoms longer-term also can struggle with finding effective treatments to address their symptoms.
Integrated treatment teams can all play vital roles in the recovery from a brain injury, but even the most effective therapies are sometimes not enough to resolve residual symptoms in some TBI survivors. Given the complexity of this injury and its impact on the lives of people who are affected by it, new treatments and modalities are being sought to address related symptoms of TBIs and improve quality of life for survivors. With further advances in technology, data suggests that TBI survivors benefit from improved motivation for treatment and reduction of symptoms related to attention, mood, and mindfulness with the addition of neurofeedback to treatment.
There is hope. Healing is possible. For me it has been life-changing. You are not alone. We at Brain Rx are honored to be on this journey alongside you, as you navigate your next steps on the path to recovery.
Reach out to us today to schedule an initial consultation for you or a loved one who could use the support and treatment of our neurofeedback specialists..
Christina holds Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, San Diego in Neuroscience and Music. Her knowledge of the neurological make-up and interworking’s of the brain, coupled with her leadership in the mental health and medical industries, made her the perfect fit as a neurofeedback practitioner for the Brain RX team.