There is this thing called Post Concussion Syndrome, it is a cluster of ailments or symptoms, that linger after a concussion. Mood swings, depression, headaches, balance, dizziness, ear ringing and more are some that we are learning about. I know I have mentioned this before so I will cliff note for you. At 14 my daughter had not one but actually 3 concussions during high school soccer. Two years later and after 100 x rays, MRIs, and CT scans, we have hope.
Vestibular therapy…I know, never heard of it, right? Cleveland Clinic has a field of specialty for inner ear therapy to reduce everyone of the issues above!
Our second meeting was yesterday and we learned a ton. It was amazing to have someone understand her unusual description of her headaches. “It feels like I have water up my nose and at the base of my skull, and it burns.” ?? Most people/professionals just stare blankly and dismiss her. This guy knew exactly what she meant and began to apply pressure to various places along her skull, shoulders and neck. He found knots, or pressure points, in the facia on on side that was where most of her headaches begin. Viola! Headache gone.
I had no idea she had constant dizziness and tinnitus, but she has small exercises to do that will reduce inflammation that is causing some of that. So I researched this therapy, (its what I do…)
Vestibular rehabilitation (VR), or vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate both the primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular disorders. It is an exercise-based program primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls. For most people with a vestibular disorder the deficit is permanent because the amount of restoration of vestibular function is very small. However, after vestibular system damage, people can feel better and function can return through compensation. This occurs because the brain learns to use other senses (vision and somatosensory, i.e. body sense) to substitute for the deficient vestibular system. The health of particular parts of the nervous system (brainstem and cerebellum, visual, and somatosensory sensations) is important in determining the extent of recovery that can be gained through compensation- from vestibular.org
Meanwhile, I love watching her absorb every tidbit of info this guy is sharing. I think the hardest part of her whole recovery is feeling different, unrelatable, and undefined. I think we’re on to something! 🤗