Traumatic head injuries are a leading cause of death and disability, as well as, losing the ability to function and participate in life activities including work, family, and recreation. With a head injury, damage to the brain and loss of brain function can happen with or without visible damage to the head. The Ppinal Cord and the Spine itself, which includes the neck, are also often injured. Children are prone to head injuries as their skulls are still hardening and a small blow to the head can create a huge impact.
Common causes of head traumas include Falls, Collisions (i.e. car, bicycle), Violence (i.e. domestic violence, child abuse, gunshot), Sports (i.e. football, hockey, skiing), and Explosives.
A spectrum of symptoms ranging from no initial symptoms to a coma can occur. Common concussion-type symptoms are: difficulty concentrating, dizziness, vision impairment, loss of balance and motor skills, neck pain, mood swings, nausea, lethargy or aggression, paralysis, and changes in sleep habits. Additional symptoms include being unconscious, confusion, seizures, and vomiting. Post concussion symptoms may last for months, years, or for the rest of a person’s life.
Olympia Hostler, owner of the Lasting Pain Relief Center, has had multiple head injuries resulting in Whiplash from Car Accidents, Concussion, Coma, and Falls. She was unable to work for three years and unable to sleep, walk or sit for more than 5 minutes, and drive until she received the following therapies: Myofascial Release (MFR), Crainiosacral Therapy, and Reiki. These therapies assist head trauma patients function better, reduce pain and inflammation, and get their lives back.