Cranial Head Injury
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The Cranial or Head Injury

The Problem

You hit your head on something or you were hit on the head and may have suffered a nasty bruise or your scalp was split open and there was a lot of bleeding and/or had a big bump on your head. You were in an accident and didn't hit your head but instead suffered a 'whiplash' type injury.

Whatever the circumstances, the bruise or laceration healed, the stiff neck and other muscles seemed to relax and everyone, including your doctor, assumed that everything was O.K. Everything healed up didn't it? The injury was so long ago or very recent, but you are walking around doing your every day chores so you must be all right. Right? Wrong!

Somehow since the injury you haven't been just right, you somehow can't function as you did before, you don't have the confidence you had when going downstairs or even sometimes stepping off a high curb. You don't see things along side of you or under your feet so you bump into them or trip over them. Think about it.

You may have any of a number of chronic health, emotional or structural problems. You get headaches more frequently, you forget things more easily, you can't seem to concentrate, you can't seem to organize yourself or things as easily, you lose time awareness, you lose your patience easily or experience mood or personality changes, you become argumentative, you don't sleep well, you grind your teeth, you find it difficult to finish reading anything, you can't make decisions, your gait has changed, your sense of taste or smell may change, you tend to drift in traffic when driving and cut off other cars because you did not know they were there, etc., etc.

All of these symptoms and more are recognized as the result of severe cranial injury. These very same symptoms are just as prevalent in the lesser head or whiplash injury but they are not likely to be associated with the "minor" head injury. It wasn't that bad, everything healed didn't it? Wrong!

The Cranial or Head Injury complex is probably the single most undiagnosed and, therfore untreated physical problem on the face of this earth. Let's look at the record.

Except for the more severe head injuries, the obvious problems of cranial injury go undetected and untreated. There is little real information in the literature on the after care of a head injured person under any circumstance and almost no discussion for the lesser injuries which most of us experience.

In the recent book, 'Total Recall', by Joan Meninger, Ph.D., a report of a study done at the University of Virginia Medical Center revealed some startling statistics. Of the 424 post traumatic cranial injury patients in the study who were released as neurologically normal, a survey indicated that within 3 months 79% had daily headaches, 54% suffered memory loss and 34% could no longer maintain their jobs.

The Lesser Injury

What about the average person with a lesser variety of injury? Most people hit their head on something or were hit on the head at one time or another in their lifetime. Most did nothing about it because it wasn't considered important at the time. Another interesting fact is that if we "see it coming", so to speak our defense system can be somewhat prepared to lessen the effect of the blow and, depending on the extent of injury, may have little permanent effect on us.

In more primitive times, this injury would most likely have been during a fight/flight situation. The ensuing physical activity of running away or staying and fighting would have probably cleared the neural circuits and no residual effects would have prevailed. Today this does not happen and the effects from these so called minor injuries can imprint in the nervous system and go totally undetected. Any deficit is usually attributed to something else, or accepted as a chronic condition one has to live with. Wrong!

Cranial Bones Move

It is now accepted that the cranial bones have a specific and synchronous respiratory motion. This movement is essential not only to maintain the circulation of the cerebro-spinal fluid which nourishes and cushions the brain but also for the balanced circulation of blood in the brain and skull. Any disturbance to the rhythm can cause either neurological, physiological and/or psychological dysfunction. If the bones DO move then they CAN be moved, either by a blow to the skull, to DISRUPT the harmony or by a corrective force of a doctor's hand, to RESTORE the harmony.

The Defense System For Survival

We were created to survive in a primitive and hostile environment. When a dangerous situation or possible injury presents itself the body's reflex system must react to protect it from serious injury, if it can. The first order of business is to protect the central nervous system from damage and to hold the head on the body.

The nervous system is encased in a moveable bony housing called the skull and spine. Being movable, this bony protection mechanism is subject to damage or derangement.

The body has three primal systems designed to hold it together and to minimize damage as much as possible.

1) A reactive muscle system designed to hold the bones of the skull and spine together and to literally hold the head on the body in defense situations. If the rhythm of the cranial bones signal a dysfunction, this system remains in place until signalled to do otherwise. The first symptoms noticed are usually chronic posterior neck tension, headache, eye and special senses problems, and chronic muscle weakness in other parts of the body and as a result we lose the stability of the spine and pelvis on activity.

2) The T.M.J. muscles lock the jaw externally, to prevent dislocation and hold the skull together. If these muscles do not get the proper signals they remain in tension and facial and dental pains, scalp and head pains, ringing in the ears, dizziness or loss of equilibrium, and a host of other symptoms may result.

3) This activity causes the fascia, the covering of the body to contract to hold the body and the joints together, restrict peripheral blood flow and hold the head on the body. If this system is not released, circulation, joint problems, and endocrine problems may ensue.

If the defense system is not neutralized because of the continued cranial distress signals, bowel, digestive and sexual problems which no one will place in proper perspective.

Successful Treatment

A cranial injury disrupts the synchronous motion of the cranial function, which activates the reactive muscle, dural and fascial defense systems to protect and hold the body together. Usually after an injury of this kind you feel a rush of adrenaline designed to allow the individual to run away from danger or to fight if necessary. Any vigorous physical activity which uses this increased adrenal activity immediately after the injury will activate deeper respiratory activity which will help the body restore the motion and balance of the cranial bones automatically. This is normal fight flight system activity.

We can see this fact in action in the athlete who is knocked down, hits his head, gets up and continues to play the game. He stays in the "heat of battle" and uses this adrenal activity and has little or no residual problems after the game. For the rest of us, however, this cannot or does not happen. The protective system is unable to release and outside help is then neccessary to restore this cranial balance and function.

Your doctor, trained in this Neuro Organization Technique treatment protocal, researched at the Ferreri Institute, will clear the defense system and restore the structural and functional integrity of the skull, neck, spine and pelvis. With the correction of the confused signaling, the structural and functional problems and neurological integrity can be restored and most, if not all, of the chronic problems related to cranial injury can be eliminated.

This is particularly true of the subtle head injury. If there is profound head injury, without brain damage, the progress is slower but most, if not all function can eventually be restored. In the case of brain damage there are additional cranial and other N.O.T. protocols which can be employed to enhance and/or restore normal neural and physiological function.

Therapy Begins

On December 5th, 2001 I had my first appointment with Dr. Ronald Downey of the Downey Life Transformation Center here in Springfield, Missouri.

This appointment showed me many techniques that I couldn't begin to explain to you, let alone REMEMBER, but it also showed me that I still had energy and that I KNEW my mind and body could yet still heal.

The morning "after" (Dec 6, 2001)  I woke to extreme vertigo which I had never experienced before except when manually induced during an ENG exam. This was a rude awakening and totally unexpected. But yet for some reason, I knew in my heart that it WASN'T a bad sign.

Well, when I tried to rise from bed, it took quite a while as this new "spinning" was a whole different world! I headed for the doorway.....grabbing onto anything and everything that was pinned down....and I managed to reach the bathroom (always my first place to go in the morning)!

I laughed believe it or not all the way there as I figured this new found posture was quite ammusing to watch! Cal was totally amazed and a bit uneasy as he wasn't sure just what was going on any more than myself, and he couldn't believe that I was HAPPY about it all!                                               
So, I looked at the clock, figured there wasn't a whole lot I could do this early in the morning (6 AM), and I managed to get around as best I could. Oh, I haven't told you yet, but we were leaving Springfield for Houston, Texas to go to the mediation for my MVA! Yes, this was to be a busy day! I had yet to load our luggage and needed supplies into the car I had rented the night before.

Because my appointment with Dr. Downey was late in the afternoon, and I still had to pick up the car rental and finish packing and getting things ready, it was about 1 AM Thursday morning before I went to bed. The alarm rang at 6 AM, and I was wide awake!

I tried to get breakfast and stagger and stumble around the house, laughing as I went. No, I wasn't mad, this was GREAT as far as I was concerned because no other doctor or therapist had changed anything enough to make my body have this kind of reaction. I just KNEW it would be ok!

I finally reached Shauna (Dr. Downey's assistant), and told her what was going on. She told me what I already expected, that this was normal up to about 48 hours, and things should subside. It was a "good" sign at that, because it showed her that what Dr. Downey had done the day before was taking affect, and my brain was doing it's job! The BODY was responding also!

I laughed and said "THANKS" and hung up!

I proceeded to get things ready for our trip to Houston, being very careful of course to not bend over (which I was not able to do without having to pick myself up off the floor). I moved SLOWLY, and CAUTIOUSLY, trying to do the best I could and continued to get ready to leave. Cal loaded the car mostly by himself (as he could move a bit easier and faster than I).

One of the biggest things I noticed once I got past the vertigo was the ENERGY! I hadn't had that kind of energy in YEARS! In fact, I hadn't had that kind of energy since my accident, and that had been almost 4 years!

I asked Cal to let me DRIVE! Oh, you should have seen the look on his face! It was quite comical actually! Yes, I'm grinning while writing this because I can still picture his face!

We had decided that we were not going to drive straight through, and frankly by the time that we left Springfield, we were later than I had even planned. (about 4 PM) I had previously hooked up the CB Radio in the car, and had talked to some drivers along the way. Cal laughing and fooling around during the conversations as he works in Maintenance at a truck shop here in town, so he knows the lingo!

We stopped for dinner at Big Cabin, Oklahoma (about 125 miles from Springfield), and although I didn't WALK very fast, I could SIT just fine! The vertigo had quit, but I was still a bit unstable while walking or moving around.

We ate dinner and I asked if it was ok to continue driving. Cal asked if I was tired, and I responded, "No, I feel FINE!" I knew he was looking a bit tired himself, and since I felt fine and I knew the way as I had traveled it many years on the way south, I felt comfortable driving.

Of course, being a truck driver myself, it didn't take me very long to get into a conversation with a few drivers, and away we all went down Hwy 69 south. We finally stopped for the night in Atoka, Oklahoma. Cal was exhausted, and I was finally starting to get a bit tired myself. I had driven 300 miles that first day! A lot more than I had ever expected was possible, especially since my morning had started so early and I had a new "spinning" experience a good chunk of the day!

Therapy Continues......
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