I’m treating a young woman, 36 years old, who was in a car accident in January 2015. She saw several doctors without much benefit. She started gaining weight because she could not exercise, and reported that she literally had to hold onto the walls of her hallways at home so she wouldn’t fall over.
I first saw her about two years after her accident. She had problems finding the right words and had a very short attention span. She was incredibly emotional and also felt like she was losing her short-term memory. She had to quit her corporate job because of the injuries she sustained in the accident.
I am happy to announce that she is 95% better in all areas, and I’m hoping that she will be pre-accident status by the time the three-year statute of limitations expires for personal injury protection.
She reported last week that she could read multiple spreadsheets now without falling out of her chair. She said she was able to learn how to make a Google spreadsheet by reading the directions. She would not have been able to understand the directions six months ago. She also reported that she can remember things now without having to continually refer back to notes. She said she used to have to keep things in front of her face all the time to be able to remember something. She also reported improvement in beginning to remember peoples faces and names! Go brain go!
I'm treating a woman who has had memory problems since a car accident. She came in this morning and told me she's starting to worry a little bit. Since decreased anxiety is USUALLY what people tell me after treatment, I was not happy about this information. Then she said that her memory was so bad that she knew there were things to worry about, but she couldn't remember what they were. She said that in her case worrying was a good sign.
Peter Levine, in his book on p. 88 says,
...the time-honored expression, "time heals all wounds," simply does not apply to trauma. In the short run, the suppression of immobility sensations appears (to our denial-biased mind) to keep the paralysis and helplessness at bay. However, in time, it becomes apparent that evasive maneuvers are an abject failure. This "sweeping under the run" not only prolongs the inevitable, it often makes the eventual encounter with immobility even more frightening.... If, ....one is able to utilize the vital assistance of titration and pendulation, one can touch gently and briefly into the deathlike void without coming undone.
Sometimes time isn't enough to heal. Sometimes a person needs a bio-mechanical change to break the cycle of dysfunction in the brain. That's where chiropractic comes in!
Dr. Levine says in his book on p.65
Containment (of emotions) is NOT suppression; it is rather building a larger, more resilient vessel to hold these difficult affects (emotions).
People can get through trauma this way and become apt to deal with future challenges.