“My world changed dramatically when I suffered my last concussion while training for a skeleton race as part of the Canadian National Program in December of 2011. At the time, I thought I would be back on the ice after a few weeks, but my symptoms got worse and I had to go to a dozen doctors’ appointments to find relief for my post-concussion symptoms. They were so severe that I would be bedridden for months and seeking pain management in and out of the hospital. I was constantly dizzy, my brain felt like it was sloshing around in a fishbowl, my ability to process information (any information) was altered and caused extreme frustration, anxiety, headaches, and migraines.
I was sensitive to light, which didn’t allow for any screen time without a “flare-up” and turning on a bathroom light would send me into a migraine tailspin. Night lights lit my world and blinds drawn became my friend.
My world became so small and I felt like I was a shell of the person I used to be. After 18
months and dozens of prescription meds and specialists I tried Osteopathy.
It was such a gentle method and since I was coming from the sporting world where I was used to being poked and prodded rather aggressively, I didn’t know just what to expect.
In the middle of the night after my first treatment, I awoke with a slight popping sensation in the back of my neck and the feeling of relief. This also happened after the second treatment. My body was responding positively to this treatment and I was feeling hopeful for the first time in 18 months.
Over time and with continued treatment, I would see my symptoms improve. It was a gradual and steady process, one that I am so thankful for.”