Jöel Romig, a sports massage therapist specializing in injury rehab and prevention, was sitting in traffic last spring when a car violently struck her from behind. She was left with a concussion, along with several other injuries. As she attempted to get her life back on track after the accident, she began noticing symptoms in herself that she normally detected in her patients.
She lost her ability to count, to do math, to sit in front of a computer screen (the glare was unendurable), and became alarmed by word substitutions she used that made little sense. At first, she thought she could handle all of her problems on her own. Even writing an e-mail to friends was tortuous and she found herself rewriting them countless times. She was struggling to work and maintain social connections but soon quit interacting and became increasingly isolated.
Jöel turned to Carrick Brain Centers and, in her words, her condition has “drastically turned around” and has “given me my life back”. Not only has she regained the abilities she once had, her treatment at the Center opened a part of her cognitive skills she never knew she was missing.
Higher mental functions related to cognition, attention, and memory (especially short-term memory) are frequently associated with Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS). One study found that one in four people diagnosed with PCS reported problems with memory a year after injury.
According to the Brain Injury Association of American, (BIAA), brain injury is the “start of a misdiagnosed, misunderstood, under-funded neurological disease. They emphatically stress the paramount importance of timely access to trauma care, personalized rehabilitation, and lifelong disease management to support a healthy, independent, quality life for patients.
An Injured Brain affects the functions of the neurons, nerve tracts, and a wide variety of other parts of the brain. Patients may be unable or barely able to carry the messages from the brain to the appropriate centers that tell the rest of the body what to do. This can dramatically change the way a person thinks, acts, feels, and physically moves. Moreover, a PCS patient may experience problems with complex, internal mechanisms of the body, such as the regulation of temperature, blood pressure, and bowel and bladder control. While some effects are temporary, some may be permanent and lead to a complete inability to perform a function.
Jöel Romig’s story is a success. Her decision to seek treatment has brought her back from an awfully scary emotional and mental vortex in which she was spiraling to a place of hope in a bright future. She no longer ‘makes up words’ and is so grateful for the treatment that she recommends it to everyone – including those who suffer from other brain-related insults, such as stroke victims.
See video of Jöel Romig’s candid interview below.