Reiki for the Treatment of Concussions
By Marybeth McKinnon Lang RN
Traditional Reiki Master
Have you ever bumped your head while getting out of your car, and the pain makes you curse? It hurts, it hurts a lot. Fortunately when we get a bump on the head it tends to be on the surface, so it is the skull that takes the hit. Some fast rubbing of the area and maybe some ice, if you get an egg-like bump, can take care of it. Hopefully when we bump our heads the brain is not affected adversely, but, for the moment it does it hurt and can send us reeling into another personality we don't recognize.
Now let’s take this a little further. Imagine hitting your head so forcefully that you see stars or have an out-of-body experience where you are not really sure what just happened or where you are? This is more than just a head bump, this is an experience where the brain has been jostled intensely. This is a concussion.
What is the definition of a concussion? The Center for Disease Control defines a concussion as " a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth." The CDC goes on to say "Health care professionals may describe a concussion as a "mild" brain injury because concussions are usually not life threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious."
In recent years more attention has been given to the occurrence of concussions, especially in sports like Football, Soccer and Hockey. Any contact sport produces the propensity for concussion. So what can be done to help athletes and others who sustain concussions heal?
The conventional treatment is rest and prevention of further trauma to the head so that the cells will heal on their own. If there has been a bleed to the brain as the result of head injury, then surgery may be indicated. Most concussions don't seem to cause bleeding to the brain so surgery is fortunately not the indication. So what about the post-concussive symptoms? The headaches, the visual disturbances, dizziness, memory problems, transposing of numbers, and the list goes on. Rest is the conventional key of course. What most people are not aware of is a treatment that can help the body to achieve the rest it needs in order to heal properly. This treatment is Reiki therapy.
Reiki is a gentle yet powerful, hands treating of the energy field of the body. It stimulates the body's own natural healing abilities so that the jostled brain cells recover more rapidly than without Reiki. Reiki has been called medicine for the bio-field . It is. While receiving a Reiki treatment the existing energy field of your body is renewed and the relaxation response is stimulated . As the body relaxes, the innate ability of the body to heal naturally is heightened. Your physical body responds to this healing of the energy field by returning itself to a balanced state and with this you know you have found a key to feeling better.
Each person will have different symptoms from a concussion depending on many factors, some of which are age, force of impact or if they have sustained concussions previously. Whether it is your first or 5th concussion, Reiki goes to work helping to relieve concussion symptoms and heals on many levels.
Reiki practice has been utilized as a natural way to recover from illness and injury in the United States since 1973. Fortunately for all of us, the western medical world has become more accepting of alternative/complementary forms of healthcare. Reiki is now recognized by the American Nurses Association as an accepted form of nursing practice. Once you have experienced a Reiki session you will understand why. Since this is natural healing, one should keep up the practice of Reiki until your symptoms resolve which will be sooner and better than if you utilize rest only. Get with a Reiki program to help you heal from a concussion or take a class and learn how to help yourself heal better from trauma.
Healthy, focused and successful in life is what we want. Reiki can help us to achieve this.
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