Hello all, Ryan here. I am updating you on the progress of my healing journey in this article, on my concussion, if you do not know anything about what happened to me in Arkansas Click Here
A few weeks ago, I began therapy at a place that has several therapists, (Speech, Occupational, and Physical) but this place is different than most other therapy locations I’ve been to. The reason being, the therapists report back to the head doctor, multiple times a session, informing her of the patient’s current progress. With this information, the doctor then curtails the therapy and reports back to the therapists. This is a great system. Communication is a key role in a patient’s success in therapy. Since I started therapy a Month ago (Physical Occupation, and Speech) I have noticed improvement. Improvement to the key things I wanted to improve when I first registered to begin therapy. The functions I told the doctor that I wanted to improve at my time in therapy was, Balance, Coordination, Organization, Planning, and my stride while walking.
There is an expensive balance machine there, the purpose of the machine is to try to make you loose balance and see how your body responds to the changes in its environment. The machine captures all the data variations from when one is on the machine. When I first started therapy at this location, my balance was atrocious, I felt almost like a ship swaying in rough seas. I attended therapy yesterday, went unto the machine and the therapist started a balance test, I felt alot more at ease and comfortable this time. The machine was trying to affect my balance even more! I had gotten some pictures to show my progress.
As you can see from the pictures above, there is improvement. This improvement does not come by not doing anything, it comes by pushing yourself, doing what alot of the time is referred to as uncomfortable. The brain is able to be changed through Neuroplasticity, meaning when you push your body in therapy, exercise your mind, and learn new ways to do bodily activities in therapy, your brain quickly adapts to the new circumstances.
In the six year long journey since I got into the accident, people have asked me, “How have you gotten through all of this?” I respond, “It’s all God!