On March 14, 2021, my spouse and I were in a car accident. Both of us suffered what is called a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The most common causes of this trauma can be falls, bumps, blows, or something that enters the skull. Even though we did not hit our heads directly during the accident, the impact on our car and our bodies was strong enough to make our heads move very quickly forward (sudden acceleration) and very quickly backwards (sudden deceleration), causing a concussion and a whiplash.
Here are the most common symptoms of a TBI:
We both experienced serious and frequent headaches immediately, but not vision problems, sensitivity to light, or loss of smell or taste. We also had problems concentrating and troubled sleep, but we were totally unprepared for the emotional aspects of having a concussion.
For the next two months, I could not look down or bend my neck down for more than a few minutes without experiencing a headache. The nausea and dizziness were present only immediately after the accident. One hour after it happened, after talking with my insurance for 20 minutes, my brain suddenly got very tired. Words were not coming out anymore. For someone who makes a living with her words, that was an unsettling experience, the first in what was going to be a daily occurrence, for weeks on end. Before the accident, I could open my mouth and words would just flow out, expressing my thoughts with ease. Not anymore.
As a translator, I was used to smoothly go back and forth between languages. Now I found that my vocabulary had shrunk dramatically in both languages and that the best I could come up with was some approximation of what I really meant. I would often remain stuck with a French or an English word, unable to find its counterpart. I got scared.
I heard white noise all the time and rock music made me tense. I could concentrate only for short periods of time. At first, I worked at my job at a computer only two hours a day before mental fatigue would set in. I had trouble understanding my emails and became overwhelmed very quickly. I took things personally, had to write absolutely everything down, forgot procedures, became paranoid that my colleagues would not trust me anymore, and felt totally out of control. I had to ask for help and that was very, very difficult. I felt vulnerable and depressed.
My physiotherapist helped me understand that one branch of my autonomous nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), the one that is active in “fight or flight” situations, had become stuck in the “on” position. When that happens, it is difficult to relax, sleep, and keep one’s sense of humour. My sympathetic nervous system had gotten activated by the trauma and become hypersensitive to any form of stress or fatigue. That is why he expressly told me take breaks often and to not even approach my limit on any level (physical, mental or emotional).
I took his advice to heart. But what was instrumental in helping me deal with the headaches, the problems with stamina, memory and concentration, feeling self-conscious, anxious, depressed and scared was my PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field) mat from Swiss Bionics.
You see, I was very fortunate because immediately after I hung up from speaking with the insurance company, I was able to lay on the mat we had purchased two months before. During those two months, I had explored different settings to help me feel energized for my day, relax when needed and sleep at night. After the accident, as soon as I laid down, I would feel safe, in what felt like a warm embrace and I would fall asleep. It was therefore very easy to take short naps every day and feel calm and refreshed. That was instrumental in my being able, over a period of two months, to gradually increase my working hours to a full day. PEMF was my nervous system’s “off” switch.
Our PEMF system uses low frequencies that, as peer-reviewed studies have proven, help reduce irritation and inflammation in the brain, decrease anxiety and depression, regenerate nerves, improve circulation and oxygenation, as well as promote a deep and restorative sleep. All of those benefits accelerate healing at the cellular level, everywhere in the body. Thus every cell’s well-being and the body’s ability to heal itself are being realized without any negative side-effects.
I felt safe when I was on the mat and that has helped me become more patient during my slow recovery. It has now been a bit over 5 months, and I am rarely at a loss for words, I can express myself with fluidity, I am a fast typist and thinker again, and I can focus, concentrate and remember much more easily. I do treasure the habits I have made to take breaks often and stimulate my parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) by looking away from the screen, stretching my body or laying down to breathe deeply and meditate on my beloved Swiss Bionics iMRS or Omnium mat. While I don’t automatically fall asleep anymore, I am able to connect with my body at a deep level, and I am rewarded with a feeling of profound well-being every time.
If you or a loved one is among the 10 million people who, every year, suffer a traumatic brain injury or concussion caused by a motor vehicle accident, sports, fall or blow to the head, you may be curious and consider renting a system from your local PEFM Global Rentals expert. You can experience the benefits of PEMF for yourself, several times a day in the comfort of your own home and bring your whole self into balance.