Chiropractic Care: A Natural and Painless Way to Overcome Concussion

How Can You Recover From a Concussion with Chiropractic Care?


Accidents and certain sports such as hockey and football can cause a Concussion. Concussions are when your brain bounces back and forth inside your skull due to a sudden movement of your head. The force of this impact can cause tearing of nerves, bruising of the brain and chemical changes inside your brain.  It can take a week or longer to recover from it and if you have a series of concussions it can be life threatening. You should consider chiropractic care for concussion.

Common Concussion Symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Sensitivity to noise and light
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Nausea
  • Feeling irritated
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Sleeping issues
  • Becoming lethargic

Some people experience other symptoms after their concussion.

Post-Concussion Symptoms

Post-concussion symptoms can develop long-term, such as:

  • Migraine or headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Vertigo or dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Mood changes
  • Cognitive issues

Relation between Concussion and Upper Cervical Spine

When your axis or C2 and atlas or C1 (the upper part of your cervical spine) is misaligned, it can lead to the following:

  • Preventing Proper Blood Flow to the Brain: Your upper cervical spine allows blood circulation to the brain. Cervical vertebrae have openings called vertebral foramen. They allow the vertebral arteries to carry oxygen-rich blood to the brain. Misalignments inhibit blood flow to certain areas of brain which in turn can develop into the above-mentioned symptoms after a concussion.
  • Brainstem function: Your atlas safeguards and houses the brainstem. As a result, even a small misalignment can exert huge pressure on this part of your nervous system, affecting its’ ability to function. This also hinders communication between your body and brain and can also be a factor to the symptoms discussed above.
  • Stops Drainage of Cerebrospinal Fluid: Misalignment of your C1 and C2 inhibits the drainage of cerebrospinal fluid. This can cause intracranial pressure leading to more post-concussion symptoms. After realignment of your upper cervical spine, an MRI can be used to track the drainage of cerebrospinal fluid.

Case Study Showing Effectiveness of Chiropractic Care for Concussion

A 23 year old woman sought help from a chiropractor after having a fall. Her chronic headaches of 10 years became even more severe after the fall. Positional headaches were also another major concern. Upon examination the chiropractor found she was suffering from a concussion due to the fall.

Misalignment in her upper neck had created a difference in her legs’ length leading to an imbalance. After just the first session, she finally had some relief from vertigo and headaches. She continued to have chiropractic sessions twice a month. At the completion of these sessions, her x-rays showed improvements in her C1 and C2 alignment. The chiropractic care she received had restored the balance of her body and she no longer suffers from the vertigo or headaches.

This case study alone is enough to show why chiropractic care for concussion should be considered.

Chiropractic Care for Post-Concussion Syndrome

Upper cervical issues need special attention. Instead of hiding the symptoms with painkillers, fixing the problem naturally, safely is a better option. Chiropractic care is good for concussion patients because:

  • Gentle Corrections: Many people think chiropractic care uses forceful adjustments. Actually, the method involves applying gentle pressure to realign the spine.
  • Accurate Adjustments: Diagnostic imaging also enables a chiropractor to pinpoint and perform accurate adjustments which provides you with effective and long lasting results.

Chiropractic care is a cost-effective, drug-free, safe option which helps restore your body to its proper form and fixes the problem instead of masking the symptom.

Chiropractic care can be a major help to someone with a concussion. Dr. Scott Jutte of Dickson Chiropractic Clinic has over 27 years experience helping people just like you.  He offers a wide range of chiropractic services to help you be and stay healthy and happy. Call or email us anytime for more information and visit today.

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