How to Fix a concussion with Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic. This may be a bold statement, however, when it comes down to it, healing from a concussion or any other condition requires the body to do it. WE often explain to patients that no matter what your condition, disease or syndrome is, if you are to get well, you need to do things that both support and increase the bodies healing potential. The body can heal if it is given the right materials and has the proper nerve supply. In this article, we will discuss how you can heal form concussion and discuss current research, symptoms involved in concussion and give you real live people that have recovered.
Hockey player Sidney Crosby suffered from several concussions the first of which occurred in 2011. His career was in jeopardy until he met a chiropractor, Dr. Carrick. And then again, another famous sports star, Jim McMahon made national headlines following his recovery from post-concussion syndrome by receiving chiropractic care, upper cervical chiropractic care, with Dr. Scott Rosa. These two high profile cases are a microcosm of what is transpiring in American sports. Sadly, few of the cases with concussion receive proper spinal care to recover fully.
According to the most recent research, Jim McMahon and Sidney Crosby are not alone:
Sports Concussion Statistics (1 ):
Even though many who suffer with concussion eventually become asymptomatic, they still should be checked for upper cervical spine misalignment. In the article below we will discuss exactly what upper cervical chiropractic care is and why you should get checked following head trauma.
Determining whether you suffered from a concussion can be difficult. Concussion symptoms can take several days to surface. Below is a list of symptoms that concussion sufferers may experience within hours or days of a concussion.
Anyone that has had a head injury and is experiencing these types of symptoms should consult their medical doctor or chiropractor immediately.
Unfortunately, it has been our experience in practice over the last 16 years at Upper Cervical Health Care of Los Angeles, that Post-Concussion Syndrome(PCS) patients receive little to no help in the mainstream medical arena. Fortunately, there are other forms of care that are successful in helping the body recover its health. Upper Cervical Chiropractic is one form of alternative care that has proven successful in the treatment of post-concussion syndrome(PCS). Dr. Mike Flanagan published a comprehensive article in 2015 which gave a detailed explanation for how an upper cervical spine injury can cause a plethora of symptoms throughout the human body. To summarize, Flanagan considers the head neck junction as a “choke point” for neurological interference to the brainstem. Once this area is structurally injured it has wide spread ramifications on the bodies function and health it can easily explain how post-concussion symptoms can be caused by neck injury.
So how to fix post-concussion syndrome? Blair upper cervical chiropractic has the goal of correcting spinal misalignments in the upper neck to allow for normal neurological function. In our offices, we have had many recoveries from post-concussion syndrome. Instead of drugging the patient the upper cervical chiropractic goal is to allow for normal nervous system function by correcting the neck injury that resulted from the concussion. This is the missing link that mainstream medicine fails to recognize in post-concussion syndrome recovery. Our doctors are specially trained to locate the problem, analyze the best way to fix it- “How to fix a concussion.”
This is why it is critical for patients and parents of children who have suffered from concussions to do their research. How to fix a concussion requires looking outside of the mainstream for answers. Ask those who have gotten well and you will find other than time, the great majority fixed their concussion with care that helped the body function better!
If you are currently under a medical doctor care it would be wise to have your case co-managed with a chiropractor. Chiropractors are special trained to deal with the fallout that comes with a neck injury precipitated by a concussion injury.
A review of the chiropractic research literature and post-concussion syndrome(PCS) shows promise for concussion patients. There is a massive data bank of patients that have anecdotal recovery from post-concussion syndrome. The medical establishment frowns upon anecdotal evidence, however in the last ten years notable literature has been published confirming testimonial accounts of PCS recovery following chiropractic care.
In 2015 Vernon and Marshall published a paper in Physical Sports Medicine that implicates neck injury in the cause of Post-Concussion Syndrome.(5)
Ellis M, Leddy J, Willer B. Physiological, vestibulo-ocular, and cervicogenic post-concussion disorders: an evidence-based classification system with directions for treatment. Brain Injury. 2015; 29(2): 238-248. (6)
Blair Upper Cervical is a unique chiropractic procedure who focuses all of its attention on the skull-neck junction. Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic is tailored to help those with post-concussion case. The goal of Blair Upper Cervical is to determine whether the upper four bones in the neck are aligned or misaligned. Once determined there is a spinal problem, precise joint (articular) x-rays are taken to determine direction of misalignment and joint angle. Once these factors are worked out they are used in a precise, gentle, correction to restore joint motion and normal neurology. When the neck joints are in motion the central nervous system can function better. Better function means better healing. The patient is monitored over time to determine whether a spinal correction is needed or not. While the correction is in its normal position healing occurs. We have an old saying in upper cervical work- Nature Needs No Help Just No Interference.
We hope that this article helps your endeavor in finding the right Los Angeles chiropractor. If you are interested in having a FREE consultation in our Los Angeles or Carson office you can call 310 324-6172 for Carson office or 213 399-772 for our Los Angeles office. We hope to see you soon.
"Upper Cervical practitioners hypothesize based on their success in addressing many health conditions that the misalignment of the atlas is blocking communication to various parts of the body and thereby affecting the body’s own ability to correct the problem. “
The Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique is a specific system of analyzing and adjusting the upper cervical vertebrae of the spinal column. These vertebrae can misalign in such a way as to interfere with the brainstem and spinal cord as they exit through the floor of the skull into the neural canal.