Post-Concussion Syndrome Overview

Posted in Head Disorders on Aug 31, 2017

We have written extensively about what we feel is the missing link in the post-concussion syndrome discussion and recovery. Any trauma that is severe enough to cause shearing damage to the brain simultaneously damages the soft tissue at the skull neck junction (craniocervical junction).

Because the craniocervical junction(CCJ) is a "choke point" for neurology, cerebrospinal fluid flow, and cerebral artery flow, a misalignment in the integrity of this region can have a cascade of detrimental effects throughout the body.

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We have been practicing a little-known technique called Blair upper cervical care for the past 19 years and have found that patients who suffer from the post-concussion syndrome are not getting well because they are suffering from a craniocervical junction misalignment and subsequent nervous system interference.

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Correcting this most vital area can have profound healing effects for patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome and other chronic health disorders.

Post-concussion Syndrome symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of concentration and memory
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision
  • Noise and light sensitivity
  • Rarely, decreases in taste and smell

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Post Concussion Syndrome Treatment

The following information is assuming that you have already had primary medical care. Most patients who start to search for answers to their post-concussion syndrome have usually already been to a neurologist, had MRI’S, etc. The information below is natural healing modalities that you can use to help your body in its quest for recovery, healing, and health.

There are many things one can do to assist the body’s ability to heal and repair:

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REST - The most important thing you can do following a concussion injury is rest. Trying to get back to regular activity too quickly following a concussion can hasten your recovery. Rest is essential. One of the worst things you can do following a concussion is to force yourself back to your old lifestyle before you are ready. You will only hasten your recovery and prolong your suffering. Rest and moderation are ESSENTIAL.

Increase Water Intake - Seventy percent of the human body is water. The brain is no different. Adequate water intake is a must not only for concussion sufferers but for everyone. Make sure you drink at least ½ of your body weight in ounces per day. 

Get Under Upper Cervical Care - Upper cervical care is a rapidly growing natural health discipline that aims at restoring normal alignment of the skull neck junction. This most vital region is the seat of control of most autonomic functions in the body. Concussion injury causes the head and neck to misalign and results in interference to the central nervous system. Nervous system interference impedes healing and can have far-reaching deleterious effects on the human body. 

Take lots of fish oil - There are hundreds of articles published in the peer-review literature that tout fish oils' ability to help the body and brain heal from injury. It is naturally anti-inflammatory and has been found to be a great aid in helping post-concussion sufferers recover lost health.(3)

Eat Healthily - It is best to eat what is known as an anti-inflammation diet. (4) Foods like sugar, white flour, refined carbohydrates are inflammatory in nature. Post-concussion syndrome sufferers are already dealing with inflammation. Eating a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, raw oils and low in carbohydrates has been found to decrease inflammation and aid the body in its attempt to heal.

Post-Concussion Syndrome Symptoms Years Later

The majority of people who suffer from a concussion only suffer for a few months. However, there is a subset of people who have a concussion that gets stuck. No matter what they do they just can’t seem to get better. In our Wasco-based upper cervical health care office, these are the most common cases we see. People who have exhausted every other option and still are sick.

We find that the upper cervical spine is at the root cause of these outlier cases that suffer for years following a concussion. An upper cervical spine misalignment will NOT correct itself. WE have had many cases of severe post-concussion syndrome recover after receiving precision upper cervical care in our office

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