Upper Cervical Treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome

Posted in Head Disorders Neck Disorders on Jun 12, 2020

We have written extensively about what we feel is the missinglink in the post-concussion syndrome discussion and recovery. Anytrauma that is severe enough to cause shearing damage to the brainsimultaneously damages the soft tissue at the skull neck junction(craniocervical junction).  Because the craniocervicaljunction(CCJ)  is a "choke point" for neurology, cerebrospinalfluid flow, and cerebral artery flow, a misalignment in theintegrity of this region can have a cascade of detrimental effectsthroughout the body.

We have been practicing a little-known technique called Blairupper cervical care for the past 19 years and have found thatpatients who suffer from post-concussion syndrome are not gettingwell because they are suffering from a craniocervicaljunction misalignment and subsequent nervous systeminterference. Correcting this most vital area can have profoundhealing effects for patients suffering from post-concussionsyndrome and other chronic health disorders.

Post-concussion Syndrome symptoms include:

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  • 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

Post Concussion Syndrome Treatment

The following information is assuming that you have already hadprimary medical care. Most patients who start to search for answersto their post-concussion syndrome have usually already been to aneurologist, had MRI, etc. The information below is natural healingmodalities that you can use to help your body in its quest forrecovery, healing, and health.

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

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

Increase Water Intake - Seventy percent of the human bodyis water. The brain is no different. Adequate water intake is amust not only for concussion sufferers but for everyone. Make sureyou drink at least ½ of your body weight in ounces per day. (2)

Get Under Upper Cervical Care - Upper cervical care is arapidly growing natural health discipline that aims at restoringnormal alignment of the skull neck junction. This most vital regionis the seat of control of most autonomic functions in the body. Concussion injury causes the head and neck to misalign andresults in interference to the central nervous system. Nervoussystem interference impedes healing and can have far-reachingdeleterious effects on the human body. (1)

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

Eat Healthily - It is best to eat what is known as ananti-inflammation diet. (4) Foods like sugar, white flour, andrefined carbohydrates are inflammatory in nature. Post-concussionsyndrome sufferers are already dealing with inflammation. Eating adiet that is high in fruits, vegetables, raw oils and low incarbohydrates has been found to decrease inflammation and aid thebody in its attempt to heal.

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Post-Concussion Syndrome Symptoms Years Later

The majority of people who suffer from a concussion only sufferfor a few months. However, there is a subset of people who have aconcussion that gets stuck. No matter what they do they just can’tseem to get better.  In our Wasco-based upper cervical healthcare 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 theseoutlier cases that suffer for years following a concussion. Anupper cervical spine misalignment will NOT correct itself.  WEhave had many cases of severe post-concussion syndrome recoverafter receiving precision upper cervical care in our office. Listento Kevin’s story

What is Post-Concussion Syndrome?

Post-concussion syndrome is the aftermath or fallout oneexperiences following a concussion. Some people have concussionsand do NOT have symptoms that follow. Those suffering frompost-concussion syndrome have severe symptoms after concussionsthat last months and in some cases years.  

As we have repeatedly stated, it is our opinion that many of thecases with PCS that last for years are due to a neck injury thatdoes not self-correct.  As a consequence, the spinalmisalignment at the base of the skull impacts the brainstem andcentral nervous system which causes chronic health problems thatthe body is unable to adapt to.

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Can Post-Concussion Syndrome Become Permanent?

One of our goals for our articles is to restore hope to thosewho suffer from chronic health problems. With that said,unfortunately, many who have suffered from the long-termpost-concussion syndrome are told that their health condition ispermanent. While PCS can be devastating and long-lasting, even themost severe cases can improve if they take proactive measures tohelp their body heal. In this article, we listed a handful ofnatural healing procedures that you can implement into your dailyhealth regimen that can help support your body's recovery.

Post Concussion Syndrome Recovery

The large majority of people who suffer from PCS recover. Forsome people it takes ten days others three months and others evenyears after their original concussion they suffer from chronic PCSsymptoms.  No matter where you are at on this spectrum ofrecovery we are huge advocates(it’s the reason this site exists) inraising awareness of natural health procedures you can use that canaid your body in its recovery from PCS and other chronicdegenerative health problems. No matter where you are at in yourhealth journey, there are always things you can do that will helpyou on your path to recovery. We hope that some of the informationin this article will help you in your quest for recovery andhealth.

How Long Does Post-Concussion Syndrome Last?

A recent study found that only 27% of PCS sufferers meeting thecriteria for post-concussion syndrome at three months post-injuryeventually made a full recovery (Bigler et al.,2017). The article “Early ClinicalPredictors of 5-Year Outcome After Concussive Blast Traumatic BrainInjury,” states that many concussion patients experiencethe evolution of symptoms five years after mild TBI, notthe resolution of symptoms. 72% of patients had worseningsymptoms after five years. This states that concussion symptoms arelikely to progress over time, rather than resolve. This can leavePCS sufferers with little or no hope of recovery.

With the above said, being proactive in your care, and searchingout natural healing modalities that help support your body'shealing system can make massive impacts on recovery and quality oflife. Unfortunately, the grand majority of people who suffer frompost-concussion syndrome spend tens of thousands of dollars onmainstream medical treatment and do not find lasting relief andhealing until they look into alternative health care procedureslike Blair's upper cervical care. Most studies are made up ofpeople that only use conventional therapies. As is the case withmost chronic health issues it is a MUST to seek out natural healthcare that aids the body in its quest for healing.

Post-Concussion Syndrome Depression

One study on PCS showed that between 14-29 percent of thesepatients suffered from major depressive disorders. (5) Most whosuffer from PCS deal with doctors after doctors find little help. This in itself can be very depressing. However, neck injuryand brain injury commonly result in depression.  It is wellknown that concussion changes brain blood flow and decreases incerebral blood flow can lead to cognitive deficits and depression.Thankfully, in our Wasco-based upper cervical health care office,we have seen hundreds of long-term PCS sufferers not only recoverfrom depression but also recover from many of the other chronicsymptoms experienced by PCS sufferers.

What Exactly Does a Blair Upper Cervical Doctor Do?

Blair Upper Cervical doctors are specially trained to locatespinal misalignments in the upper cervical spine and correct them.Spinal misalignment is located by running a battery of neurologicaltests that locate the spinal segments that have been injured andmisaligned by a prior neck injury.

Once located, precision imaging in the form of digital x-ray orcone-beam computed tomography (Cbct) is used to precisely determinewhich joint has misaligned and the angulation of the misalignedjoint. Each person’s anatomy is different and therefore imaging isused to uncover the blueprint to be used to correct each patient’sindividual misalignment pattern.

Once this information is gleaned, a gentle, light correction ismade without twisting, popping, or pulling. The patient is thenmonitored overtime to ensure that the correction is holding. If thetesting indicates the need for another correction, then it isperformed. However, the goal of Blair Upper Cervical Care is forthe patient to stay in “adjustment”.

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