Concussion Is a Serious Problem

Direct head trauma, whiplash, and falls are some of the most common things people think of when talking about a concussion. We’ve also all heard of concussions with sports. In fact between 2001 and 2009, according to the CDC an estimated 173,285 people under the age of 19 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for concussions related to sports (read more).

What would you guess are the sports with the highest rates of concussion? They are: concussion sports

Football

Men’s hockey

Girl’s soccer

Boy’s lacrosse

Girl’s lacrosse

Girl’s basketball

What area of the spine is most mobile, least stable? It’s the top of the neck.

If a force is strong enough to damage the brain, what effect would that force have on the spine? Misalignment swelling, decrease blood flow.

Post-concussion symptoms can last for weeks months or years depending on severity and healthcare. Symptoms can last for just seconds or can linger. Ignoring problems is worst approach. Signs or symptoms of concussion include:

Dizziness

Poor concentration

Headaches

Neck pain

Brain fog

Blurred vision

Ringing in ears

Slurred speech

Sensitivity to light

Sensitivity to noise

Memory loss

Correcting spinal misalignment after a concussion decreases brain inflammation.

“It is important to understand how the brain and body communicate in order to understand why post-concussion syndrome can have such long lasting effects. The brainstem is the body’s information highway. The area where it connects to the spinal cord is extremely small. It runs through the two bones of the upper neck called the atlas or axis or C1 and C2. These bones make up the upper cervical spine and are responsible for holding the head in proper balance over the body. Even if those bones are misaligned by a 1/4 of a millimeter, communication to the brain and body can be distorted. This leads to a number of health problems throughout the entire body.” (read more)

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