Dementia in Football Players- Untreated Neck Injuries: The Missing KinkThe largest-ever study of cases of football players with the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has, again, found a link between the condition and “prior participation in football”, particularly in professionals. The study looked at the brains of 202 football players. 111 were former NFL
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The Craniocervical Spine, Blood and CSF FlowIn addition to the lack of blood flow and swelling to the brain, trauma can also affect cerebrospinal fluid flow in and out of the skull. The cerebrospinal fluid provides nutrients to the brain and removes toxins. Twenty percent of the blood flow to the brain passes through the vertebral-basilar arteries, which pass through openings in six of the seven vertebrae of the cervical spine and from there into a canal between the top bone in the neck(atlas) and skull, and finally through the foramen magnum in the skull. The drainage system of the brain also passes through the largest opening in the skull, the foramen magnum, as well as other openings in the base of the skull and empties into the vertebral veins in the upper cervical spinal canal. Injuries and strains to the upper cervical spine occur in nearly every play of a football game. The top two bones of the neck are the most susceptible to injury and misalignment because the joints are more horizontal. The traumatic forces to the brain and upper neck are left untreated in football players. So this is why the NFL players have CTE at such an alarming rate. They have more trauma, over a longer period of time. The joints of the spine begin to degenerate early in life for these players. The disc spaces between the vertebrae lose their height, and boney spurs begin to grow. This contributes to the lack of circulation to the brain.
Blair Upper Cervical Care and Brain FunctionThere is plenty of evidence that CTE has its roots in abnormal brain activity. The question is: What causes abnormal brain activity? Upper Cervical Doctors have known for years that a patient’s brain circulation can drastically improve following a correction of the upper cervical spine. Research conducted by Michael Flannagan D.C. using upright MRI shows evidence that a misaligned Atlas (C-1) causes reduced CSF (Cerebrospinal fluid) flow and blood flow to the cerebral hemispheres. While this research is ongoing, it may shed light on an underlying cause for people with cognitive problems.
What Does A Blair Upper Cervical Doctor Do?Blair Upper Cervical is a health care procedure with the goal of locating and correcting spinal misalignments in the neck. There is mounting evidence that upper neck misalignments interfere with normal nervous system function. These interferences can present with various symptoms that many healthcare providers simply mask with medication. When a patient visits a Blair Upper Cervical Doctor a complete history is taken. The patient is then run through a series of objective tests that determine if the patient suffers from Upper Cervical Spine misalignment. If the testing indicates there is nervous system interference, then a set of precise x-rays are taken. The x-rays visualize the joints between the head and neck to measure the direction and magnitude of the misalignment. The information received from these tests helps the doctor make a custom-tailored correction. The goal of Blair Upper Cervical Care is for the correction to “hold” as long as possible. When the spinal segment returns to its normal position and “holds," it allows the brain and body to function better.
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