Upper Cervical Treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome

Posted in Post-Concussion Syndrome on 06/11/2020 20:04 PM

We have written extensively about what we feel is the missinglink in the post-concussion syndrome discussion and recovery. Anysevere trauma to cause shearing damage to the brain simultaneouslydamages the soft tissue at the skull neck junction (craniocervicaljunction).  Because the craniocervical junction(CCJ)  isa "choke point" for neurology, cerebrospinal fluid flow, andcerebral artery flow, a misalignment in the integrity of thisregion can have a cascade of detrimental effects throughout thebody.

We have been practicing a little-known technique called Blairupper cervical care for the past 19 years. We have found thatpatients who suffer from post-concussion syndrome are not gettingwell because they suffer from a craniocervical junctionmisalignment and subsequent nervous system interference.Correcting this most vital area can profoundly heal patientssuffering from post-concussion syndrome and other chronic healthdisorders.



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Post-concussion Syndrome symptomsinclude:

  • 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 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. There are manythings one can do to assist the body’s ability to heal andrepair:

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

Increase Water Intake - Seventy percent ofthe human body is water. The brain is no different. Adequate waterintake is a must not only for concussion sufferers but foreveryone. Make sure you drink at least ½ of your body weight inounces per day. (2)

Get Under Upper Cervical Care - Uppercervical care is a rapidly growing natural health discipline thataims at restoring normal alignment of the skull neck junction. Thismost vital region is the seat of control of most autonomicfunctions in the body.  Concussion injury causes the head andneck to misalign and results in interference to the central nervoussystem. Nervous system interference impedes healing and can havefar-reaching deleterious effects on the human body. (1)

Take lots of fish oil - There are hundredsof articles published in the peer-review literature that tout fishoils' ability to help the body and brain heal from injury. It isnaturally anti-inflammatory and is a great aid in helpingpost-concussion sufferers recover lost health. (3)

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Eat Healthily - It is best to eat what isknown as an antiinflammation diet. (4) Foods like sugar, whiteflour, refined carbohydrates are inflammatory in nature.Post-concussion syndrome sufferers are already dealing withinflammation. Eating a diet that is high in fruits, vegetables, rawoils, and low in carbohydrates has been found to decreaseinflammation and aid the body in its attempt to heal.

Post-Concussion Syndrome Symptoms YearsLater

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 Lake Elmo-based upper cervicalhealth 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 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 caseswith PCS that last for years are due to a neck injury that does notself-correct.  Consequently, the spinal misalignment at thebase of the skull impacts the brainstem and central nervous system,which causes chronic health problems that the body is unable toadapt to.

Can Post-Concussion Syndrome BecomePermanent?

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 to 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 otherseven years after their original concussion they suffer from chronicPCS symptoms.  No matter where you are at on this spectrum ofrecovery, we are huge advocates(it’s the reason this site exists)in raising awareness of natural health procedures you can use thatcan aid your body in its recovery from PCS and other chronicdegenerative health problems.

No matter where you are at in your health journey, there arealways things you can do that will help you on your path torecovery. We hope that some of the information in this article willhelp your quest for recovery and health.

How Long Does Post-Concussion SyndromeLast?

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 (What is thephysiological time to recovery after a concussion? A systematicreview). 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 mildTBI, not the resolution of symptoms. 72% ofpatients had worsening symptoms after five years. This states thatconcussion symptoms are likely to progress over time rather thanresolve. This can leave PCS sufferers with little or no hope ofrecovery.

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 finding littlehelp.  This in itself can be very depressing. However, neckinjury and brain injury commonly result in depression.  

It is well known that concussion changes brain blood flow, anddecreases in cerebral blood flow can lead to cognitive deficits anddepression. Thankfully, in our Lake Elmo-based upper cervicalhealth care office, we have seen hundreds of long-term PCSsufferers not only recover from depression but also recover frommany of the other chronic symptoms experienced by PCSsufferers.

What Exactly Does a Blair Upper Cervical DoctorDo?

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 correct each patient’s individualmisalignment 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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