Upper Cervical Treatment for Post-Concussion Syndrome

Posted in Post Concussion Syndrome on Jun 11, 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 knowntechnique called Blair upper cervical care for the past 19 yearsand have found that patients who suffer from the post-concussionsyndrome are not getting well because they are suffering from acraniocervical junction misalignment and subsequent nervoussystem interference. Correcting this most vital area can haveprofound healing effects for patients suffering frompost-concussion syndrome and other chronic health disorders.



Post-concussion Syndrome symptomsinclude:

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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



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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’S, etc. The information below is naturalhealing modalities that you can use to help your body in its questfor recovery, healing and health.

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



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)

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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 has been found to be a great aid inhelping post-concussion sufferers recover lost health.(3)

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 get stuck. No matter what they do they just can’tseem to get better.  In our Los Angeles based upper cervicalhealth care office these are the most common cases we see. Peoplewho have exhausted every other option and still are sick. We findthat the upper cervical spine is at the root cause of these outliercases that suffer for years following a concussion. An uppercervical spine misalignment will NOT correct itself.  WE havehad many cases of severe post-concussion syndrome recover afterreceiving precision upper cervical care in our office. Listen toKevin’s story

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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 concussion thatlast months and in some cases years.  As we have repeatedlystated, it is our opinion that many of the cases with PCS that lastfor years are due to a neck injury that does not self-correct. As a consequence, the spinal misalignment at the base of theskull impacts the brainstem and central nervous system which causeschronic health problems that the body is unable to adapt 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 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.

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Post Concussion Syndrome Recovery

The large majority of people who suffer from PCS recover. Somepeople it takes ten days others three months and others even yearsafter 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.



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A recent study found that only 27% of PCS sufferers meetingcriteria for post-concussion syndrome at three months post-injuryeventually made a full recovery (Bigler et al.,2017). In the article “Early ClinicalPredictors of 5-Year Outcome After Concussive Blast Traumatic BrainInjury,” it states that many concussion patients experience theevolution of symptoms five years after mild TBI, not theresolution 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 upper cervical care. Most studies are made up of peoplethat only use conventional therapies. As is the case with mostchronic health issues it is a MUST to seek out natural health carethat 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 iswell known that concussion changes brain blood flow and decreasesin cerebral blood flow can lead to cognitive deficits anddepression. Thankfully, in our Los Angeles based upper cervicalhealth care office we have seen hundreds of long term PCS sufferersnot only recover from depression but also recover from many of theother chronic symptoms experienced from PCS sufferers.



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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 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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