Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Whiplash, Concussion, Post Concussion Syndrome & Upper Cervical Chiropractic

You do NOT have to live with Whiplash, Concussion, or Post Concussion Syndrome! Symptoms that may come with post-concussion syndrome – mental fatigue, brain fog, migraine, headaches, dizziness, vertigo, blurred vision, and the list goes on and on and on.

When the head gets banged around, the soft tissue that connects the head to the rest of your spine can get stretched, damaged, torn, sprained, or strained. Now we have this kink, this twist, this misalignment at the base of the skull. A misalignment in the neck can narrow the space where your brain is communicating with your body.

There is an option here at Revive UCC in Cranberry Twp, we have the ability with 3D imaging, thermal scanning, and the precise Chiropractic method to best serve our patients.

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When we talk about concussion or post-concussion syndrome, usually the types of patients that we see that have this issue are high schoolers or college-aged individuals that have been in some sort of accident – usually sporting injury.

They were diagnosed with a concussion and they’ve been through the typical concussion protocol. They’re told to relax in a quiet room or they’re given vestibular therapy or these different forms of therapies and then months go by. They still have their headaches. They still have vertigo, light sensitivity, migraines, or nausea.

They’re just given this label, well, you have the post-concussion syndrome and your brain just needs time to heal, which is partly accurate. However, here’s what we have to look at. 

When you’re in a concussion, there is typically a direct or indirect blow to the head and neck area. So if you have a head-on collision, the head is whiplashed back or to the side, and inside of the head. The brain is moved violently.

There are some theories as to what happens in a concussion. Maybe the nerve connections are severed or maybe the chemicals that are in the nerves are spilled outside of the nerves and now the brain isn’t communicating. Well, that’s some very viable working theories. 

One of the theories that I like to put out that I think is very important and very much overlooked is that when you’re in a concussion and your head is rattled, maybe violently, we have to realize that in the process, we also get a bit of a whiplash.

When the head gets banged around, the soft tissue that connects the head to the rest of your spine can get stretched, damaged, torn, sprained, or strained. Now we have this kink, this twist, this misalignment at the base of the skull. The latest research shows that this misalignment here can narrow the space where your brain is communicating with your body.

If you think about the skull like a kitchen sink, the hole at the bottom is like the opening of the kitchen sink. When you have a kink, twist, or misalignment, if it pressurizes that opening, it’s like having a dish rag in the bottom of your kitchen sink. All the fluid backs up.

Now inside your head, there’s an added amount of pressure which can cause headaches. If there’s additional pressure, it could theoretically affect the amount of blood flow going in and out of our brain. And if we don’t have enough blood flow now, we might get mental fatigue, brain fog, migraine, headaches, dizziness, vertigo, blurred vision, and the list goes on and on and on.

So when we talk about concussions, what we’re saying is, yes, you can have the brain that goes through these motions that could shake things up and damage the cells potentially. But you can also have instability in the neck, something that we call an upper cervical subluxation. That’s what we use in the chiropractic profession. 

If we wanted to use it in a medical term, we’d call it a craniocervical syndrome. This means something has been damaged at the point where the head is sitting on the neck.

This is because that area is so influential to the health of your brain stem, that if there is a syndrome if there’s a misalignment. There is damage to this area in the process of the concussion. If those symptoms of concussion, the post-concussion syndrome, have not calmed down yet, maybe we need to look at the neck and see what’s going on. 

If we restore alignment, we restore blood flow. These restores function to the brain, now the brain can heal better, and we do not have this post-concussion syndrome for months and years… and years… and years…

One way or another, we’ll get your head back on straight, as we like to say, get your spine in line, and get you back to living a full life. 

 To schedule a consultation with Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic, call 724-772-7060, or fill out the form below.

    If you are in or around the Cranberry Township area and are looking for a resource to help with a concussion, post-concussion syndrome, or whiplash. In that case, you can visit us at the Revive Upper Cervical Chiropractic. Our practice is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm; Wednesday from 1 pm to 6 pm. You can also drop by on Fridays between 9 am to 12 noon.

    And so if you have any questions on that, please leave them in the comments section below. If you are outside of the greater Pittsburgh area, check out our referral map, https://www.reviveucc.com/referralmap/ and we’ll help you find a professional in your area.

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