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Concussions - Dizziness and Chronic Headaches

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This past week on the Heal Yourself Radio, concussions was the topic. A lot of people attribute concussions with something that is severe. As was discussed on the radio, a lot time and can be something that we tend to overlook because the initial symptoms weren’t that dramatic. 

When accidents and injuries occurs, you tear loose the connective tissue that holds the spine in place it creates a weakness, which allows the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position.

The area of the body that is the most vulnerable to injury and has the most far reaching effects is the upper neck.  The top bone in the spine, the atlas sits right underneath the skull and when the tissues around it become stretched and damaged the weight of the head will be shifted from center.

Once the position of the head is altered the position of the eyes and ears is altered as well.  The brain will initiate a reflex called the righting reflex in order to balance the eyes and the semicircular canals in the ears with the horizon.

The problem is now the head is slightly off center and the spine must adapt to that position by twisting and turning the remaining structure of the spine.  This will lead to tilting of the shoulders, the hips and imbalance all the way down to the legs leading to an unequal distribution of weight.

Body imbalance can lead to a variety of different health problems, but frequently has the same root cause…

The original head or neck injury created a misalignment of the Atlas bone at the base of the skull, which led to the subsequent problems with the structure of the body; nerve and blood flow from the brain to the body.

Dizziness and Chronic Headaches

Here is a great example from a research article published in the Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ January 6, 2011

A 23-year-old female patient presented for upper cervical chiropractic care five months after a slip and fall that resulted in a concussion.  The patient presented with symptoms of vertigo and headaches consistent with post concussion syndrome.  The patient had a longstanding history of headaches that were exacerbated by the concussion and a new complaint of positional vertigo that occurred immediately following the trauma.  Significant body imbalances were noted including a leg length difference.  Specific Upper Cervical X-rays demonstrated an upper cervical misalignment.

She began to receive Upper Cervical Specific Chiropractic care and the headache and vertigo was gone immediately following the first adjustment. Post X-Ray evaluation showed a significant improvement in the alignment of the head and neck.  The follow up examination the following day revealed a significant decrease in muscles spasm in the neck and the legs were balanced.

The patient’s care was continued on a frequency of twice per month for evaluations and progress monitoring. She continued to report a complete resolution of vertigo and a significant improvement in the headaches as well.

Who do you know that has had a concussion?  Do they have a chronic health problem?  Is there a connection to the upper neck?

Only an upper cervical specialist could tell you for sure.

To schedule your NUCCA evaluation, call us at 561-409-3594

As a long time Migraine sufferer, I understand first hand how debilitating it can be. The frustration of not being able to find an answer as to why you are having the migraine only adds to the problem. I found my solution through NUCCA. This might be the answer you have been looking for. So call and find out how we may be able to help. 

References:

Heal Yourself Radio – Weekly broadcast on 1470AM or wwnnrradio.com from 5pm to 6pm with Dr. Jean-Pierre of Upper Cervical Institute of Florida, in Boca Raton FL and Dr. Chung of Keystone Chiropractic in Wellington FL.

Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research ~ January 6, 2011

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care of a Patient with Post Concussion Syndrome, Positional Vertigo and Headaches

Alisha Mayheu DC & Matthew Sweat DC

 

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