A concussion is the most common type of brain injury and is known for a temporary loss of brain function. Symptoms can be physical, emotional, or cognitive and may not even be recognized if they are minor. What is noted during research is that the brain’s functionality changes after a concussion. This is referred to as post-concussion syndrome and is not present in everyone suffering from a concussion, but 20 – 30% of people do show signs.
Dr. Ge performed a study on post-concussion syndrome using the aid of an MRI. He observed the brain in a resting state, such as when one is daydreaming or one’s mind is wandering. This helps him to have a baseline to compare to when observing concussion patients. Interestingly, those with Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, and autism have significant changes in their brain activity while resting. These were the findings of his first study.
His second study compared 23 patients with symptoms of post-concussion syndrome (within 2 months of when they were initially injured) to 18 healthy participants. He once again was looking at resting state brain activity with the use of an MRI. He noted a disruption of both communication and information in the brain of those that had a concussion, causing the brain to use other neural resources to compensate. Is there anything that can help?
Proper Neck Alignment Alleviates Concussion Symptoms
The underlying source of the problem needs to be addressed in order to correct the issue. Often when one endures a concussion, the top bone of the neck is negatively impacted, and it becomes misaligned. This puts undue pressure on the brainstem and can lead to improper signals being sent to the brain. A misalignment can also cause blood flow to decrease to the brain. Until it is corrected, the body will not properly heal.
Here at Living Well Chiropractic in Plymouth, Minnesota, we use a gentle method to help this bone realign, allowing the body to begin to heal and blood flow to regulate. It is important to seek our help if you have had a concussion – even if it was years ago. You may still be suffering from the consequences. We would love to help you find relief.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/