Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) refers to a set of symptoms that linger after one has endured a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury. There is a variety of information about the effect of concussions on the human body. More and more information is being made available about the after effects of PCS. Some of the most recent research points to the connection between a cervical spine misalignment and post-concussion syndrome.
A concussion can occur after one has had a traumatic brain injury resulting in a change in the functioning of the brain. Some things that may cause a concussion are:
- A car accident
- Slipping and falling
- A sports injury
- A physical altercation
- Being violently shaken
Concussions do not always have to cause a loss of consciousness. Some symptoms that may indicate one has experienced a concussion are:
- Problems with memory
- Problems with concentration
- Abnormal headaches
- Feeling off balance
- Being uncoordinated
The symptoms may start directly after the trauma or may not begin for a while afterward. They may linger for many months after the initial accident.
Caring for Post-Concussion Syndrome Naturally
It is important for a person to seek the care of a professional if he thinks that he may have PCS. The sooner it is cared for, the less damage the body sustains. Recent research reveals that a misalignment in the upper cervical spine is often the underlying cause of PCS. The good news is that this can be corrected.
Here at Living Well Chiropractic, we have been able to help patients cope with and find relief from post-concussion syndrome symptoms. We address misalignments in the C1 and C2 vertebrae that may be putting unnecessary pressure on the brainstem causing it to malfunction. This leads to improper signals being sent to and from the brain and body. Once corrected using a gentle technique, many see their symptoms go away, and they are able to make a full recovery.
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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/