How the Brain reacts to an Upper Neck Alignment

Chronic Post-Concussion Syndrome

There is a good chance you don’t know how much a misalignment of only ¼ of a millimeter can impact your health, but it can, and you should know. The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research reported a case study on March 12, 2012 of a 75 year old woman who suffered from concussions 10 years earlier.

In the 10 years leading up to her seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, she experienced from post-concussion syndrome (PCS).  She sought treatment during that time from medical doctors and cardiologists, and she finally went to a neurologist who told her she had a misalignment in her upper neck vertebrae.

All of her pain began because she fell on her head. She was immediately rushed to the hospital, where she underwent various tests and examinations over the next three months, and then she was released. The problem is her PCS continued, and she continued to suffer for the next several years.

When she sought the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, her symptoms were as follows:

  • Poor balance
  • Lazy left eye
  • Seizures due to certain activities or poor posture (This led to heat in the upper chest, the inability to speak, and migraines)
  • Reduced energy
  • Migraine headaches

An Upper Cervical Solution

After her first adjustment, she began to regain her balance, the range of motion in her neck increased, and her energy levels improved. Her care continued, and she began to notice improvements in the clarity of her vision, her ability to see brightness, and her perception of color. Her lazy eye also began to diminish until it went away, and she had not experienced a migraine due to seizures since she began her care.

According to those who did the case study, it was suggested that the patient’s symptoms were due to a change in the flow of blood to the brain. That change of blood flow in a person’s brain can be the result of a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae of as little as ¼ of a millimeter.

Of course, the good news is realigning that misalignment can normalize that blood flow, but the only way to do that is to seek out the care of an upper cervical chiropractor. They will examine your upper neck vertebrae for any misalignments that may be the underlying cause of your neck pain.

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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