Chiropractors Can Help With the Pain and Healing of a Concussion
Sadly, concussions are common occurrences in sports today, happen in auto accidents, and are caused when people fall. They can cause persistent headaches, mental confusion and disorientation, nausea, and light sensitivity. As part of the treatment process, a chiropractor has an important role to play. If you find yourself with a concussion, the trained professionals of Anderson Chiropractic in McMurray, PA can assist you with alleviating the pain and discomfort you may be feeling.
What is a Concussion?
The CDC describes a concussion as a traumatic brain injury where the brain shakes rapidly back and forth within the head. This violent shaking causes the brain to bounce around, twist inside the skull, and sometimes will stretch and damage brain cells. A concussion is not a structural injury like a bone break, but a functional injury that changes how the brain works.
A concussion can occur from a blow to the head, but a blow to the head is not necessary. A body blow can also cause the brain to bounce around inside the skull, causing a concussion. Whiplash is an example, but body blows that happen in sports or accidents that cause sudden movement of the head are also involved.
What is the Relationship Between a Concussion and Your Spine?
The accident or impact that causes a concussion can also cause subluxation in your neck. This misalignment of vertebrae decreases the blood flow to your brain. Since the body's main communication system travels through the spine, a subluxation in your neck causes distortions in this communication. Decreased blood flow and communication can cause a number of health problems.
The vertebrae in your neck are responsible to help hold your neck in the correct position. The misalignment of these vertebrae needs only to be slight to cause you problems. A misalignment of only about a 1/4 of a millimeter of these bones will cause issues.
How Does a Chiropractor Help With the Symptoms of a Concussion?
A chiropractor works to realign the vertebrae that were put out of line by the sudden movement of the head that caused the concussion. You probably are familiar with the sudden popping, twisting, and forcing that a chiropractor does for realignment. But a realignment of subluxated vertebrae in your neck is handled much more gently.
The realignment of vertebrae in your neck is gentle, low-force, and precise. Modern diagnostic equipment can give the exact location and degree of misalignment. That kind of precision allows your chiropractor to make small adjustments that your body will most likely accept.
The gentle realignment of your neck's vertebrae allows better blood and communication flow to your brain. This better blood and communication flow helps to alleviate symptoms that are causing part of your suffering.
A person may feel very little of the minor chiropractic adjustments, but receive a dramatic improvement in their concussion-related health issues.
Anderson Chiropractic in McMurray, PA Can Help You Overcome Your Concussion
For over two decades, Anderson Chiropractic has been providing chiropractic wellness services for the McMurray community. We have the training, experience, and ability to help you in recovering from a concussion. Arrange an appointment by giving us a call at 724-941-5805. We will help you to get relief from the effects of your concussion.