A concussion is defined as a mild to severe traumatic brain injury. Concussions are usually caused by a direct blow to the head or injury from a contact sport or car accident. In some cases being shaken hard enough can cause damage to the brain especially in young children. Symptoms include:
- Neck and Back Pain
- Insomnia / Sleep Disorders
- Speech Problems
- Dizziness / Vertigo Disorders
- Cognitive problems (inattention, memory loss, mental confusion, etc.)
- Headaches / Migraines
- Anxiety / Depression
During a post-concussion syndrome these symptoms can last for days, weeks, months, even years.
Research is beginning to correlate multiple head traumas and concussions to neurological disorders such as:
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Upper Cervical /brain injury/ post-concussion syndrome
The Upper cervical region (C1) (C2) are crucial in the transmission of neurological function. During a traumatic injury such as a motor vehicle accident or sporting injury the soft tissue in the upper cervical region of the neck can be damaged.
Are a symptom of convulsions, where the body shakes rapidly and uncontrollably caused by an imbalance of electrical impulses in the brain. During convulsions, the person’s muscles contract and relax repeatedly. Seizers that occur more than once without a specific cause are called epilepsy.
While the exact cause of seizures is unknown researchers are finding a strong correlation with traumatic head trauma, especially post-concussion. Some people have reported symptoms directly after a trauma, while others have had a delayed onset of weeks, months, or even years. . Not every patient can recall a specific trauma. Every case is unique and an evaluation and tests are necessary to asses whether upper cervical injury and nervous system interference is present. From there is can be determined if benefits from care can be achieved.
Neck, Arm, Leg, and Back Pain
Upper cervical and neck, shoulder, arm and back pain
The bio mechanics of the upper cervical region are vital for the function in the entire spine. When trauma occurs, especially a car accident, head trauma or sporting accident; the soft tissue in the upper neck can be damaged. This damage leads to scar tissue that is not as pliable as the original tissue. This can lead to a disruption in how the upper neck moves. Since there is a close relationship with the brain stem and the Upper cervical region damage can lead to mis- firing pain signals. Many people have reported a specific trauma resulting to pain in the neck, shoulders, arms, legs and even the lower back. This disruption of biomechanics can cause an altered biomechanics in the entire spine such as a head tilt, uneven shoulders, hips or a short leg.
The purpose of Upper Cervical care is to reverse the original damage, restore proper nerve function and restore the proper biomechanics in the entire spine. While some patients can remember a specific trauma, such as car accidents, sport injuries or repetitive micro-traumas, some do not. Every case is unique and an evaluation and tests are necessary to asses whether upper cervical injury and nervous system interference is present. From there is can be determined if benefits from care can be achieved.
Numbness is a feeling of lost sensation that can occur on one or both sides of the body. People often explain it a burning, tingling, or pins and needles. Chronic or prolonged numbness is usually a problem with the sensory nerves and can be seen in conditions such as multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel, or a spinal nerve compression (radiculopathy.)
Upper Cervical and numbness and radiculopathy
All of the spinal nerves that exit the brain start at the very top of the neck and branch out to the entire body. When numbness occurs it starts distal (away from the body) and travels (proximal). So the sensory information that is being disrupted from the upper neck can be felt as far away as the fingers. If the Upper Cervical region (C1) and (C2) are damaged in a trauma such as a car accident, sporting event or head trauma, then symptoms like numbness can be felt in the arm or legs.
Some patients have experienced symptoms immediately after a trauma; sometimes it can take months or even years. Not every patient can recall a specific trauma. Every case is unique and an evaluation and tests are necessary to asses whether upper cervical injury and nervous system interference is present. From there is can be determined if benefits from care can be achieved.
Vertigo and Dizziness
Dizziness can be used to describe two different feelings. Lightheadness and vertigo. Lightheadness is the feeling of about to faint or pass out. It may feel like you are dizzy, but your surroundings do not feel like they are moving.
Vertigo: The feeling that your surroundings are moving, but you are stationary. You may feel as though you are off balance, falling, tilting, or spinning. To avoid vertigo our bodies rely on specific sensory input:
Vision: input from the eyes
Mechanoreceptors and proprioception (balance information) from your joints in the entire body and most importantly from the upper cervical joints
Semicircular canals – located in the inner ear
When one or all three of these sensory inputs do not compute in the brainstem you get what is called “sensory mismatch”. The body has a hard time figuring out where you are in space so your environment can seem like it is off balance or spinning.
Upper Cervical and Vertigo
Since the information coming from the upper vertebrae of the neck are vital to the sensory information coming into the brainstem, trauma can cause mis-information. Some patients have experienced symptoms immediately after a trauma; sometimes it can take months or even years. Not every patient can recall a specific trauma. Every case is unique and an evaluation and tests are necessary to asses whether upper cervical injury and nervous system interference is present. From there is can be determined if benefits from care can be achieved.
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Multiple sclerosis or (MS) is an auto immune disorder where your body attacks the myelin Sheaths that surround and protect your nerves. Not only do the Myelin Sheaths protect the nerves they also assist in the transmission of impulses or messages being sent through nerves to the brain and the entire body. This can lead to many painful and neurological symptoms such as:
- Shooting pain down the arms and legs
- Brain fog
- Loss of motor function
- Walking (gait) balance
- Bladder dysfunction
- Coordination problems
How Upper Cervical Care relates to Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Researchers are starting to see a correlation with head trauma and the onset of Multiple Sclerosis. Many patients can remember a specific head trauma, car accident, or sporting accident, however some do not.
The relationship of the Upper cervical spine ( C1 and C2) and the brain stem are vital for optimal function of your body. Because all of your nerves start at this point they are the “switch board” for the function of your entire body. When trauma happens to this area the nerve impulse can be disrupted and cause misfiring to and from the brain. Any auto immune disorder is your own body attacking itself. When the brain is functioning properly you are able to heal and your immune system functions better as a whole.
While some patients can remember a specific trauma, such as car accidents, sport injuries or repetitive micro-traumas, some do not. Every case is unique and an evaluation and tests are necessary to asses whether upper cervical injury and nervous system interference is present. From there is can be determined if benefits from care can be achieved.
ADHD is a condition which affects the central processing center of the body. Simply put, a misfiring of the brain. Imagine a light controlled by a dimmer switch. Normally we are able to adjust the dimmer to become either brighter or more dim. ADHD does not have a dimmer switch, they are either on full blast or turned to the lowest setting.
Upper Cervical Specific is designed to give the individual control of that dimmer switch once again. It is about restoring the individuals ability to regulate their body and brain so they can learn naturally what their body needs.
It is important to note that not everyone is a candidate for this type of care. Although we have tremendous success with those suffering from ADHD, the only way to know for sure if this office is the right fit is to complete an initial exam.
Whiplash: Is a term used for an accident in where there is acceleration-deceleration force which causes the neck to hyperextended(backwards) and then hyperflexed (forward). The most common cause of “whiplash” is a rear-ended car accident, although this injury can occur during a sport accident, or a post-concussion trauma. During this kind of accident the muscles, tendons, and ligaments can be sprained or strained. Due to the biomechanics of the upper neck this location is especially affected. Symptom following whiplash include:
- shoulder pain and stiffness
- neck pain and stiffness,
- back pain
- arm pain
- fatigue, Insomnia, Sleep disorders
- jaw pain
- ringing in the ears
- visual disturbances
- Upper cervical care and whiplash/car accidents
Due to the unique biomechanics in the top of the neck during a whiplash injury the C1 and C2 are prone to damage. This damage to the upper neck can cause interference in how the brain receives and sends information to the entire body.
The purpose of Upper Cervical Chiropractic is to reverse the trauma and damage to the top of the neck that is causing irritation and restore proper nerve function. . Every case is unique and an evaluation is necessary to asses whether upper cervical injury and nervous system interference is present. From there is can be determined if benefits from care can be achieved.
Migraines and Headaches
A migraine headache is described as an intense throbbing pain on one side or the whole side of the head. This can be accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to sound, smell, bright lights, and even touch. People report wanting to lock themselves in a dark room to lie down. Migraine attacks can last for hours or even days. Some migraines can be proceeded or accompanied by a sensory warning (aura) such as a specific smell or visual disturbance.
Tension headache: described as a mild to moderate continuous band-like pain, pressure, or tightness around the back of the head and neck or forehead.
Cervicogenic Headache: headache with associated muscle spasms and neck pain.
Cluster headaches: described by recurrent, intense and severe headaches on one side of the head, usually around the eye. Attacks can last for days or weeks, then dissipating for months or even years. These “cluster attacks” can be accompanied by drooping eye lid, tearing, and stuffy nose.
Upper Cervical and migraines and headaches
The direct causes of headaches are still unknown more and more researchers are correlating head trauma (whiplash, post-concussion) with the onset of many types of headaches. The purpose of Upper Cervical Chiropractic is to reverse the trauma and damage to the top of the neck that is causing irritation to the nerves and blood vessels that trigger headaches.
While some migraine patients can remember a specific trauma, such as car accidents, sport injuries or repetitive micro-traumas, some do not. Every case is unique and an evaluation is necessary to asses whether upper cervical injury and nervous system interference is present. From there is can be determined if benefits from care can be achieved.
Sleep problems can be defined in 3 different ways: insomnia, disturbed sleep, and restless sleep. Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep. Disturbed sleep is the inability to stay asleep for a full night’s rest.Restless sleep is when you can fall asleep and stay asleep, but the quality of sleep isn’t good. The end result of any of these types of sleep problems is that you wake up tired, or even exhausted.
The upper cervical spine plays a critical role in your sleep cycle. Proper motion of the upper neck is important in maintaining a normal sleep cycle by allowing the portion of the brain stem called the reticular activating system to function normally. When this occurs, sleep issues tend to resolve once and for all!