Concussions can happen to anyone and occur anytime there is an impact or violent shaking of the head. Most concussions result from falls, auto accidents, or sports injuries. It is best to take such injuries seriously and seek medical attention immediately.
A concussion is a form of brain injury caused by a jolt, blow, or bump to the head. It can also result from an impact on the body that rapidly moves the head back and forth. The sudden head movement causes the brain to bounce around in the skull.
A concussion can cause temporary loss of normal brain function. That is due to chemical changes in the brain or damage to the brain cells. It is a chemical syndrome characterized by transient and immediate brain function alteration. That includes a change in the level of consciousness or mental status resulting from trauma.
The symptoms of post-concussion syndrome can last for weeks or even months after the initial injury. Many of the symptoms are complex but primarily involve dizziness and headaches. A significant concern is the loss of attention span reported by those who sustain concussive injuries.
Chiropractic therapy deals with the musculoskeletal system, which is directly related to the brain and nervous system. Thus, it may play a unique role in treating the symptoms of a concussion. After all, virtually any injury that leads to a concussion will also affect the spinal column. Chiropractic care focuses on treating spinal misalignments affecting the nervous system.
Some of the benefits of chiropractic care after a concussion include the following:
Increased Blood Flow to the Brain
Impact or violent shaking of the head can cause the brain to bounce against the skull, leading to bruising. It can take bruises on the brain a while to heal. However, increased blood flow to the brain can help expedite the healing process. A chiropractor can perform a spinal adjustment to increase blood flow to the brain, allowing residual bruising to heal faster.
The body has a remarkable ability to heal itself. Unfortunately, certain things can get in the way. For example, a misaligned spine can cause nerve interference that affects the body’s ability to heal.
Fortunately, regular chiropractic therapy can remove spinal misalignments, allowing your body to function optimally. Besides improving blood flow to the brain, a spinal adjustment can help increase oxygen to the brain and the flow of healing molecules to the injured area of the brain to speed up healing.
Prevention of Further Injuries
Nerve interference can affect your body’s ability to heal, affecting your overall health. Regular chiropractic care will ensure proper spinal alignment, improving overall health. That will help improve your agility, balance, and immune system to prevent future health problems and injuries.
Chiropractic therapy is effective in managing headaches resulting from a concussion. It can also help with vision blurriness and distortion, insomnia, fatigue, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms. If you are experiencing any concussion-related symptoms, schedule an appointment with a chiropractor for a treatment plan tailored to your problem.
For more on chiropractic care, visit Action Potential - Sports and Neurological Rehab at our Austin, Texas, office. Call (512) 991-0038 to request an appointment today.