Concussions. We seem to hear more about them especially related to contact sports like rugby, soccer, American football, and hockey. It’s a condition making headlines regularly whether it’s a child knocked unconscious in a local soccer match or a professional hockey player, such as Sidney Crosby, sidelined for months. Statistics state that there are at least 300,000 concussions every year in the United States alone.
Concussions are serious. While many of the symptoms are temporary–headache, dizziness, nausea, and/or fatigue–there can be more serious long-term effects such as brain impairment, epilepsy, and vertigo. When a person has a concussion, the brain’s chemical balance is altered and it can take a week or more for the brain to return to normal. If the person is injured again while recovering from the first concussion, the results can be life-threatening.
In addition to affecting the brain’s chemical makeup, a concussion also causes the spine to become misaligned. Chiropractic treatment can provide relief of the neck pain and headaches associated with a concussion.
If a person continues to experience symptoms related to a concussion even when the brain has returned to normal, there’s a new practice within the chiropractic field, chiropractic neurology, that has been shown to help the brain heal from a concussion and stop recurring symptoms. Chiropractic neurology was pioneered by Ted Carrick, a Canadian-born chiropractor, who pursued a Ph.D. in “brain-based learning” and then developed new methods to treat concussions. In the mid-1990s, he gained attention for bringing comatose patients out of their vegetative states using stimulation. A program that aired on PBS, entitled Waking up the Brain: Amazing Adjustments, described Carrick as a ‘remarkable healer and teacher.’”. His methods helped Sidney Crosby return to the ice (with no recurrence of concussion symptoms) after traditional treatments failed.
Talk to your chiropractor about any concussion symptoms you or your child may be having. If your symptoms are more serious or continue after traditional treatments, you may end up needing to consult a chiropractor specializing in neurology. Regardless, your chiropractor can start you on the road to recovery and begin the brain healing process.
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