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Concussions Being Smacked Down By Chiropractic Care

Sports related concussions seem like a normal occurrence in the United States. In fact, there are at least 300,000 every year, many of them affecting children who play dangerous contact sports such as football, soccer and hockey.

Concussions are nothing to scoff at either. Although they are mostly associated with temporary symptoms such as headache, confusion, dizziness, nausea and fatigue, there can be more severe complications. People who receive concussions frequently due to sport’s related impact, or even people who have received one from a freak accident, are more prone developing brain impairment later on in their lives. They are more at risk of developing epilepsy, chronic headaches and post-traumatic vertigo, as well as emotional issues, such as depression.

When the brain experiences a concussion, it’s chemical makeup is altered. It can take up to a week, sometimes longer, for the brain to stabilize again. Getting another concussion while still recovering from a prior one can be life threatening, so it is important to heal completely before partaking in risky activities again.

If you are in a position where concussions are a constant risk in your life, then chiropractic may be a treatment option that may help you manage head trauma. Most chiropractors are able to see the signs of brain injury, which enables them to start treatments early on. Usually people will go see the chiropractor if they are experiencing headaches or neck pain, symptoms that go along with concussion symptoms. If a patient complaining of a headache is examined by the chiropractor and is found to be suffering from a concussion, then the proper procedures can be taken in order to help with the injury. 

When a concussion occurs, it usually happens because there was trauma to the head or neck. When there is an impact so great that it causes such an injury, then the spine can easily become misaligned. The misalignment usually occurs to the cervical spinal area when there is a head injury. Chiropractors may be able to provide relief of the neck pain and headaches that follow a concussion by manipulating the cervical spine. Since chiropractic care is a generally low risk treatment, it is a safe form of care for both adults and children. Children who play contact sports often get concussions, leaving them with the unpleasant side effects. Chiropractors are able to safely treat children with their all natural treatment plan that is free from the use of any potentially harmful medications. 

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