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Concussions are a common injury. In the United States alone, sports-related concussions affect more than 300,000 people each year. That statistic does not even account for concussions due to accidents, falls, or other causes. But if you or someone you care about suffers a concussion, chiropractic care at Lifetime Health and Wellness can help.
Normally, the brain is protected from colliding with the inside of the skull thanks to the layer of cerebral fluid that surrounds it. But when the force of an impact is strong enough, that layer of fluid can do nothing to stop the brain from slamming against the insides of the skull. The resulting injury is known as a concussion. Chiropractors may treat concussions through cranial or spinal adjustments and, sometimes, acupuncture.
When a patient sustains a blow to the head, that blow can cause subluxations, or subtle misalignments, in the sutures that join the 13 bones of the human skull. Cranial adjustments can correct those subluxations. They are done by inserting small balloons into the nasal passages and inflating them to apply gentle pressure to the bones of the skull. The procedure should not cause pain or discomfort, although many patients report hearing popping and cracking sounds in the cranium as the sutures are adjusted.
Regular chiropractic adjustments of the spine can also be beneficial for concussion treatment. This is because the same types of injuries that cause concussions can also cause whiplash injuries to the cervical spine, or other subluxations of cervical vertebrae. Chiropractic manipulation of the cervical spine can restore normal function and mobility to the cervical vertebrae and relieve symptoms associated with neck injury.
Acupuncture may also be a valuable therapeutic tool to help patients recover from a concussion. Symptoms of a concussion can extend beyond the physical and include emotional disturbance, mood swings, anxiety, feelings of sadness and despair, and insomnia. Multiple studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective remedy for emotional symptoms and can help relieve stress, anxiety, and insomnia. It can also help promote healing of soft tissues and relieve soreness and pain in the muscles.
Though modern science has not yet formed a complete understanding of how acupuncture works, this ancient Chinese medical practice is based on the theory that qi, or life force, must flow undisturbed through energy pathways in the body known as meridians. When sickness or other dysfunction occurs, these meridians are blocked. Acupuncture relies on the placement of thin needles into the skin to remove blockages and allow qi to flow smoothly throughout the body once again. Acupuncture is not painful, and carries a low risk of side effects.
If you or someone close to you suffers a concussion, chiropractic treatment can help with the recovery process. With time and appropriate medical care, concussion patients can enjoy a full recovery, and continue to lead an active and fulfilling life.