Concussions – What’s the Matter?

Concussion, Head Pain, Headaches, MigrainesNew technology looks into the Brain for answers

Concussions pose a major challenge to health care providers due their intricate nature. Concussions are also known as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) which happens when the brain moves inside the skull typically caused by some sort of trauma. Symptoms may be obvious such as nausea, fatigue, and headaches; however some signs are very small and go unnoticed. Treatment for concussions vary and are typically very intensive, most options typically only treat the symptoms and do not correct cause.

Concussions are a common occurrence in many sports and recreational activities that affect 1.6-3.8 million people in the United States.1 Concussions can happen quickly and often go undetected with little or no symptoms, until they manifest as larger problems years later.

There is a new way of seeing the affects of concussions using a specialized Magenetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) called Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI). This allows doctors to see how the tissues that the brain is made of known as white and gray matter are affected by concussions and head trauma. There are connections being made between concussions and conditions such as; poor balance, visual disturbances, inability to sleep through the night, depression, anxiety and irritability. This is a large window to what happens but there are few solutions to concussions and post concussive syndrome at the moment.

Dr. Kerry Johnson and Associates is helping patients get natural relief from concussions in Apple Valley, Minnesota on a weekly basis. Dr Johnson and his associates are specially trained Upper Cervical Chiropractors that deal with the Atlas Bone (C1 vertebra) as it relates to the brain and nervous system function. Clinical studies have shown that when the Atlas bone under the skull is misaligned that it affects the fluid that delivers oxygen and also provides protection to the brain. When the Atlas is restored to its proper position by an Upper Cervical Chiropractic Adjustment that fluid flow is restored and brain function can return quicker.4

  1. Langlois JA, Rutland-Brown W, Wald MM. The epidemiology and impact of traumatic brain injury: a brief overview. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2006;21:375-78.
  2. Martin DR. New radiology study finds distinctive post-concussion brain injury patterns in patients with depression and anxiety. (accessed 17 June 2015).
  3. Mandolesi S, Marceca G, Conicello S, Harris E. Upper cervical vertebral subluxation in multiple sclerosis with chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency: a pilot study. J Upper Cervical Chiropr Res. 2013;(3):65-70.

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Johnson Spinal Care and Associates are Apple Valley Upper Cervical Chiropractors trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Our NUCCA Clinic has helped many people find natural relief from post-concussion syndrome in Apple Valley, Minnesota. We are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on our website at

2017-09-19T00:17:18+00:00October 26th, 2015|Chronic pain, Concussion, Migraine headaches, Migraine Headaches, Mild traumatic brain injury, Post concussion syndrome, Whiplash|Comments Off on Concussions – What’s the Matter?