Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Upper Cervical

mild traumatic brain injury, concussion, head injury, neck injuryWhen a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is not Mild

All it takes for someone to experience a concussion, which is a type of is mild traumatic brain injury is for them to bump their head, be struck on the head, or for their head to be jolted from one side to the other. Any such sudden movement of the head, which may also be the result of a fall or a strike to the body can cause the head and brain to move backward and forward in a rapid motion.

Generally, concussions are not life threatening, which is why they are labeled as ‘mild’ traumatic brain injuries, but they can lead to various health problems. Many times, if ignored, those problems can remain with a person for months or even years, until that person just accepts the as a part of life.

Concussion Research

Luckily, research has been done by Dr. Adam Aron of the University of San Diego, who is a neuroscientist with important insight into the mechanics of mild traumatic brain and cervical spinal injuries. His research led him to the conclusion that during a concussion sharp ridges in the internal structure of the skull can cause bruising when the brain is thrust forward.

The result is damage to those parts of the brain that control behavior, movement, and possible emotions. Dr. Aron said of his findings that, “These findings could be useful not only for understanding movement control, but also self-control and how control functions are affected in a range of neuropsychiatric conditions such as addiction, Tourette’s Syndrome, stuttering and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.”

From Ongoing Problems to Healing

Unfortunately, it does not take that much for a person to receive a concussion, and often times such a head or neck trauma may lead to physical as well as emotional and behavioral problems. Such an injury affects the brain, but it can also cause the upper neck to lead to the tractioning of the brainstem and the spinal cord. This can lead to even more physical and emotional problems that will last for years until the person who suffered from the concussion decides to seek out the proper care.

While many will choose to continue to live in pain, you don’t have to. There is a specific and gentle type of chiropractic that focuses on enabling the brain to communicate with the body. This form of chiropractic, upper cervical chiropractic, does that by making sure the upper cervical spine is properly aligned.

When the top two vertebrae in the spine are out of alignment by only ¼ of a millimeter this can place enough pressure on the brainstem to hinder that communication process. That can lead to all sorts of physical, emotional, and behavioral problems. Luckily, upper cervical chiropractic can reverse the affects of any pressure placed on the brainstem, so the brain can communicate with the body allowing the body to begin to heal itself.

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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

2017-09-19T00:18:12+00:00September 7th, 2015|Concussion, Migraine headaches, Migraine Headaches, Mild traumatic brain injury, Post concussion syndrome, Whiplash|Comments Off on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Upper Cervical