Can A Concussion Cause Chronic Fatigue?

Concussion, How do you know if your atlas is misaligned

Are you living with a persistent sense of exhaustion, as if your energy is constantly being drained, much like a smartphone that's struggling to hold its charge? Is this feeling of relentless fatigue becoming a familiar companion, especially in the wake of a recent concussion?

These questions may resonate with you if you're grappling with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) after experiencing a head injury. Such pervasive fatigue isn't merely a subjective feeling—it could be a crucial symptom of post-concussion syndrome.

Read on as we investigate the role of your Upper Cervical spine in maintaining optimum energy levels each day. Also, we will tackle the answers to commonly asked questions like “How do you know if your atlas is misaligned?” and “How can fixing my atlas alignment revitalize my energy levels and improve my overall health?”.

Concussion, Chronic Fatigue, and Upper Cervical Misalignment Connection

When you suffer from a concussion, the sudden jolt to the head can lead to the misalignment of your topmost neck vertebrae: the atlas and axis. That’s because the sheer force from such an event affects the ligaments supporting the cervical spine. This leads to the misalignment, then later on the tilting of the head and the compensation of the rest of the spinal colum.

The chain of events also interfere with your nervous system’s communication, increasing your risks for a myriad of health concerns like headaches and vestibular problems. The neurovascular compression - a common effect of neck bone subluxation - can also heighten your body’s sensitivity to pain, sending your nervous system into an overdrive and draining your normal energy levels; hence the development of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

Notably, these symptoms or condition can manifest immediately after the injury or even years later, making monitoring and addressing any physical symptoms following a concussion highly essential. This can prevent you from enduring years of preventable pain.

How do you know if your atlas is misaligned?

If you have been experiencing chronic fatigue and feel like you've done everything you could and exhausted all your options to feel better yet still feel exhausted day in and day out, your atlas and axis alignment may need to be examined.

It can be challenging to diagnose if the atlas is misaligned, as symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions. However, if you have experienced a head or neck injury, concussion, or even a minor slip or fall and have been experiencing chronic fatigue, this may indicate upper cervical misalignment.

You should also pay attention to other common red flags of atlas subluxation such as:

  • Neck pain that won’t go away
  • Unlevelled shoulders
  • Achy back that isn’t associated with other medical conditions
  • Changes in your gait pattern

If you notice these symptoms, it would help to seek an Upper Cervical doctor for help. After all, Upper Cervical Chiropractic care is a non-invasive and safe way to address atlas misalignment. You can schedule a thorough evaluation with an Upper Cervical Chiropractor to determine the extent of the misalignment and develop a customized adjustment plan tailored to your unique needs.

Visit an Upper Cervical Chiropractor Near You

If this is your first time visiting an Upper Cervical Chiropractor, your initial consultation will require a review of your medical history and symptoms and perform a physical examination. They may also take imaging tests to determine the extent of the misalignment.

Upper Cervical Care will correct the misalignment through precise and gentle adjustments to realign the atlas vertebrae. This can relieve pressure on your brainstem and spinal cord, eventually alleviating chronic fatigue symptoms and improving overall health and well-being.
If you have been experiencing chronic fatigue following a concussion or head injury, it may be worthwhile to consider seeking the help of an Upper Cervical Chiropractor to regain your energy and quality of life.

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