A recent study involving concussions and the post-concussive effect experienced by many patients has revealed that rest is not necessarily the best medicine. In fact, the study revealed that patients who took a week off to recover following a concussion were more likely to develop post-concussive symptoms.
According to the study, when physical activity was resumed before one week, nearly a third of patients showed no ongoing symptoms and just under half had 3 or more post-concussion symptoms that were continuing to worsen. When patients waited the full 7 days to resume activity, 80% were experiencing 3 or more ongoing symptoms. At the end of 28 days, patients were examined again, and 40% of those who rested were still experiencing symptoms while fewer than one-third who returned to activity earlier were still experiencing difficulties.
What Are Post-Concussion Symptoms?
Post-concussion symptoms may include:
- Headaches or Migraines
- Cognitive Difficulties
- Dizziness or Vertigo
- Sensory Sensitivity
- Neck Pain
Helping the Body Deal with Post-Concussion Symptoms
One less considered factor in recovery from a head injury is the fact that a concussion often leads to an upper cervical misalignment. Why is this a significant oversight? A misalignment of the atlas and axis (C1 and C2) can cause the conditions that create all of the above symptoms, especially neck pain, headaches, and vertigo.
This is because the atlas is positioned right at the base of the skull where the brainstem meets the spinal cord. A misalignment can put pressure on the brainstem and shift other vertebrae that then place pressure on the spinal cord. This leads to even more symptoms. The uppermost vertebrae in the spine also facilitate blood flow to the brain and the proper drainage of cerebrospinal fluid.
An upper cervical chiropractor can identify and correct these specific misalignments with gentle precision. For many, that has led to a resolution of symptoms, even when the injury has occurred a number of years ago. If you have suffered a concussion—recently or in the past—schedule a consult today to ensure that any misalignments are removed and the body can heal.