Chiropractic care following a concussion
Updated: Jul 15
A concussion involves sudden direct impact to the head or sudden forceful movement of the neck and head. This coup-contracoup motion, which describes the "sloshing" around of the brain matter itself, significantly disturbs the neurological function of this intricately wired system.
Not only does a concussion affect the nervous system, but it can damage the small stabilizing muscles of the neck and shoulder, commonly referred to as whiplash. Chiropractic care addresses the neurological and musculoskeletal injuries sustained during a concussion.
How does a chiropractor evaluate a concussion?
The concussion protocol at Pinnacle Chiropractic in South Burlington, VT involves a thorough neurological exam, history and evaluation. The treatment is highly subjective to each patient, but will typically involve a large amount of manual muscle work consisting of trigger point release, stretching, traction, cranial work and massage. This is followed by a gentle manipulation to the areas of the spine involved with the injury.
This type of treatment supports healing and relaxing of the hypertonic musculature resulting from such a head injury, as well as increasing blood flow, oxygen and nerve communication to the brain to expedite and optimize healing.
Patients have reported a decrease in brain fog, neck tension and headache, as well as increased clarity of vision, restful sleep, elevated mood and increased vitality.
Lastly, Dr. Tara will make personalized home recommendations and may suggest dietary guidelines and nutritional supplementation to help support the body during this time of recovery.