Can Chiropractic Be Beneficial For Concussions?
Updated: Sep 7
An injury to the head from either an impact or shaking the head back and forth too violently is called a concussion. Concussion are most commonly caused by car accidents, sports injuries, or falls. Men, women, and children are all susceptible to concussions from head trauma. Unbeknownst to many, a Franklin chiropractor can aid in the recovery process after a concussion.
How Do I Know If I Have a Concussion?
There are several signs and symptoms to look for when you suspect you might have a concussion. While athletes on TV get hit hard and exhibit severe signs of concussion such as extreme dizziness, confusion, or even loss of consciousness, not every concussion will be this severe in normal, daily life. It is important that you know what to look for so that you can seek treatment if you think you or someone you know may have experienced a concussion. In addition to dizziness, confusion, or loss of consciousness, also look for symptoms such as drowsiness, blurred or double vision, strange or unusual eye movements, unequal pupils, a delayed reaction time, sensitivity to sound and light, headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Some of these signs and symptoms can be very obvious while others are subtle changes to be on the lookout for. Some symptoms of concussion could take longer to show up after head trauma while others are noticeable right away. There isn’t a serious risk of brain damage from one concussion, but it can be dangerous. One concussion often leads to another concussion in the future, and several concussions could lead to brain swelling with fatal results. It is important that the risks of concussions are taken seriously. Thankfully, Dr. Devan Arman, a Franklin chiropractor, can help the healing process along with chiropractic adjustments for concussions.
How Can Chiropractic Aid In Recovery?
A bruise on the brain can be caused from trauma related to a concussion when the protective barriers of the brain are pushed aside and the brain comes in contact with the skull. When this happens, as with all bruises, it requires time for the bruise to heal. If the brain receives proper amounts of oxygen, increased blood flow, and proper transportation of molecules to the bruised area, healing will occur more quickly. Chiropractic care increases oxygen and blood flow to brain, and it encourages proper transportation of molecules that are necessary for healing. Misalignments of the spine can cause nerve interference that affects how the body heals. Gentle adjustments from a chiropractor can remove these misalignments, ensuring that all of the body’s functions are optimized, thus speeding up the healing process.
Has Chiropractic Helped Others?
Athletic teams all across various sports have seen results from chiropractic, so much so that they often include chiropractic as a normal part of their regimen. Case studies have also been done to explore the correlation between chiropractic care and the healing process from a concussion. One study looked at the results of a 31-year-old woman who had dizziness, nausea, neck pain, and headaches from a concussion due to a fall and blow to the head. After two and half weeks of care with a total of 8 chiropractic visits, she saw a resolution of her concussion symptoms. For a quicker recovery from concussions or to promote optimal health and wellness, visit Franklin chiropractor Dr. Devan Arman of Unity Chiropractic today.
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