Concussions present themselves with a number of warning signs, and are a very real danger associated with head injuries. A concussion occurs when the head is jarred quickly and violently enough to cause the brain to rattle against the skull, potentially causing bruising, swelling, or worse. But are there contributing factors to a concussion that go beyond the brain, causing injuries that require the attention of a Toronto Chiropractor?
A researcher of chiropractic medicine has done extensive studies and found that these symptoms aren’t exclusive to concussive injuries—the cause can actually be shared between the brain and the spine.
An Interconnected System
The brain is our most vital and important organ. From a functional standpoint, our heads are designed to be protective cages for this delicate organ. As such, the two primary functions of your neck are to connect your brain to the rest of your body through nervous and cardiovascular systems, and to keep that protective ‘brain-cage’ upright and out of harm’s way.
When our heads are jarred hard enough to cause a concussion, our necks are usually jarred hard enough to cause muscle strains and vertebral subluxations as well.
Many of the symptoms commonly associated with concussions include:
- Disrupted vision
- Mood swings and irritability
- Lack of focus and visual disturbances
- Tingling in the extremities
Every single one of these symptoms is commonly associated with subluxations of the first few vertebrae, which are found in the neck.
While it’s possible to experience these symptoms from either concussion or spinal trauma alone, the fact that they share both causes and symptoms makes it quite likely that concussive injuries and vertebral subluxations often occur together.
A New Class of Injury
This changes how we view and approach concussive injuries: Subluxations work to worsen the symptoms of the concussion, while the concussion works to mask the presence of the subluxations. Medical researchers have proposed calling this association the “Concussion-Subluxation Complex”.
By acknowledging the link between concussions and subluxations, your Toronto Chiropractor can help alleviate symptoms associated with concussive head injuries.
If you’d like to learn more about the Concussion-Subluxation Complex, you can find the original report and its sources here.