CONCUSSION AND WHIPLASH & NUCCA CHIROPRACTIC
Concussion and whiplash can be serious and can cause long-term neurological problems if left untreated. Fortunately, concussion and whiplash are the two most popular injuries we help people with at Elite Upper Cervical.
When you hit your head, your brain immediately starts to swell with inflammation. This causes pressure buildup inside the head, which almost always causes some form of headache.
You can also notice other concussion related symptoms such as dizziness, balance problems, brain fog, nausea, mood swings and difficulty sleeping.
Also, when your neck snaps backwards then forwards, this whiplash effect will tear loose the ligaments that hold the head over the neck. This causes the top bone in the neck, the atlas vertebrae, to misalign, which puts additional pressure on the brain.
The research says that you can’t have a head injury (concussion) without also having a neck injury (whiplash). So, when it comes to treatment options, it’s important to treat the neck in addition to treating the head, for a complete recovery.
Unfortunately, most doctors want to hit the snooze button and throw out the bodies internal fire alarm by prescribing medication, which is not a long term solution.
Why? Because it’s not possible to fix a structural problem with a chemical solution. It’s important to get to the root cause of the problem and secure that structural solution! And that is where we specialize.
As a NUCCA upper cervical chiropractic clinic, the first thing we do is take specific x-rays of the atlas vertebrae to see if it’s misaligned.
We have advanced software that allows Dr. Burt to measure the atlas down to 1/100th of a degree, which is critical when it’s time to realign it. The upper cervical x-rays are the most important thing we can do for you as a NUCCA doctor.
When doctors work on the upper neck without taking x-rays, they risk making someone worse.
After the exact position of the atlas has been measured, then Dr. Burt will be able to correct it.
The realignment is so gentle that anyone would feel comfortable with the amount of pressure we use. Gentle slow pressure is all, right below the ear lobe, which is where the atlas is located.
There is no twisting, popping or cracking of the neck with the NUCCA realignment.
Afterward, we will then have to retrain the neck muscles for a few months, realigning the atlas as needed.
If you are curious to see if your atlas is misaligned, make sure to schedule your NUCCA assessment below, as soon as possible, to see if you’re a good fit for treatment.