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Concussions: More Than Just a Headache

Concussions are not just a headache. Concussions are brain injury that needs to be treated with care. While concussions may start off as just a headache, they can develop into so much more. Not only can concussions cause long-term damage, but they can also be deadly.

In this article, we will explain the mechanism of injury that causes concussion and how headaches are related to concussion. We will also offer a solution to manage headaches caused by concussion— NUCCA Upper Cervical Care in San Diego.


How Concussions Occur and Their Long-Term Consequences

Concussions occur when a whipping-like motion often associated with whiplash creates a situation where the brain crashes up against the skull. The tugging-like motion creates compression and tension on the brainstem and cerebellum, leading to neurological and technical dysfunction.

The head and neck are misaligned at the craniocervical junction due to the concussion, specifically displacing the atlas vertebra and compromising the brain and brainstem. When this happens, a chain reaction of events occurs in the body where structural shifts offset the body to maintain some normality. 

The spine bends and twists as well as the pelvis due to the postural writing mechanism, where a pattern of muscles contract and get tight and weak, further adding to the postural shifts. In order to get rid of headaches caused by concussions, it is important to first identify the mechanism of injury and then correct the underlying problem.


Managing Concussion Headaches with NUCCA Upper Cervical Care in San Diego

If you or someone you know has been experiencing headaches after an auto accident or sporting injury, you must seek help immediately! It would be best if you visited a practice offering NUCCA Upper Cervical Care in San Diego. 

These structural changes lead to an increase in headaches because of the pressure that is being put on different areas of the head and neck. The increased pressure due to structural shift leads to CSF (Cerebral Spinal Fluid) build-up and improper blood flow, which decreases healing potential and can contribute to headaches.

There are many different types of headaches that can be experienced with a concussion, but they all share one thing in common—they result from a deeper routed problem causing a series of compensations due to a C1 vertebrae misalignment.

Identifying the C1 misalignment is crucial; correcting it properly is key! Ensuring that there is no more excessive force to the head or neck and that the alignment is restored precisely requires an Upper Cervical specialist such as a NUCCA doctor.

Receiving NUCCA care can help improve or eliminate the headaches resulting from a concussion and improve other symptoms that may be present. A NUCCA Doctor’s approach analyzes and measures the brain-to-body connection to determine the exact direction in which the misalignment has occurred. This allows for a  precise and gentle correction, restoring normal alignment, function and communication between the brain and body.

Nimbus Brain & Spine Provides Top-Notch NUCCA Upper Cervical Care in San Diego

If you or someone you know has suffered from a concussion, you must seek professional help in order to restore normal alignment and function. Our NUCCA doctor can help improve or eliminate headaches caused by concussions as well as improve other symptoms that may be present.

Please reach out to us so we can help! Headaches are abnormal and should not be accepted as part of the healing process. Concussions are serious and oftentimes require specialized care to ensure proper recovery.


To schedule a consultation with Dr. Soham, call our San Diego office at (858) 432-3072.

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