Very few conditions warrant more attention and notoriety in today’s culture than concussions. Concussions plague
more people of all ages than ever before. Real solutions can only be achieved through proper education and
awareness. Evidence proves that Chiropractic provides unique health benefits and answers to people suffering
from this horrible condition.

Recent concussion statistics include:

  • 3.8 million concussions occurred in 2012, double the number reported in 2002.
  • Nearly 500,000 children suffer from concussions.
  • 33% of athletic-related concussions occur at practice.
  • 1/5 of high school athletes experience a concussion during their sports season.
  • 33% of high school students who have had a concussion report two or more in the same year.
  • Between 4-5 million concussions occur annually in the U.S.
  • 70% of athletes with concussions played despite their symptoms, and 40% reported that their coaches did not know of the injury.
  • Female team sports account for 6 of the top 10 sports that produce concussion.
  • The majority of concussions happen to people who did not black out or lose consciousness.

Most parents and adults do not fully understand the magnitude of the concussion topic. Concussion treatments designed to achieve the greatest results rely on early recognition of symptoms. One of the most significant problems exists in the circumstance that most concussions go undetected, undiagnosed, and unaddressed because the effects are not felt immediately.

Chiropractic plays a unique and important role in caring for people with concussions for two major reasons. Chiropractors undergo scientific training designed to detect a problem with the brain, nervous system, and spine before any symptoms arise. Chiropractic care also improves the function and integrity of the spine, brain, and nervous  system, which happens to be the most important aspect of improving the lives of those suffering with concussions.

Research from 2015 found that every patient who experienced a concussion also experienced a whiplash-type injury to the neck. Outstanding results accompanied the utilization of Chiropractic care to help patients suffering from concussions. Traditional Chiropractic care for post-concussive syndrome patients resulted in rapid and sustained improvement in all signs and symptoms, allowing the tested athletes to return to full competition. 

A Chiropractic evaluation and adjustments amplify health and recovery for all concussion sufferers. A spine and nervous system evaluation can provide critical relief for conditions that might otherwise go unnoticed. Scanning the brain, spine, and nervous system using MRI, CT, or even X-rays usually prove to be unremarkable because concussions typically manifest in neuronal dysfunction, not structural damage of the involved neurons. Advanced imaging misses the main objective.

Chiropractors evaluate and test for signs and symptoms specific to concussion-type injuries. Chiropractic care also plays a unique role in helping concussion sufferers recover through a healthy, drug-free environment not delivered by any other health professional. Concussion awareness continues to promote education throughout athletics and activities. Optimal recovery and long-term health through the hands of a Chiropractor need to accompany that awareness.


The Physician and Sports medicine Jul 2015, Vol. 43: 274-284 “The role of the cervical spine in post-concussion syndrome” Cameron M. Marshall,Howard Vernon,John J. Leddy, Bradley A. Baldwin

Science defines vertigo as a sudden internal or external spinning sensation, often triggered by moving the head too quickly. The words vertigo and dizziness often interchange to describe the feeling of spinning while a person sits or stands still. Episodes of dizziness and vertigo account for over 10 million visits to the doctor each year. These symptoms incapacitate the strongest and most able-bodied people. An equilibrium problem devastates the quality of life for anyone affected. The primary medical options to address vertigo consists of medication.

Conventional medical professionals typically recommend brain and nervous system imaging for vertigo sufferers to rule out possible abnormal tissue growth. Negative images usually prompt a round of drug therapy. Drugs used to treat dizziness and vertigo come with the price of unwanted nervous system side effects. The list of side effects associated with vertigo tends to be lengthy due to the chemistry involved in medications that impact the nervous system. People suffering from vertigo often endure these uncomfortable effects out of desperation to bring dizzy spells under control. A solution exists outside the realm of drugs and surgery.

Research published in 1998 and again in 2016 linked the alignment and function of the upper neck as a major factor in the presence or absence of dizziness. Nerves in and around the bones and tissue in the upper neck and skull branch directly to parts of the brain that coordinate balance and equilibrium. Studies showed that 62% of patients suffering from vertigo experienced misalignments and dysfunction in the three bones of the upper neck. 77% of those patients reported a significant alleviation of symptoms after experiencing a correction in spinal alignment.

Over 10 million doctor visits take place each year to seek relief for vertigo related symptoms. The research determined that more than three out of every four people suffering from dizziness received permanent healing and restoration from seeking pain-free Chiropractic intervention rather than consuming a cycle of medications. A non-invasive health care option focuses on health and healing rather than the consumption and toil of drugs and side effects.

Chiropractors do not seek to treat symptoms or conditions like vertigo. Spinal care focuses on removing interference from the brain and central nervous system. The direct and intimate relationship between the spine and central nervous system explains how and why vertigo patients experience relief from dizzy spells. Chiropractors spend years in advanced education to learn how to assess the health of the spine with precision and correct any areas of interference and stress on the nervous system.

Many factors contribute to dizziness and vertigo, but none more consistently than upper neck misalignments. Science coined the term “cervical vertigo” back in 1955 to describe the cause of many unwanted dizziness and vertigo symptoms. Cervical bones comprise the spinal bones in the neck. Chiropractors continue to bring healing and restoration to the same causes which existed over 60 years ago when professionals traced the causes of vertigo to issues in the neck. Chiropractic care offers a drug free alternative that pursues permanent healing in the body. 10 million annual visits to the doctor proves the need for a better alternative. Chiropractic works.

European Spine Journal: Official Publication of The European Spine Society, The European Spinal Deformity Society, and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research Society 1998
“Vertigo in Patients with Cervical Spine Dysfunction.” R GalmM RittmeisterE Schmitt