Traumatic Brain Injuries, Concussion, Head Trauma, Headache, Head Pain, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, MTBIMild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) generally occur as a result of a violent jolt or blow to the head or body. A temporary dysfunction of brains cells may happen. If someone has ever had a concussion, then they have had a mild traumatic brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injuries do not affect everyone equally. One event that causes this in a person may not cause it in another person. Many times it depends on how hard the person was hit, where he was hit, and similar factors.

One important fact to realize is that a person does not have to lose consciousness to have had an mild traumatic brain injuries or concussion. He may simply feel confused, disoriented, or dazed. Here are some symptoms that may occur in a person suffering from a mild traumatic brain injury:

  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Odd taste in the mouth
  • Moodiness
  • Speech problems
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Changes in vision (blurriness)
  • Coma
  • Light and sound sensitivity
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Extreme tiredness or feeling drowsy
  • Problems thinking, remembering, or concentrating
  • Unusual, frequent headaches

These symptoms may not show up immediately after the trauma. They can take months or even years to affect the injured person. This shows how important it is for someone not to ignore a blow to the head or body, thinking it will just heal itself. He may not be aware of the changes that are taking place within the brain. A misalignment that may have occurred at the time of the trauma may be slowly wreaking havoc on the entire body. What can be done?


Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Can Help with Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries

At Vital Life Wellness Center, we examine a person’s neck to see if they have a misalignment in either of the top two bones of the vertebrae. A misalignment here can lead to pressure being put on the brainstem, hindering the brain and body from communicating properly. Once this is corrected, the body can often begin to heal itself naturally. Any negative effects caused by the mild traumatic brain injury may become a thing of the past.


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at