Concussions occur very frequently, most commonly in sporting activities like football, soccer, wrestling, and lacrosse and other outdoor sports such as racing, cycling, skateboarding, snow sports and water sports. They also occur very commonly in car accidents. Concussions are often misdiagnosed as “whiplash” which can look very similar, however whiplash tends to recover quicker and with specific treatment of the neck and shoulders.
Concussion is a serious physical and metabolic process which must be addressed as such. When the brain sustains a concussion, the areas it connects to are most frequently damaged. The neck is often injured, the neurological structures called ‘neurons’ and the ‘neuronal networks’ that control neurological communication are injured as well.
Metabolically there is a complex cascade of events that triggers inflammation, breakdown of the gut, and further weakness of the nervous system.
A targeted approach to the metabolic processes, as well as the neurological structures are required to achieve resolution with any acute or chronic concussion symptoms.
Migraines are a type of headache that are often more severe than just pain, as they tend to consume someone’s life. The symptoms can be so severe they are forced to stop working or functioning, shut themselves in a dark room and attempt to sleep it off even if they’ve already taken emergency medicine. Some of the more severe cases also may experience vertigo/dizziness, vomiting or syncope (passing out) when they have an attack.
The root cause of migraines tends to boil down to dysfunction in the brainstem which is often triggered by improper biomechanics of the neck, metabolic dysfunction (like inflammation and excessive stress) and gut dysfunction (like infection, leaky gut, or food sensitivities).
We find migraine patients see up to 10 different doctors to help with their migraines, however they tend to fall short because each specialist focuses only on their specialty and not the whole person.
Our whole-body approach is critical to our high success rate in resolving migraines. In order to effectively work with migraines we’ve found you must address the root cause and triggers
Vertigo And Dizziness
There are three main systems that contribute to dizziness and vertigo. The cerebellum, vestibular system and autonomic system work together to promote proper blood flow, balance and coordination of our head and body as we move around in the world.
The cerebellum controls your balance and coordination, the vestibular system sends signals of where your head and neck are in relation to the ground (or gravity), and your autonomic system controls where your blood flows. Dizziness and vertigo are often calibration problems between these three systems.
There are many things that can affect these areas of your brain that we call triggers. These include trauma (physical and emotional), improper neck biomechanics, abnormal neural development (retained primitive reflexes), infections, chronic stress, and even medications.
We run objective testing using infrared eye recordings (VNG), balance force plate testing (CDP), heart rate variability (HRV), and QEEG (brainwave testing) testing to establish your current calibration status before developing a treatment protocol and resolution is consistently found with our approach to address these findings.
To resolve your vertigo or dizziness symptoms we must recalibrate all three systems as well as address all underlying triggers. Our approach includes specific head-eye-body recalibration exercises as well as addressing all triggers. This allows us to “sync” all the systems together while addressing the triggers at the same time.