Concussion, Head Trauma, Headache, Head Pain, Post-Concussion Syndrome, Post Concussion Syndrome, Post - Concussion Syndrome, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury, MTBJConcussions often occur in those who play contact sports. Something called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in people who have suffered repeated blows to the head. Sadly, CTE is only able to be diagnosed during an autopsy. This means when one has a concussion, it is important to care for it properly and promptly so as not to lead to further complications when the next one occurs.

It makes sense that those who get CTE are usually those who have played contact sports for a major portion of their lives. Some sporting events that can cause one to endure CTE are:

  • Boxing
  • Wrestling
  • Ice hockey
  • Martial arts
  • Rugby
  • Football

Another profession that sees victims of CTE is that of the military. Some soldiers have repeatedly been exposed to blasts or concussions.

Indications of CTE

Often CTE lies dormant for many years or even decades after the initial blow to the head. Most people will begin to manifest one or more of the following:

  • Depression
  • Aggressive tendencies
  • Confusion
  • Dementia
  • Memory issues

Relief for Victims of Concussions

As mentioned earlier, it is vital to care for concussions as soon as they occur. A concussion generally causes the muscles of the neck to overextend or twist, damaging the upper cervical spine. If one of the top bones of the spine – the C1 or C2 vertebra – move out of position by just ¼ of a millimeter, the entire body can be negatively affected. This causes stress on the brainstem, hindering communication between the brain and body. The symptoms of improper signals can be seen in post-concussion syndrome.

By using a gentle method, here at Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California, we are able to help the bones of the neck to move back into their original position. This allows the brain and body to communicate properly and can relieve the symptoms of a concussion, leading to decreased risk of developing CTE in the future.  


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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He 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. More information can be found on his website at