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Chiropractor Dr. Randy Snyder of Lifetime Health and Wellness in Colorado recently issued a press release in which he suggested that “chiropractic cranial adjustments have been very successful at alleviating concussions.”
“It’s hard to ignore the news about concussions in athletes and in injured troops, but that’s just one part of the whole story,” said Dr. Snyder. “Traumatic head injuries happen in car accidents, when kids fall on the playground—babies can even experience head trauma during a difficult birth. The skull has 22 bones that fit together like a puzzle and when they don’t fit together properly, the fluid around the brain doesn’t circulate efficiently, which can lead to everything from headaches and memory problems to depression and ADHD. Cranial adjustments can help restore balance and alleviate these problems for concussion patients.”
Dr. Snyder said that he uses a treatment called the Cranial Adjusting Turner Style, or “CATS” at his Westminster chiropractic center. He says that this technique moves the skull bones back into their optimal positions. During a CATS adjustment, he presses on specific points on the skull in order to realign the 22 bones, which he says also has a beneficial effect on alignment in the bones of the neck. According to Dr. Snyder, when the bones are aligned, the cerebrospinal fluid balances out, reducing stress on the brain and enabling the spinal cord and its nerves to better communicate with the rest of the body.
According to Dr. Snyder, people who have struggled with the consequences of concussions for years can find relief with this chiropractic cranial adjustment technique. He says that chronic headaches, ADHD, depression, learning and behavioral disabilities, brain fog, and other neurological disorders aggravated or caused by head injuries can be improved, and often alleviated, through CATS.
Dr. Snyder adds, “We have really seen some phenomenal results for concussion patients with this cranial adjustment. People who struggled for years with pounding headaches, who were unable to focus—even children on the autism spectrum—have experienced dramatic improvement with this technique in terms of mood, cognitive function and pain relief. There’s no reason anymore to just live with concussion consequences because CATS works, and it works very well.”
Westminster chiropractor Dr. Snyder is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians and has headed the Colorado Soccer Association’s Concussion Committee. More information is available on the chiropractor’s website at http://www.lthaw.com.
The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT), a non-profit society organized for the purpose of encouraging basic and clinical scientists who are interested in areas of Brain Mapping, engineering, stem cell, nanotechnology, imaging and medical device to improve the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients afflicted with neurological disorders, will holds its annual conference in Los Angeles March 6-8, 2015.
The conference is expected to attract physicians, scientists, policy makers, funding agencies and industry to further the advances and applications in brain and spinal cord mapping and image guided therapies (operative and non-operative).
For the agenda and other information, visit: http://www.worldbrainmapping.org/general
New laws regulating concussion treatment, bolstered by heightened public awareness, have resulted in a large increase in the treatment of concussion-related injuries for school-age athletes.
Over the past decade, concerns over concussion injuries and media coverage of them have skyrocketed. Since 2009, all 50 states and the District of Columbia have enacted concussion laws regulating concussion treatment—the first laws written to address a specific injury.
A University of Michigan study designed to evaluate the impact of new concussion laws found a 92 percent increase in children seeking medical assistance for concussions in states with the legislation in place. States without concussion laws showed a 75 percent increase in those seeking injury-related health care.
“There are two stories here,” said Steven Broglio, the study’s senior author and an associate professor at the U-M School of Kinesiology and director of the NeuroSport Research Laboratory. “First, the legislation works. The other story is that broad awareness of an injury has an equally important effect. We found large increases in states without legislation, showing that just general knowledge plays a huge part.”
Broglio and colleagues examined nationwide insurance data from privately insured 12-to-18-year-olds to evaluate the effect of concussion laws on concussion treatment from Jan 1, 2006 to June 30, 2012 in states with and without concussion laws.
The legislation seems to be working as intended.
“My thought was that all types of concussion-related services might increase in states that enacted the legislation,” said Teresa Gibson, the study’s first author who was vice president of health outcomes for Ann Arbor-based Truven Health Analytics when the research was conducted. “The fact that we didn’t see inpatient visits and emergency department visits increase in states with the legislation, but we saw office-based procedures go up, suggests that the legislation is having the intended effect on these injuries.”
Broglio said “these injuries are the ones you want to catch, so that athletes will sit out until these injuries are resolved.”
The results of the study underscore the importance of public education as well as legislation, said Broglio, who also has an appointment with the U-M Injury Center.
Other statistics include:
- After the first concussion law passed in 2009, treatment rates in states without concussion laws increased roughly 20 percent annually. In states with concussion laws, the annual rates of treated concussion averaged an additional 13 percent higher.
- Rates of treated concussion in states without legislation were 7 percent higher in 2009-10, 20 percent higher in 2010-11 and 34 percent higher in 2011-12 compared with pre-legislation trends.
- By 2012, in states without legislation, office visits for concussion rose 78 percent compared to pre-legislation trends. The rate was 17 percent higher in states with concussion laws.
The study, “Analyzing the effect of state legislation on health care utilization for children with concussion,” appeared in the Dec. 22 American Medical Association journal JAMA Pediatrics.
Other study co-authors include Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, U-M professor of neurology and director of Michigan NeuroSport, and Dr. Stanley Herring of the University of Washington.