Chiropractor located in University Place, WA


A concussion is a head injury. But the force that caused the injury also impacts your spine. At Atkins Chiropractic in University Place, Washington, Peter Atkins, DC, provides gentle chiropractic support to people who’ve experienced concussions to alleviate symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, and light sensitivity. Call today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment and learn more about chiropractic treatment for concussions. 

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury resulting from a blow to the head or body. 

A concussion occurs when the brain moves rapidly back and forth within the skull. This movement disrupts normal brain function, leading to various symptoms, such as dizziness, headaches, and sensitivity to light and noise. 

How does a concussion affect the spine?

A concussion can also affect the upper neck — the highest part of the spine. The joints in this part of the spine are less stable than other vertebrae. 

The ligaments connecting the skull to the head are among the weakest in the spine. While this structure allows for normal head and neck movement, it also makes the upper neck prone to injury and misalignment. It takes about 60 G's of force to cause a concussion, but just 4.5 G’s of force can harm the upper cervical spine. 

Can chiropractic care help with concussions?

The Atkins Chiropractic team specializes in upper cervical chiropractic care, a highly specialized niche within the chiropractic field.

Damage to the upper cervical spine during head impacts can trigger a range of symptoms commonly associated with concussions and post-concussive syndrome. Chiropractic care can help with post-concussion issues like: 

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness
  • Shoulder discomfort
  • Balance issues
  • Vestibular dysfunction
  • Nausea
  • Poor concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Eye issues
  • Autonomic nervous system dysfunction
  • Psychological distress
  • Tinnitus
  • Sleep disturbances

By restoring proper alignment and function to the spine, chiropractic adjustments help alleviate symptoms and facilitate the body's natural healing process.

How soon after a concussion should I seek chiropractic care?

Rest and monitoring are typically recommended in the immediate aftermath of a concussion. It’s best to start chiropractic care once your concussion symptoms begin to subside and your primary care physician has approved you for physical activity.

Your concussion chiropractic care includes various techniques to address musculoskeletal issues associated with concussions, including spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, therapeutic exercises, and neuromuscular re-education. Treatment may consist of the Atlas Orthogonal System, which specifically addresses the upper spine.

If you need post-concussion care, contact Atkins Chiropractic by phone or use this website to book an appointment.