I was watching a local St Louis news station (KSDK Channel 5) this evening, when news anchor Kay Quinn spoke briefly about the number of American soldiers suffering from chronic headaches.
“Many US soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan are bringing home souvenirs, in the form of chronic headaches. A study of nearly 1,000 US Army soldiers who experienced mild head trauma such as a concussion or blast exposure while they were deployed are now suffering from headaches. In fact, 98% of them reported headaches during the last three months of their deployment. Nearly 1/3 of them say they have headaches at least 15 days each month. Researchers say 15-25% of soldiers in Iraq & Afghanistan suffer some form of mild brain injury.”
Traumatic brain injury is frequently referred to as “closed head injury” when the skull isn’t fractured. Many people have the mistaken notion that in order for a person to have a brain injury, they must suffer coma, skull fracture, lacerations and broken bones, or at least be rendered unconscious. However, many brain injuries can occur from seemingly trivial incidents, like “fender-benders” or minor blows to the head that do not cause loss of consciousness.
Kay Quinn didn’t mention this in her report, but Upper Cervical Chiropractors have had tremendous success in helping headache sufferers. Traumatic head injury (and the resulting upper neck injury) can lead to muscle spasm, reduced joint movement, and poor posture.
Proper head & neck alignment are crucial to the healthy function of your spine and nervous system. For this reason, chronic headache sufferers are encouraged to visit an Upper Cervical Chiropractor for evaluation.