Learn to Spot the Physical & Behavioural Symptoms of Concussion

Which Misaligned Cranial Bone Causes Which Symptom?


by Dr. Michael Fiske DC


The cause of concussions can be either a direct blow to the head, face, neck – or an indirect blow elsewhere on the body. Either way, the force to the body misaligns the bones in the skull and spine. For example, I experienced being thrown off a horse, landing on pine needles on my backside without hitting my head, and receiving a concussion. (Fortunately, I knew how to treat myself!) There is a direct relationship between the cranial bones that have been misaligned, the part of the brain that has been damaged by the trauma, and the symptoms that you feel.


Physical symptoms:

  • Headache can be localized wherever the impact of the trauma occurred, as well as the rebound area (opposite to the blow).
  • Migraines are always caused by a sphenoid misalignment. The sphenoid bone passes between the temples, through the skull, behind the eyes.
  • Nausea and vomiting indicate trauma to the brain stem, below the brain.
  • Blurred or double vision indicate trauma to the optic nerve in the sphenoid bone and the visual center in the occiput, at the back of the head.
  • Sensitivity to light indicates trauma to the visual center in the occiput.
  • Seeing stars or lights indicates momentary loss of blood supply to the visual center.
  • Balance problems indicate temporal (the temporal bones are around and over the ears) or occipital involvement or both.
  • Dizziness indicates momentary loss of blood supply to the brain either through the carotid artery (sphenoid) or the vertebral artery (occiput, foramen magnum at the base of the brain).
  • Sensitivity to noise indicates trauma to the temporal region.
  • Tinnitus indicates trauma to the temporal region and suggests possible TMJ involvement.


Behavioral or emotional symptoms:

  • Drowsiness, fatigue and lethargy indicate the injured brain requires more energy to function than during normal conditions. The brain uses 65% of a person's energy for normal function. When it is damaged, it uses more. During recovery, this leaves very little for other normal bodily functions.
  • Sleeping more than usual results from fatigue, induced by the amount of energy the brain uses to recover. Excessive sleeping may also indicate misalignment of the occiput/parietal junction where the sleep center is located.
  • Difficulty falling asleep also indicates trauma to the sleep center at the occiput/parietal junction.
  • Nightmares indicate trauma in the mid-line of the occiput.
  • Irritability, depression and anxiety indicate trauma to the lateral aspects of the frontal lobe.


Cognitive symptoms:

  • The sensation moving in slow motion of is typically caused by the inability of the brain to function at its usual capacity.
  • The sensation being in a fog or dazed of is typically caused by lack of blood circulation to the brain, interfering with the delivery of oxygen and nutrients.
  • Difficulty reading is caused by the sphenoid bone being moved to the right.
  • Difficulty with math is caused by the sphenoid bone being moved to the left.
  • Speech difficulties indicate trauma to the Broca’s area on the left side of the sphenoid.
  • Learning difficulties indicate trauma to the frontal lobe and sphenoid bone.
  • Difficulty concentrating indicates trauma to the concentration centers, which are located on the sides of the parietal bones.
  • Difficulty remembering indicates trauma to the main center for memory (Amygdala), which is located underneath the brain.


Additional symptoms:

  • Losing consciousness is the automatic function of the brain when it is over-traumatized.
  • Disorientation is an automatic response when the brain is not functioning properly.

Without Treatment, More Brain Problems Can Develop Later

  • Lack of motivation and energy indicates trauma to the frontal lobes as well as an overall decrease in brain function.
  • Loss of motor skills indicates trauma to the top and sides of the skull (parietal bones).
  • Fine motor skills are cerebellum-related, located in the base of the occiput.
  • Slower reflexes indicates trauma to the occipital bone.
  • Alzheimer's or Parkinson's can develop years later. Concussions are brain injuries. They damage many brain functions and cause the formation of beta amyloid plaque.


It usually takes between 6 and 12 treatments to make a major correction in your cranial bones. I have also found that the system of correcting the spine that I use, called Advanced Biostructural Correction or ABC, works together with cranial correction to speed up the healing process greatly. Without these treatments, it is very possible that a concussion can cause lifelong problems.


Before Dr. Turner's groundbreaking work, there was never a way to fix these often life altering injuries. Now there is. I feel truly privileged and blessed to be able to offer this transformational technique in my clinic. I am happy to give you a free cranial examination and consultation to determine how much Turner Cranial Technique could help you.


Dr. Michael Fiske's clinic is White Oak Chiropractic, at 292 Alamo Drive, Suite 1 in Vacaville, CA, phone (707) 446-1714. Read more about Turner Cranial Technique, and watch a video about Advanced Biostructural Correction at whiteoakchiropractic.com. You can find many reviews of his clinic by searching for White Oak Chiropractic at plus.google.com and yelp.com.

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