Post-Concussion Syndrome

By William Huhn


Interestingly, virtually all medical websites do NOT include muscle trauma (especially trigger points) when siting causes of post-concussion syndrome (PCS).

But that isn’t a surprise. And I’ve long-accepted that the medical community doesn’t consider muscle nor trigger points, as a possible underlying cause to virtually anything.


Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder. The symptoms often include headaches and dizziness.

These symptoms can last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion.


I have successfully treated several clients who have been suffering with post-concussion syndrome (PCS).

These clients were complaining of headache, dizziness/vertigo, and blurry vision.


For the brain to be concussed, there is often a concomitant traumatic event to the neck – the neck muscles have essentially had a whiplash injury.


After consultation with the client to confirm the medical diagnosis and rule-out any other potential brain/CNS concerns or contraindications, I decided to treat post-concussion syndrome as a whiplash injury. Perhaps referring to it as “whiplash syndrome”. If you compare PCS and Whiplash signs/symptoms, there is more than a few similarities.


Trigger points were found in the following muscles – sternocleidomastoid (SCM), splenius capitis, suboccipitals, levator scapulae, upper trapezius, and scalenes. I also treated the trigger points that were found in the temporalis and masseter muscles.  The results were impressive.

One teenage soccer player (a client of mine) who suffered a concussion during a game had cessation of PCS symptoms after one treatment.

The other clients received 2 or 3 treatments before remedying the PCS.


I know these few clinical results do not confirm anything conclusive, but I’d be willing to bet that most folks who are suffering from post-concussion syndrome would have similar results. At least when it comes to the vision, headaches, and dizziness symptoms.


I’d be interested to know if any other body work professionals have had similar successes.


Thanks for your time.




The following is from the Mayo Clinic website.


Post-concussion symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of concentration and memory
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Blurry vision
  • Noise and light sensitivity
  • Rarely, decreases in taste and smell

Post-concussion headaches can vary and may feel like tension-type headaches or migraines. Most often, they are tension-type headaches. These may be associated with a neck injury that happened at the same time as the head injury.