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Treating Brain Fog with Chiropractic Care

Published Date: 
July 21, 2022
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When brain fog is caused by misalignment of the spine, it can be effectively treated with chiropractic care. Here’s the details on chiropractic care for brain fog.

Struggling with Brain Fog? A Chiropractor May be Able to Help

While brain fog may not be a medical condition, it is a symptom causing the inability to focus, memory issues, poor concentration, and mental clarity may be hampered. It is often described as mental fatigue, and, depending on the severity, it may impair proper functioning in work and school. We discuss chiropractic care for brain fog. 

Think of those moments when you have decreased mental acuity, forgetfulness, and can't focus on the task at hand. Brain fog is the hazy feeling that precedes your morning cup of coffee. You may get brain fog from stress, lack of adequate sleep, or spinal misalignment. Luckily, chiropractic care can help.

Brain Fog and Its Relationship to the Spine

The alignment of the spine plays a large role in our brain’s ability to complete daily tasks and to make proper decisions. Since proper spine alignment plays a role in nerve health, if it is misaligned, it can affect nerve energy. Blocked nerve flows affect your brain’s ability to process and perceive the body’s signals. 

Causes and Symptoms of Brain Fog

An artists rendition of an X-ray of the human head in profile. A cloud hovers in the brain to symbolize brain fog.

Brain fog has many potential causes. It occurs when neurons (brain cells) aren’t properly communicating. Brain function begins to diminish providing symptoms of brain fog including:

  • Poor sleep – Sleep quality is important to how the brain functions and alertness. A lack of it is unhealthy.
  • Chronic stress – Cortisol levels in elevated stress situations increase blood pressure causing mental fatigue.
  • Hormonal changes – Changes in hormones from menopause and pregnancy cause brain fog. A drop in estrogen during menopause produces forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, and muddled thinking. 
  • Medication – This may be due to side effects.
  • Diet – B-12 promotes a properly functioning brain. Being deficient in this area causes brain fog. Certain foods like dairy, peanuts, and aspartame can cause this as well. Eliminating them may improve symptoms.
  • Medical conditions – Blood glucose changes or conditions caused by fatigue/inflammation causes brain fog.
  • Allergies to food or air quality
  • Mental health
  • Sedentary lifestyle

If you experience this periodically, you may have brain fog generated by one or more of the above causes.

Upper Cervical Misalignment

Often an overlooked cause of impaired brain function due to brain fog is upper cervical misalignment. Upper cervical misalignment occurs when the spinal cord is pulled the wrong way or becomes stretched. It can also be due to daily abuse or an accident. In this case, the blood flow is impeded in the vertebral artery.

How a Chiropractor Can Help You Think More Clearly

A holistic approach to chiropractic care aligns your spine and restores clarity and mental focus. The multifaceted approach also eliminates back pain, restores energy levels, improves anti-inflammatory fluid flow, reduces stress, and boosts bodily system functionality.

Treating Brain Fog with Chiropractic Upper Cervical Adjustment

Upper cervical adjustments target the upper cervical region or the neck area. An upper cervical chiropractor makes slight and safe adjustments to your neck area to realign your spine allowing for proper communication from brain to body. Unlike other chiropractic treatments, upper cervical adjustments do not involve thrusts and increased pressure.

This chiropractic adjustment realigns your spine and removes pressure from the brain stem while improving fluid flow in the vertebral artery. The reduced stress on the brain stem means your brain will perceive and process signals better.

Upper cervical adjustment treats brain fog symptoms while treating the underlying cause. An upper cervical adjustment is a healthy option, and patients have reported better brain function even after a single visit to reputable chiropractors.

Improving Your Productivity and Ability to Focus with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care eliminates brain fog and improves your ability to focus. Even better, the optimized spine alignment improves other bodily system functions, meaning you will have a better sense of well-being.

Overall, fewer illnesses, better concentration, improved memory retention, and less pain will start a productivity cycle that will see you scale up the corporate ladder. Now that you know how to improve your focus and productivity with chiropractic care for the brain, you can contact a certified chiropractor from the American Chiropractic Association for treatment.


How Can a Misaligned Spine Cause Brain Fog?

A misaligned spine blocks nerve energy. The blocked energy means your brain can’t receive accurate signals from the body, hence the decreased mental acuity.

How Does Chiropractic Care Affect the Brain?

Chiropractic care targets the upper cervical spine to relieve pressure from the brain stem. The decreased pressure restores your brain’s cognitive ability and functionality with the spine.

Can a Chiropractor Help with Focus?

Chiropractic care for the brain imparts normal spinal fluid flow and relieves pressure on the brain stem for improved focus. Lesser pressure means your brain will perceive and process signals faster and more effectively, increasing your focus and concentration ability.

Is Brain Fog Curable?

Brain fog isn't a medical condition. Chiropractic care for brain fog targets the central nervous system to treat brain fog symptoms through upper cervical adjustments. You may occasionally experience brain fog, but it is nothing a certified chiropractor can't handle.


The disconnect you occasionally feel is not a medical condition, and there's a solution. Chiropractic care for brain fog realigns your spine, which could cause brain fog. Like all good physicians, a chiropractor will apply a multifaceted diagnosis to tease out the cause of the brain fog.

Dr. Darren Faherty D.C.

In 2004, Dr. Darren Faherty graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from UWEC - University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Dr. Darren continued education at the highly esteemed University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) where he obtained his chiropractic degree in 2007. He has been helping people recover from injuries and return to their normal lifestyles ever since.

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