Vertigo is a condition that affects the way that the body is able to control itself in space. It comes in bouts of dizziness and the sensation of spinning in a chair that lasts for hours or even days. Vertigo doesn’t wait for the right moment to strike and makes leading a normal life challenging.
Vertigo is a neurological defect that takes place between the brain and ear with the Vestibular Cochlear nerve. The problem may lie in how the brain interprets the messages, how the nerve is functioning, and/or how the ear senses the position of the body. Vertigo affects roughly 10% of the population and 40% of people over 40 years old. 1 The issue happens in two general ways; the body is moving in space and not being sensed by the brain, or no body movement and the brain responding to motion.
Treatment and diagnostic methods vary greatly with a varied rate of success. One newer school of thought from many healthcare professionals is the importance of the neck. Many vertigo cases come on after some sort of blunt force trauma to the head and/or neck. Some data suggests that improper motion between the joints of the head and neck compromise the ability of the brain to control balance.
As a vertigo specialist, it is very common to trace cases back to an accident or injury. Using advanced methods as an upper cervical chiropractor, it is very important to analyze the head and neck. After a blow to the head and neck, spinal joints can become immobile, especially where the skull meets the spinal bones of the neck. When the joints become immobile, the brain does not receive the proper information of movement in space.
By performing a detailed examination, it is possible to locate the exact misalignment in the neck related to vertigo symptoms. A precise adjustment is then delivered unique to each case, allowing the brain, ear, and nerves to function normally. Clinical studies have shown that upper cervical chiropractic has helped vertigo patients with reducing and resolving dizziness.2
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- Friedman M, Hamid MA, Samy HM. Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance.. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2149881-overview (accessed 26 February 2016).
- Burcon M. Cervical Specific Protocol and Results for 300 Meniere’s Patients, 6th International Symposium on Meniere’s Disease. Nov 2010.