Do you ever move your head quickly and have sudden feelings of nausea and dizziness? If you do you may have the condition known as vertigo. Vertigo affects what is known as the inner ear which is responsible for sending signals to the brain for balance and coordination. The symptoms may be as mild as dizziness or as extreme as nausea, often coupled with vomiting and ringing of the ears.
Vertigo is a challenging condition for not only patients but also healthcare providers. The exact cause is not known, but research has shown that in most cases vertigo comes on after some sort of trauma to the head and/or neck. It is noted that after a trauma, symptoms may not appear for weeks or months following the occurrence.
Vertigo affects somewhere between 5-10% of the population, and is as prevalent as 40% for those over the age of 40. Doctors are learning that vertigo may be just one symptom of larger health conditions, recently there is data showing vertigo having some relation to Multiple Sclerosis. The reason this is important is because balance is controlled by the brain and nervous system. If there is something affecting the brain it will affect many different systems in the body. The challenge is being able to properly recognize and treat these conditions.
Straightening Out the Problem
All too often, doctors have their heads spinning with their vertigo patients and the various treatment options. As a vertigo specialist, many people find their way to me looking for natural treatment options after others have failed. I am an upper cervical chiropractor who focuses on the first bone in the neck known as the atlas bone (C1 vertebra). When the atlas is out of its proper alignment it affects how the brain and nervous system communicate to the entire body, especially in regards to balance. If the atlas is out of its normal position the brain has to compensate to keep the head level on the horizon which is how it orients itself in space.
Clinical research with upper cervical chiropractic has shown that patients with vertigo have experienced relief in as little as one specific adjustment to the atlas bone. When the proper position of the atlas is restored the brain can properly integrate the information needed to maintain balance.
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