Vertigo is the feeling that the person or the things around him are spinning when, in fact, there is no movement at all. When the problem is related to head position, this is known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Episodes of BPPV can be short-lived and insignificant, or they can be extremely distressing causing horrible dizziness or anywhere between the two extremes. The following are typical symptoms of vertigo:
- Blurry vision
- Feeling lightheaded
- Nausea with possible vomiting
- Feeling unsteady
- Losing balance easily
- Spinning sensations
Although it is hard to predict what may trigger an episode of vertigo from one person to another, it generally happens when the head is moved. This has to do with the vestibular system. This is a system of the body that regulates balance and orientation. It is partially compromised of the inner ear and its canals that are filled with fluid. If the vestibular system is malfunctioning for any reason, the brain does not get the proper signals about where the body is located in its environment. This can lead to vertigo.
Doctors only find a reason for vertigo in about 50% of the cases. A common link is seen with head or neck trauma and the occurrence of vertigo.
Vertigo Alleviated by Upper Cervical Chiropractic
The bones of the upper neck vertebrae are responsible for protecting the brainstem. The brainstem is vital to the body’s balancing structure. Therefore, it is extremely important for the brainstem not to be hindered. However, a misalignment of the bones of the neck, particularly the C1 and C2, can cause all kinds of problems in the body. Upper cervical chiropractors, such as myself, have been trained to find these misalignments, and we work to correct them through a gentle, precise adjustment.
A study done in 2006 included 60 people who complained of suffering from vertigo. They all received upper cervical chiropractic care, and each one of them reported seeing their vertigo either improve or go away completely. Amazingly, one person in the study had been dealing with vertigo for 37 years. That person reported being totally symptom-free after only one month of care.
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