If you have endured an injury to your head or neck – such as whiplash, a sporting injury, or even a trip and fall – you can expect to see problems increase as you age, especially if it was not properly cared for. You may begin to develop such things as vertigo – a sensation that you or the things around you are spinning. Why does this occur?
Even a minor injury can cause the top bone of the neck – the atlas vertebra – to misalign. The shape and location of the top spinal bones make them susceptible to moving out of place. The end results may not show themselves for many years after the initial trauma. Therefore, it is important to look for certain symptoms to indicate you may be experiencing a problem, such as vertigo or migraines. If you feel you have suffered a trauma that may be causing you a problem, it is a good idea to seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor.
How Vertigo Happens
The brainstem is the communication highway between the brain and the body. A misalignment in the atlas bone puts undue pressure on the brainstem. This hinders the brain from receiving the proper signals about where the body is located in its environment, causing vertigo.
Another interesting thing happens within the body when there is a misalignment. It is called righting reflex, and it is the thing that keeps the eyes level with the horizon line. In order to do this, the body may need to shift and adjust the spine, adding additional pressure to the brainstem and stress on the nervous system. The way to care for this is to correct the misalignment as soon as possible.
Here at our McKinney, Texas office, we use a gentle, scientific method to help the bones move back into place. It is done after using modern imaging and detailed measurements. Then the specific area of the neck where the misalignment exists is targeted, and we are not required to pop or crack the bones of the neck. Rather, they move back into place naturally, leading to a restoration of communication in the body. This is often all that is needed to see an improvement in or elimination of vertigo.
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