Vertigo is characterized by a sensation that you or the environment around you is spinning when there actually is no movement. Some people must sit or lie down until the spinning stops, causing them to miss out on a number of social and daily activities. There can be a number of different reasons vertigo occurs. Most of them are associated with the parts of the body which have the responsibility to regulate balance. These include:
- The inner ear
- The eyes
- The brainstem
Each of these has a vital function involving sending signals to the brain about where the body is located. If for some reason they become damaged or malfunction and begin sending improper signals, vertigo can be the end result. This can be very scary as it often hits you out of the blue without warning.
How the Spine Plays a Role in Vertigo
An interesting study performed by Dr. Erin Elster sheds some light on one reason vertigo may occur. There were 60 patients who were suffering from vertigo involved in the study. Testing was done and it was found that all 60 had a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck, particularly the C1 and C2 vertebrae. They were given an upper cervical chiropractic adjustment and all 60 reported seeing improvement in their symptoms. In fact, 48 of them reported that their vertigo went away completely!
Why does this type of care work? When the C1 and C2 vertebrae move out of place, they put stress on the brainstem. This, in turn, causes the brainstem to send improper signals about where the body is located in its environment and may be the underlying reason for vertigo.
Here at Scenic City Clinic of Chiropractic, we use a gentle method based on scientific measurements and precise adjustments tailored to each patient. We do not have to resort to popping or cracking the spine to get positive results. Our vertigo patients report similar results to those in the above-mentioned study.
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