It may be surprising to learn that children also suffer from vertigo. The facts are that upwards of 5% of those under the age of 17 in America have episodes of dizziness or balance problems. This is just a little more common in girls (5.7%) than boys (5%). What causes this spinning sensation?
- Ear infections
- Malformation of the ear
- Injuries to the head or neck
- Neurological problems
Physicians generally recommend prescription medicine or physical therapy. Neither of these actually address the underlying cause.
Misalignments in the Neck – At the Root of Vertigo
The spine has the responsibility of protecting the delicate spinal cord. The spinal cord relays messages to the brain and body. If the atlas or axis (the top two bones of the neck) become misaligned, they can create pressure at the base of the neck. This hinders communication in the body and may cause vertigo.
Dr. Erin Elster studied 60 vertigo patients who all had misalignments in their upper neck. After receiving corrections to the atlas bone, 48 of them reported that their vertigo had gone away completely. The rest of the participants reported seeing a significant decrease in the intensity and occurrence of their vertigo over a period of 6 months of care.
Here at Balanced Living in Vancouver, Washington, we use a gentle method that involves a low force correction to a specific area of the neck. This helps the bones of the neck to realign themselves in a more natural manner than forcing them by popping or twisting. Once this is done, the body can begin to heal. This means that communication is restored and the body can function at a better level. Proper blood flow is also restored to the brain. This may result in vertigo symptoms decreasing or even going away entirely.
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