understanding-vertigo-and-why-it-occursVertigo is a very disabling condition. You usually have to lie down until it passes. It is known for a spinning sensation. You might feel as if you or the environment around you is spinning, tilting, swaying, or off balance. If you suffer from vertigo, your main concern is finding a way to make it stop. It can cause you to experience anxiety when it occurs. Sometimes, vertigo comes about because of a change in the position of your head. It is often accompanied by other symptoms:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Abnormal headaches
  • Changes in hearing

The Upper Cervical Spine and Vertigo

The cervical spine is made up of the top 7 vertebrae. The C1, or atlas bone, is located at the very top where the skull and the spine meet. This bone has a unique ring shape that provides protection for the brainstem along with the C2, or axis bone. These bones are what allow the head the wide range of motion it requires to move in all different directions and angles.

The brainstem has the vital job of relaying information to the brain about what is happening in the body. If these signals are interfered with, all sorts of health problems can occur. The brain then becomes confused, and vertigo can be the end result. This can be caused by a misalignment of either the C1 or the C2 vertebra.

Finding Help for Vertigo

Research is beginning to reveal an interesting link between the position of the C1 bone and the onset of vertigo. A study conducted of 60 vertigo patients revealed some interesting facts:

  • Out of the 60 patients, 56 had a previous injury to their head or neck
  • Upon examination, all 60 were found to have a misalignment of their atlas
  • After receiving upper cervical chiropractic care, all of the 60 participants saw either vast improvement or complete remission of their symptoms

Here at Balanced Living in Vancouver, Washington, we gently encourage the atlas and axis to move back into their original position without the use of force. This restores communication and often brings about the relief of vertigo.


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