Vertigo is the sensation that you or the things in your environment are spinning. It is the false sense of movement. It is caused by a problem in the vestibular system. It is actually a symptom rather than a condition. Some of the following conditions have vertigo as a major symptom:
- Meniere’s disease: This condition is known for, in addition to vertigo, a feeling of fullness in the ears, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and hearing loss.
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV): The most common reason for vertigo, BPPV occurs when you move your head a particular way or roll over in bed.
- Labyrinthitis: If the inner ear becomes inflamed due to an infection, vertigo can ensue. The ear may become filled with fluid, and the inflammation does not allow it to drain properly. Vertigo should go away once the infection is cleared up.
Why Vertigo Happens
A misalignment of the upper cervical spine, the C1 (atlas) or C2 (axis) vertebra, has been seen to be connected to the onset of vertigo. Misalignments of this type happen quite often and can be due to vehicle accidents, trips and falls, sports-related injuries, and similar head or neck trauma. The eustachian tube is negatively impacted by this kind of misalignment, and since it is responsible for helping the ear drain fluid properly, this can cause vertigo. Blood flow to the brain can also be hindered by a misaligned bone in the neck. A tiny misalignment of only ¼ of a millimeter can be responsible for all of the above conditions.
As upper cervical chiropractors, we have been specially trained to find the location of these small misalignments. Once we have determined where they are, we use a gentle, low-impact method to help the bones realign. We do not have to resort to popping the neck or cracking the back to get results. It often only takes a few adjustments to help stabilize the bones of the neck. The end result is often an improvement in vertigo. Some patients see it go away entirely.
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