Have you felt the sensation that either you are spinning out of control, or the outside world around you is spinning? If you suffer from vertigo, you likely know this feeling all too well. Vertigo is often caused by a problem with the inner ear, from buildup of tiny calcium particles to inflammation to more severe causes such as problems with the brain. Sometimes vertigo isn’t just the spinning, swaying, tilting, orloss of balance. Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:
- Nausea (or vomiting in more extreme cases)
- Hearing loss or ringing in the ears
- Abnormal eye movements, called nystagmus
These symptoms may only last a few minutes or can drag on for hours or more. The common treatment approaches to vertigo vary according to the particular cause of vertigo, but they usually have one thing in common – ridding the sufferer of symptoms. While this may be a good short-term option for relief, many vertigo sufferers are looking for a longer lasting solution.
Vertigo and the Upper Neck
It has been long acknowledged that vertigo can arise from an injury to the head or neck. In fact, it’s quite common that vertigo sufferers find their way to our practice following some type of injury or accident. The atlas vertebra, which sits just beneath the skull in the upper neck, can easily misalign even in an accident that may seem minor or mild. When this happens, the atlas can place abnormal stresses on the delicate nerves that carry signals between the brain and body concerning body position and balance. An interruption in this normal signaling system can lead to the many symptoms of vertigo.
At Providence Chiropractic, we are trained in NUCCA, which is an extremely precise and gentle method of atlas correction. When a patient experiencing vertigo comes to our practice, we do a thorough assessment to determine if an atlas misalignment may be the root cause of vertigo. Once atlas alignment is restored to normal, the nervous system is allowed to return to its normal operating state, giving the signals traveling between brain and body the opportunity to be received properly. This can lead to a long lasting, natural reduction in the severity and frequency of your vertigo attacks.
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