Vertigo is a false sensation of movement, often felt as a spinning sensation. It can lead to nausea and vomiting. A sudden bout could even cause a dangerous fall. If you are living with this condition and are begining to feel discouraged due to its chronic nature, do not give into despair. Today, we are going to discuss a potential underlying factor when it comes to vertigo, particularly vertigo that is caused by vestibular migraines. Then we will take a closer look at a way that hundreds of case study patients have been able to find complete resolution and get their life back from vertigo.
Vestibular Migraines – Why Vertigo Appears as a Migraine Symptom
According to some estimates, up to 40% of migraineurs experience vestibular symptoms such as vertigo. Why are these issues linked? It may have to do with a common problem that can be the basis for both a throbbing headache as well as dizziness – an atlas subluxation. How do misalignments of the upper cervical spine affect the body’s balance system as well as the central nervous system (CNS)? Here are several ways:
- Eustachian tube function – When the atlas becomes misaligned, it can affect the function of the eustachian tubes which draw excess fluid away from the inner ear. As a result, this fluid may build up. When there is too much fluid (endolymph) in the ears, vertigo is just one possible symptom.
- Reduced Brainstem function – The C1 (atlas) surrounds the brainstem and defends it from accidental damage. However, even a minor misalignment can cause the atlas to apply pressure to the brainstem. This, in turn, can inhibit the proper functioning of this key component in the central nervous system.
- Reduced blood flow – The cervical spine facilitates blood flow to the brain by means of the vertebral foramen, tiny loops of bone that provide safe passage for the arteries that take blood to the head and supply the necessary oxygen. When the cervical vertebrae become misaligned, this can kink the supply lines, so to speak, thereby reducing how much oxygen the brain receives. Therefore, it can lead to both migraines and vertigo.
- Increased intracranial pressure – Another common factor in regards to vestibular migraines is intracranial pressure. When the upper cervical spine is out of alignment, it can affect how cerebrospinal fluid drains. Thus, pooling can occur and increase pressure.
If any of these issues are taking place in the body, correcting the underlying problem can help both vertigo as well as migraines. But how can you know if you have an atlas subluxation, and who is qualified to correct this specific type of misalignment?
What Does an Upper Cervical Chiropractor Do?
We would like to introduce you to a niche in the chiropractic field called upper cervical. What does an upper cervical chiropractor do? This form of chiropractic care is focused on the top two bones in the neck, the atlas and axis. Precise and gentle adjustments are used to correct misalignments of this vital part of the spine. How does the process work?
First, a thorough patient history is taken. A big part of the reason for this is to identify possible causes of an atlas misalignment. Since the atlas and axis are specially shaped to provide about 50% of the head’s range of motion, they are also very subject to misalignment. This can occur in a minor car accident, a sports injury, during an assault, when a person slips and falls, through overuse or normal wear and tear, and any other number of ways. Most head and neck injuries can lead to an atlas misalignment.
A physical examination is also in order. One thing the practitioner may do is a supine leg check. This measures the length of your legs against each other. When an atlas misalignment exists, it throws of the shoulders, followed by the hips. This leads to a difference in leg lengths, so it’s a simple way to see if your atlas is properly aligned.
Diagnostic imaging also plays a key role in upper cervical care. X-rays, thermography, and other modern imaging techniques are used to pinpoint misalignments down to hundredths of a degree. This allows the practitioner to develop an adjustment that is unique to you. It also means the adjustments are very gentle and long-lasting.
If you are worried that all of this is starting to sound expensive, keep in mind that following ways that upper cervical chiropractic care can actually be a wallet saver:
- As-needed care – Adjustments are only provided when the atlas is out of alignment, so you don’t need to come in for a weekly adjustment if your previous ones have held longer. Fewer adjustment means less expense.
- Long-lasting care – Since the adjustments hold longer, your body has the time it needs to heal. Maintenance visits can be set at your own schedule, just to keep checking the atlas so healing and relief can continue.
If you or a loved one is suffering from vertigo, especially if the vertigo is connected with migraines, then upper cervical chiropractic care may be just what you have been searching for. We hope this article has encouraged you to use to search feature on this site to find a practitioner in your area. Schedule a consultation to get on the path to natural health and well-being. You may even find that finally receive freedom from vertigo once and for all!
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