In February of 2017, the NY Times had an article about dizziness stating the best way to get help for this condition is to be specific when describing it to medical doctors. The problem lies in the fact that dizziness can accompany many different disorders. It is a symptom of something else, not a disease itself. If patients can give detailed descriptions about how they felt during the episode, they may be able to get better care.
Characteristically, those reporting an episode of dizziness experience one or more of the following:
- A floating, tilting, or spacey sensation
- Feeling lightheaded without a sense of movement
- Feeling as if one is going to pass out
- Vertigo – as if the person or his surroundings are spinning
- Blurry vision upon moving the head
- Feeling off-balance or unsteady
Therefore, if one tells his doctor simply that he is dizzy, he may not get the right care for his condition. Since dizziness is so common, causing 3.9 million people in one recent year to visit the ER, an accurate description and diagnosis are vital. It has been seen that some episodes of dizziness can be linked to a problem in the upper neck bones.
Dizziness Related to Improper Spinal Alignment
There is a very high probability that dizziness may be connected to head trauma. This could be due to a vehicle accident, a trip and fall, a sporting injury, or another trauma that affected the head or neck. The C1 and C2 vertebrae are susceptible to becoming misaligned because of their range of motion. They normally have the job of protecting the brainstem. However, if they have moved out of place, they can put undue pressure on the brainstem, leading to communication problems between the brain and body. This is often the underlying cause of dizziness.
Upper cervical chiropractors use a gentle technique to encourage these bones to move back into their original position. Once this is done, communication can be restored. This is often all that is needed to see a decrease in the intensity of dizziness or an elimination of it completely.