Recent research has helped to solidify the link between the proper function of the vertebral arteries and vertigo. The researchers specifically focused on a rare condition called loop formation, where small loops form in the vertebral arteries, thereby restricting blood flow. When a cross-section of vertigo patients was studied, this condition seemed to be more common.
What else can cause kinks in the vertebral arteries leading to reduced blood flow? Does this greater understanding of the conditions that lead up to vertigo provide any glimpses into a natural way to find relief? Read on to learn more.
What Can Reduce Vertebral Blood Flow and Lead to Vertigo?
The upper cervical vertebrae play a major role in facilitating blood flow to the brain. If the top bones of the spine, the C1 and C2 in particular, are out of alignment, the result can be reduced blood flow. Vertigo is not the only possible condition caused by this scenario. Migraines are also common when these circumstances exist. This explains why it is so common for a person to have both vertigo and migraines rather than just one or the other.
Improving Vertebral Blood Flow to Reduce Vertigo
One possible way to restore vertebral blood flow is to ensure that the top bones of the spine are in proper alignment. This calls for seeing an upper cervical chiropractor. We specialize in getting precise measurements of upper cervical subluxations and correcting these with an extremely gentle method that does not involve popping or twisting the back or neck.
Many patients find that once the C1 and C2 are aligned properly, vertigo becomes less severe or may even go away entirely. What can cause these misalignments? Anything from a car accident to a slip and fall may be the origin of a subluxation of the upper cervical spine. Thus, it is important to see an upper cervical chiropractor, even if your head or neck trauma was several years ago and didn’t seem serious at the time. To learn more, schedule a consult with a practitioner in your area.
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