Hundreds to thousands of patients seek atlas bone adjustments each month. And notably, a small fraction calls for help because of persistent postural perceptual dizziness (PPPD). Are you familiar with this condition? Do you know someone who has PPPD?
If PPPD sounds utterly foreign to you, you can get acquainted with it through our brief discussion below. Hopefully, after reading this blog post, you will better grasp PPPD and your best options to cope with the symptoms.
PPPD: A Quick Overview
PPPD is among the leading causes of non-spinning dizziness in middle-aged people. Most patients who have this condition notice worse symptoms when they move their heads or other body parts or get exposed to an environment with movement stimuli (concert halls, pubs, etc.). Some also experience their symptoms after looking or staring at a moving object.
How Do Doctors Diagnose PPPD?
Doctors primarily diagnose PPPD based on the duration of the symptoms and the possible underlying causes. That’s because there isn’t a standard diagnostic test or technique to detect PPPD.
Notably, PPPD distinguishes itself from other types of dizziness with its prolonged duration (up to three months) and the absence of an apparent origin or cause. It also comes with distinct triggers that mostly affect the vestibular organs.
What are the Common Triggers of PPPD?
Several case studies have found that PPPD often follows the onset of vestibular disorders. Additionally, some reported cases trace strong connections with traumatic brain injuries, vestibular disorders, migraines, and neurological conditions. Let’s take a closer look at these things below:
Some migraine attacks involve signs of vestibular dysfunction, such as vertigo attacks. Other episodes (about 25 percent) cause disorienting, dizzying spells. If you experience recurring attacks more than 15 times a month, you will likely develop PPPD.
According to conservative estimates, about 69 million Americans have vestibular disorders like Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuronitis, and BPPV. Unfortunately, a significant number of people in this group develop PPPD. This is because the constant exposure to movement stimuli causes the brain cells to become hypersensitive and susceptible to dizziness.
Recurring vertigo attacks and increased risks for PPPD can also stem from several neurological conditions. A few examples of these include Parkinson’s Disease, seizures, and multiple sclerosis.
Head and neck injuries like concussions and whiplash can lead to post-concussion syndrome. Unfortunately, this can also lead to the onset of PPPD because it can affect the cognitive and vestibular functions of the nervous system.
Besides post-concussion syndrome, a history of neck or head trauma can also lead to structural disparities in your cervical spine. This happens because the atlas and axis bones have unique shapes and designs. Unlike other vertebral bones, they also have increased flexibility. Because of these features, they become incredibly susceptible to subluxation or shifting.
Once the topmost neck bones move a few millimeters away from their intended position, they can compress nearby tissues, impede nervous system function, impact fluid drainage, and compromise your spinal alignment.
A Closer Look at Vertigo, Dizziness and Cervical Spine Subluxation
Most people aren’t aware of the dangers posed by cervical subluxation or postural imbalances. Because many would immediately assume that it only affects how the body looks when walking, running, or sitting. In truth, body posture can influence many things that comprise your health and wellbeing.
Let’s look at the common side effects of having misaligned atlas and axis bones to help you appreciate the value of getting an atlas bone adjustment.
Impaired Vestibular Function
The atlas or the bone underneath the skull also sits directly between your ears. This means even the slightest alignment changes, your atlas bone can impact some of your ear organs, such as the eustachian tubes.
If you remember from your biology classes, the eustachian tubes facilitate fluid drainage in the ears. So, naturally, if they fail to function correctly, you will have increased pressure buildup from the excess fluid. This can impair vital vestibular organs such as the vestibulocochlear nerve.
Poor Brainstem Function
Besides the eustachian tubes, misaligned neck bone can also compress or irritate the brainstem – an organ that transmits loads of information to and from the brain. When this happens, you will likely suffer from far-reaching health problems including
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Lack of motor control
- Vision problems
- Muscle tingling
Reduced Blood Flow to the Brain and Inner Ears
Atlas subluxation can also lead to poor blood flow to the brain and inner ear organs. When this happens, they fail to function correctly. They can also suffer from long-term damage, which can forever impede several functions like maintaining equilibrium and detecting head and body movements.
Get an Atlas Bone Adjustment to Lower Risks for PPPD
Experiencing constant bouts of dizziness because of previous vertigo-causing problems can be unpleasant.Thankfully, you can manage your risks better with the help of an atlas bone adjustment.
A precise and well-thought-out atlas bone adjustment will help you address signal interferences in your nervous and vestibular system, improve fluid drainage, and ensure ample flow of oxygen and nutrients. Additionally, it might come in handy in lowering your risks for PPPD.
Find out if upper cervical care applies to your situation and if you can use it to manage your PPPD symptoms better by talking to a neck chiropractor. Find a nearby upper cervical practice today!