Dizziness occurs for many people, especially those who are middle-aged or older. In fact, about 40% of people over 40 will experience vertigo or other forms of dizziness. However, a recent study revealed that there is a reason to be concerned if one experiences sudden dizziness when standing up.
This is a well-known cause of dizziness. When a person stands, blood pressure may suddenly drop. The result is a dizzy spell. Unfortunately, the ultimate result can be less blood reaching all the way to the brain during such an episode. Researchers posit that this can lead to long-term damage to the brain and eventually dementia.
The study involved observing over 11,500 people over the course of more than two decades.
The Link Between Dizziness and Blood Flow to the Brain
It is not uncommon for a person to become dizzy if not enough blood flow is reaching the head. However, blood pressure is not the only factor that affects the brain’s blood supply. The vertebral arteries are responsible for providing this blood supply. Thus, the alignment of the upper cervical vertebrae is vital to facilitating the flow of blood to the head.
When the C1 and C2 are misaligned, this proper blood flow may be affected. Therefore, correcting these misalignments is vital to ensure that proper blood flow to the brain remains constant. If the study noted above is accurate, this may also play a vital role in maintaining proper brain function later in life, so don’t ignore those occasional dizzy spells during your middle years.
To learn more about how upper cervical chiropractic care can help with dizziness, contact a practitioner near you to schedule a consultation. You may find, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, that a gentle adjustment can set you on the path to better overall health.