Vertigo and Nystagmus: Two Sides of the Same Coin

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Have you ever felt like the world around you is spinning, and no matter how hard you try to focus, everything seems to blur and shake? This disorienting sensation is called vertigo, and it affects millions of people worldwide. Now, on top of spinning sensations, do you also happen to experience a rhythmic, involuntary movement of the eyes that can make it even harder to see and feel balanced? If you do, then you likely also experience nystagmus. 

Anyone experiencing both troubling symptoms would find it incredibly difficult to cope especially during a busy day. But the question is, why do these two symptoms occur together? Is it possible to get rid of both issues by correcting an atlas subluxation? Learn more about these in our discussion.


The Relationship between Vertigo and Nystagmus

The connection between vertigo and nystagmus is a complex one that has been the subject of extensive research. While both conditions can cause a feeling of dizziness, there are significant differences in their symptoms. Vertigo is characterized by a spinning or whirling sensation, often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and loss of balance. In contrast, nystagmus is an involuntary rhythmic movement of the eyes that can result in blurred or double vision.

The vestibular system, located in the inner ear, plays a big role in maintaining balance and orientation. It communicates with the eyes to help you perceive changes in your head position and movement. When there is a disruption in the communication between the vestibular system and the eyes, such as in the case of an infection, inflammation, or injury, it can lead to vertigo. The brain receives conflicting signals from the eyes and vestibular system, resulting in dizziness and a loss of balance. 

With that, nystagmus can exacerbate the feeling of vertigo, as involuntary eye movements can make it more difficult to focus and maintain balance. In some cases, nystagmus can be an indication of a more severe underlying condition, such as a tumor or neurological disorder. And while vertigo and nystagmus share some similarities in terms of dizziness and disorientation, they are distinct conditions with different symptoms and causes. Understanding the connection between the vestibular system and the eyes can help you better understand these conditions and develop more effective methods of addressing them.


Atlas Subluxation: A Subtle But Significant Trigger of Vertigo and Nystagmus

Atlas bone subluxation refers to the misalignment of the first vertebra in the spine. As you might already know, the atlas plays a critical role in supporting the head and protecting the spinal cord. When it is not in alignment, it can increase risks for nerve irritation and compression, disrupting the communication of signals between your brain and the rest of your whole body. 

One of the potential impacts of neck bone misalignments is on the vestibular system, which can lead to vertigo and nystagmus. The atlas houses the vertebral artery, which supplies blood to the brainstem and cerebellum - these two structures are crucial for maintaining balance and coordination. Naturally, when there’s misalignment in the neck, blood flow gets interrupted, heightening your risks for a variety of symptoms and conditions. 

To undo or cancel out all of these adverse effects to your body, you might want to consult with an Upper Cervical Chiropractic physician. This way, you can receive atlas and axis bone adjustments that can help restore balance in affected body systems.

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Vertigo and Nystagmus Relief

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is a very particular form of chiropractic care that focuses on correcting misalignments of the upper neck, including atlas subluxation. By addressing this specific area, Upper Cervical Chiropractic can directly target the root cause of vertigo and nystagmus. Many practice members have reported significant relief of their symptoms after undergoing the adjustments.

If you are experiencing vertigo or nystagmus, we encourage you to seek out a qualified Upper Cervical Chiropractor in your area. A skilled practitioner can help you identify any underlying atlas subluxation and develop a personalized treatment plan to address it. Don't suffer in silence – book an appointment today and take the first step towards reclaiming your quality of life.


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