Vertigo has made the news once again, this time for placing Brock Holt of the Boston Red Sox on the disabled list. He played in only 6 of the first 16 games of the season and put up poor numbers that were very unlike his usual performance. It turns out that vertigo-like symptoms were making it tough for him to track the ball as it was hurtling toward the plate at nearly 100 mph, something that most people couldn’t do even on their best day.
Vertigo is a fairly common condition. In fact, the Red Sox lost an outfield for a number of games during the 2010 season due to vertigo as well. Besides just making it difficult to play sports, a chronic case can affect just about any career and even make chores around the house tough to manage. Is there a natural way to try and get relief from vertigo?
A Frequently Overlooked Cause of Vertigo
One potential cause of vertigo that most doctors don’t look for is a misalignment of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. The upper cervical spine not only is in close proximity to the brainstem and vertebral arteries, but it also is near the ears. As a result, misalignments in this vital area of the body can sometimes lead to problems in the ear or on the part of the central nervous system that interprets information the ears send on balance and location. Either way, vertigo may occur.
Helping Vertigo Patients Recover
A number of case studies have looked at the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic for vertigo patients. This specific type of chiropractic focuses on the C1 and C2 vertebrae and gentle adjustments that can relieve the problems noted above. In one study involving 60 vertigo patients, 80% were vertigo-free after care. The other 20% all saw significant improvement.
If you are suffering from vertigo, especially if you have a head or neck trauma somewhere in your history, upper cervical chiropractic may be able to provide similar results for you. Contact a practice in your area to schedule a consultation.