Vertigo – Can It Be Caused by Teeth Grinding?

Does teeth grinding causes vertigo?

Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding, and patients who suffer from this condition commonly also deal with headaches, earaches, and vertigo (a false sense of motion, such as the room spinning). How are these symptoms and conditions related? Is there anything that can help provide natural relief? Read on to learn about the causes and proper care of vertigo.

Stress – The Number One Cause of Bruxism

Estimates are that about 70% of people who habitually grind their teeth do so due to stress. If bruxism is causing vertigo, that means that stress relief can be a key element in relieving both. Here are a few ways to combat stress.

  • Take time for yourself – In our hectic schedules, it is easy to forget to take time for ourselves. Whether it is a half hour a day to meditate on positive things or a few hours a week to spend on a relaxing hobby like painting or playing a musical instrument, it is important to schedule personal time.
  • Talk it out – Most people feel better after confiding stressful situations. Whether you choose a mate, a close friend, or a therapist is up to you. The key thing is finding someone who won’t judge you (that would only add to stress) and who provides a listening ear.
  • Exercise – From stretching to going for a daily walk, exercise is a great way to destress, and it doesn’t have to be that intense to provide results.

How Can Teeth Grinding and Anxiety Cause Vertigo?

If you struggle with anxiety or grind your teeth, you might be surprised to know those things could make you feel dizzy! It's all about your jaw and inner ear. Stress makes your jaw muscles tense up, which puts pressure on the joint connecting your jawbone to your skull. Get this – that joint is super close to your inner ear where your balance system lives. So if your jaw's messed up, it can throw your balance off and make you feel like the world is spinning.

Additionally, studies have found that anxiety and vertigo are related. Anxiety can increase the levels of your stress hormones, such as cortisol, which can impact your vestibular system and potentially disrupt its balance-maintaining function. In addition, a study examining individuals with anxiety disorders found that they were more likely to develop benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), the most common type of vertigo, compared to those without anxiety disorders.

Furthermore, anxiety can trigger sudden vertigo episodes, with specific situations or stimuli exacerbating symptoms. The stimulation of your vestibular system and the fear of experiencing vertigo all contribute to anxiety, creating a cycle of increased distress.

But you don't have to worry too much because there are effective approaches to address teeth grinding, anxiety and vertigo. You can explore different techniques and modalities for your anxiety, such as therapy, stress management, and relaxation exercises. These can help alleviate your anxiety symptoms, potentially reducing the frequency and intensity of vertigo episodes.

With proper support and care, it's possible to manage your anxiety and vertigo, leading to improved well-being and a better quality of life. You don't have to bear and face these challenges alone; there are healthcare professionals who can guide you to lasting relief and recovery.

Teeth Grinding, Vertigo, and Anxiety: Unraveling the Hidden Connection

Have you ever wondered if your teeth grinding, those spells of dizziness, and your anxiety might be related? It turns out, they could have a surprising link – a misalignment in your upper neck called an Atlas subluxation.

Your Neck and Balance: A Delicate Partnership

Your top two neck vertebrae, the atlas (C1) and axis (C2), are incredibly important. They form a protective cradle for your brainstem, a vital part of your central nervous system and the control center for balance and coordination. Even the slightest misalignment in these neck bones can disrupt signals traveling along the brainstem, potentially leading to vertigo symptoms.

How Teeth Grinding, Anxiety & Neck Issues Overlap

  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): The constant clenching and grinding associated with bruxism can put significant strain on your jaw joint. This joint (the TMJ) is located extremely close to the inner ear and upper neck. That strain can radiate, contributing to neck misalignments and affecting your inner ear's balance system.
  • Anxiety: Chronic stress and anxiety cause continuous muscle tension, including in your neck and jaw muscles. This tension can worsen or even trigger upper neck misalignments.
  • Atlas Subluxation: Whether caused by physical accidents, injuries, poor posture, or even stress, a misaligned upper neck can directly irritate the brainstem, scrambling those crucial balance signals and leading to vertigo attacks.

Upper Cervical Care: Offering Potential Relief

Upper Cervical Care is a specialized approach that focuses on the precise correction of misalignments in the upper neck. By gently realigning the atlas and axis, pressure on the brainstem may be relieved. This can restore proper nerve function and potentially bring an end to those debilitating vertigo episodes. If you're still not sure how Upper Cervical Care can help revitalize your health, we encourage you to read success stories that illustrate how the technique works and what you can expect after the care plan.

Case Study #1 – 52-year-old with Meniere's Improved His Symptoms With The Help of NUCCA

Are you familiar with Meniere's disease? According to the latest numbers, only 0.2 percent of the US population have Meniere's – a vestibular dysfunction caused by abnormal fluid build-up in the eustachian tubes. It usually causes vertigo attacks, tinnitus, and ear pain or congestion.

The patient featured in a 2012 case study suffered the same condition. In addition to the usual symptoms, he reported additional problems, including tension headaches and mid-back and shoulder pain. To cope, he decided to seek an upper cervical chiropractic doctor.

His first assessment revealed that he has a cervical subluxation, so his upper cervical doctor recommended getting a chiropractic atlas adjustment. Following the NUCCA technique, his neck chiropractor helped him ease his atlas and axis bones back into the neutral position. After five weeks of receiving NUCCA care, the patient reported 60 percent improvement and a significant decrease in tension headaches and back and shoulder pain.

Case Study #2 – A Woman With Type I Chiari Formation And Meniere's Disease Found Relief Through Upper Cervical Care

Type I Chiari formation is among the uncommon causes of vertigo attacks. It's so rare that it only affects up to 1000 individuals. Essentially, patients with a Chiari I formation have skull deformities, especially in the area that encases the cerebellum. This symptom can lead to problems, including dizziness, vertigo, unsteady gait, and recurring or chronic neck pain. Some patients also report sleeping difficulties because of obstructive sleep apnea.

In a 2021 case study, a 51-year-old female came to an upper cervical doctor for help. She got diagnosed with multiple health concerns, including Type I Chiari formation, Meniere's, TMJ disorder, and migraine concussion. After verifying that she has upper cervical bone misalignments, she opted to receive upper cervical care for two years.

Her decision paid off as she noted complete resolution of her vertigo attacks, less tinnitus and ear congestion, and improved sleep.

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Case Study #3 – 23-Year-Old Female With Concussion Symptoms Reported Relief After Receiving a Chiropractic Atlas Adjustment

Many studies regard concussions as the most commonly reported cause of spinning sensations and dizziness. This is mostly because a neck or head injury can impact the structural integrity of the cervical spine – the most vulnerable part of the vertebral column. When displaced, the upper cervical bones impinge on nearby tissues like the brainstem and prevent proper drainage of fluids in the inner ears.

Unfortunately, these postural changes contribute to the onset of vertigo attacks. The symptoms will persist until the postural imbalance gets addressed, such as in the case of a 23-year-old patient who sought upper cervical care in a 2016 case study.

Radiographic analysis of the patient revealed significant cervical subluxation due to her previous injury. So, her upper cervical care doctor recommended getting a chiropractic atlas adjustment. She happily obliged and received neck adjustments using the Atlas Orthogonal protocol. After receiving the adjustments, she reported vast improvements in her symptoms.

Case Study #4 – 60 Patients With Chronic Vertigo Experienced Long-term Relief After Their Cervical Spine Adjustments

A case study involving 60 patients with chronic vertigo found strong links between neck trauma, vertigo attacks, and upper cervical subluxation. In fact, out of the 60 study participants, 56 reported having a history of neck injury prior to the onset of their vertigo-causing condition. These patients' radiographic analysis and infrared imaging scans also revealed significant upper neck bone shifting.

Thankfully, after getting their atlas and axis bones adjusted, 12 of these patients experienced a minimal recurrence of their spinning sensations. Meanwhile, the rest of the study group reported complete resolution of their symptoms after receiving upper cervical care for one to six months.

Relieving Vertigo is Possible with Upper Cervical Care

Besides the case studies above, there is additional proof that upper cervical care helps patients with vertigo attacks. Thousands of patients also swear by the effectiveness of their chiropractic atlas adjustments in addressing ailments that trigger their unsteadiness or spinning sensations.

Its mechanism addresses postural imbalances between the upper cervical bones (C1 and C2). Besides controlling head movements, it also plays a pivotal role in proprioception. When you have neck bone misalignments, your vestibular and nervous systems have difficulty perceiving movements or changes in your head orientation. Additionally, postural misalignments can increase pressure on your vestibulocochlear nerve and other parts needed to maintain balance.

Thankfully, an upper cervical doctor can help you resolve bone misalignments. Once your chosen upper cervical chiropractic physician completes the initial diagnosis of your neck bones, you can begin receiving cervical spine manipulations.

Upper cervical care is the most gentle approach to addressing vertebral subluxation in the cervical spine. It works wonders for people, including expecting moms, school-aged children, and aging seniors. It also applies to people with degenerative disc disorders and postural problems like scoliosis.

If you have a history of neck injuries or have found minimal improvements after seeking other vertigo relief options, we suggest exploring upper cervical care. Visit an upper cervical chiropractic doctor today to learn more about your natural choice for vertigo relief.

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