Vertigo is a very common condition that affects as much as 40% of the population over the age of 40. Research has recently provided insight into the underlying cause of vertigo. In fact, injuries to the head or neck are the most likely contributing factor to vertigo-related conditions such as Meniere’s disease.
Additional research has to do with cerebrospinal fluid—the liquid that protects the brain from striking the inside of the skull. An upright MRI was able to show that when the C1 and C2 are misaligned, it can prevent the proper drainage of this fluid. As a result, fluid can build up in the cranium and increase pressure. This can cause vertigo and many other symptoms.
The other major factor is the Eustachian tubes. This is a vital part of the vestibular system which helps with balance and orientation. A neck injury can cause a lesion to form on this tube over the course of a decade or more. As a result, 15-year-old injuries may be the cause of vertigo and other symptoms, but this is often missed by practitioners who view those old injuries as having little to no bearing on present health.
If you are experiencing vertigo, upper cervical chiropractic may be able to provide the relief you have been looking for. It can benefit everyone, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, In one study involving 60 vertigo patients with a history of trauma, 48 of the patients experienced complete relief from their symptoms, and the other 12 saw significant improvement.
Studies like this one show the connection between vertigo and the proper alignment of the upper cervical spine. Upper cervical doctors utilize a specialized technique, an extremely gentle upper cervical method, to detect and correct misalignments that can lead to vertigo and other conditions.
The content and materials provided in this web site are for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to supplement or comprise a medical diagnosis or other professional opinion, or to be used in lieu of a consultation with a physician or competent health care professional for medical diagnosis and/or treatment. All content and materials including research papers, case studies and testimonials summarizing patients' responses to care are intended for educational purposes only and do not imply a guarantee of benefit. Individual results may vary, depending upon several factors including age of the patient, severity of the condition, severity of the spinal injury, and duration of time the condition has been present.