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.
The Role of the Neck in Cerebrospinal Fluid Drainage
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.
How the Neck Affects the Ears
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.
Upper Cervical Care for Vertigo
If you are experiencing vertigo, especially if you have experienced head or neck trauma in the past, upper cervical chiropractic may be able to provide the relief you have been looking for. 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.