Vertigo, a false sensation of movement often described as spinning, is a common condition that affects 1 in 3 people over the age of 40. It can sometimes be accompanied by nausea and vomiting when a case is severe. It can also be responsible for falls when a severe attack comes on suddenly while one is standing.
While vertigo itself is not considered dangerous, it may indicate a more dangerous underlying condition such as a heart attack. If such a situation arises, emergency care should be sought immediately.
Otherwise, vertigo care is usually medication based, although some doctors have come up with head maneuvers to reset the body’s mechanism for locating itself in space. These head positions may help calm down an attack. However, if the underlying cause is not addressed, vertigo may continue to recur.
Dealing with the Underlying Cause of Vertigo
When the cause of vertigo is a problem with the neck, the condition is called cervicogenic vertigo. When the underlying cause cannot be identified, it is usually just diagnosed as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. However, many of these cases may be related to the neck as well.
This is because the upper cervical spine plays a role in how the brainstem functions. As a result, messages from the vestibular nerve may be misinterpreted. A misalignment may also affect Eustachian tube function, which can lead to vertigo.
As a result, many vertigo patients find that upper cervical chiropractic helps to relieve symptoms. In fact, in one case study involving 60 patients, 48 experienced complete vertigo relief after just a couple of adjustments. The rest of the patients all saw a significant decrease in vertigo severity.
Another thing the patients in that study all had in common was a history of either head or neck trauma. Therefore, it makes sense for a person experiencing vertigo, especially someone who has endured a trauma such as whiplash, to see an upper cervical chiropractor.