Many patients who find themselves struggling with chronic vertigo issues begin to feel hopeless. If you are sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, this is the article for you. We’re going to look at some of the basics about vertigo that help to reveal a potential underlying cause. Then we will discuss a natural way to relieve that underlying issue. There are literally hundreds of case studies involving individuals like yourself finally discovering relief, so don’t give up hope!
What Is Vertigo and Why Is It So Common?
If you just received a diagnosis of vertigo-related condition such as BPPV, Meniere’s or even vestibular migraines, you need to learn everything you can about this symptom. Vertigo, in short, is a false sensation of movement. This can either be due to an issue in the ear (peripheral vertigo) or in the central nervous system (central vertigo). Either way, the real underlying problem may be found in the neck.
This helps to explain why vertigo is so common in modern society. First of all, many people had suffered a car accident, a slip and fall, and injury from playing sports. Second, everyone is using technology, from working in offices to checking a smartphone dozens of times per day. It is no wonder so many people are walking around with a cervical subluxation and don’t even know about it.
What Other Symptoms Accompany Vertigo?
Since vertigo is so common, doctors often use the other symptoms a patient has to determine which condition or disease the vertigo is a symptom of. Here are a few examples:
- Meniere’s disease – If a hearing test reveals some hearing loss and you are also experiencing tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and a feeling of fullness in the affected ear, then Meniere’s could be a potential underlying condition.
- Migraines – Vestibular migraines often have many of the common migraine symptoms such a pulsing or throbbing headache, sensory sensitivities, and nausea. Neck pain is also a very common migraine symptom.
- Positional vertigo – While you may not have any additional symptoms with positional vertigo, severe bouts can lead to nausea and vomiting or even falls. The main symptom is that vertigo attacks occur due to head movements.
These are just a few examples of other symptoms you may experience that can help to identify certain vertigo causing diseases and conditions.
How the Neck Is Related to It
As we mentioned earlier, head and neck trauma can lead to many cases of vertigo. How can a misalignment of the neck affect both the ears as well as the central nervous system? Here are a few things that can result if a person experiences even a slight C1 (atlas) subluxation.
- Decreased blood flow to the brain – Since the brain is in charge of interpreting all of the body’s signals regarding balance and spatial orientation, your CNS has to be in good working order to reduce or eliminate vertigo. However, an atlas misalignment can affect the free flow of oxygen-rich blood to the head.
- Inhibited brainstem function – The brainstem is surrounded by the atlas. It serves as a protection for the vital area where the brainstem meets up with the spinal cord. Just about all communication in the body has to pass through this point. If the atlas is just slightly out of place, it can go from being a defender of the brainstem to putting pressure on this vital CNS component.
- Eustachian tube lesions – In one study involving 300 Meniere’s patients, an upper cervical chiropractor observed that atlas misalignments could gradually cause a lesion to form on the eustachian tubes. Since these tubes carry excess fluid away from the ears, the effect of the atlas misalignment can cause fluid buildup in the labyrinth, leading to vertigo and other symptoms.
Clearly, the atlas needs to be in place if you are suffering from vertigo. So how can you get the care you need and finally find the natural relief you have been searching for? We’d like to introduce you to the many benefits of upper cervical chiropractic care.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Offers Help for Vertigo Sufferers
Upper cervical chiropractic is a safe and gentle subspecialty of chiropractic care. It offers precise, low force adjustments that are tailored to each patient’s needs. If vertigo is due to atlas misalignments, the correction should reduce the severity and frequency of attacks. Since the adjustment are designed to be long-lasting, your body has the chance it needs to heal. This also means that long-term results can be attained, perhaps even complete resolution of the vertigo disease.
While vertigo may seem to be a frustrating and chronic condition that you just can’t shake, there’s no reason to give up hope when you haven’t tried every option yet. We hope you join those who finally get the relief they have been searching for through this frequently overlooked subspecialty of chiropractic care.
If you are suffering from vertigo, especially if you have a history of any type of head or neck trauma, we encourage you to seek out the support of an upper cervical chiropractor near you. You can find a doctor using the search feature on this site. Your no-obligation consultation may be the first step to complete victory over vertigo.