What Is Central Vertigo and How to Correct It

All about Central Vertigo and Cure

Vertigo is the feeling that the room is spinning or moving when no actual movement is taking place. It can also feel like motion sickness. The difference between central and peripheral vertigo is that central vertigo finds its cause in the central nervous system – usually the brainstem. Peripheral vertigo is related to the ear and vestibular nerve.

Potential Causes of Central Vertigo

Again, most cases relate back to the brainstem and something causing it to malfunction. It could be anything from an upper cervical misalignment that is placing pressure on the brainstem to a lack of cerebral blood flow.

Multiple sclerosis is another possible cause of central vertigo. This is because the disease causes the demyelination of the nerves. This creates scar tissue and affects numerous bodily functions. Vertigo is just one of the many symptoms.

One very serious potential cause of central vertigo is a stroke. If you are experiencing other symptoms of stroke along with vertigo, seek emergency medical attention.

Most causes of central vertigo, however, are not life-threatening. In fact, many can be helped by a natural form of care called upper cervical chiropractic.  

Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo

This is a subspecialty of chiropractic that specifically deals with the atlas (C1 vertebra), which houses the brainstem. If a subluxation exists here, it can affect brainstem function, potentially restrict blood flow, and result in severe or chronic cases of vertigo. How does upper cervical chiropractic differ from general chiropractic?

  • Extremely gentle – Some patients wonder at first if any adjustment is actually taking place because the adjustments utilize a low force. The proof, though, is in the results.
  • Precise – Upper cervical chiropractors are trained to use diagnostic technology to find the exact degree of misalignment. A precise adjustment should last longer and offer greater benefits.
  • Affordable – Once the atlas alignment is holding, you can schedule visits further apart just to perform occasional maintenance. There shouldn’t be a need for weekly visits once the atlas begins holding in place longer.

To learn more about the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic, contact a practitioner in your local area and schedule an appointment.


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