What exactly is vertigo? Some feel it is related to the fear of heights, while others believe it is simply feeling light-headed. Maybe it is the feeling you get when you stand up too fast? None of these ideas are entirely accurate. Vertigo is a particular form of dizziness that causes a person to feel as if he or the things around him are spinning when there is actually no movement. This condition may be accompanied by:
- Visual disturbances
It can occur suddenly and may last for up to 4 hours and may be mild or severe. What creates the sensation of vertigo?
There are two theories about vertigo. The first one has to do with the tiny canals located within the inner ear. These canals have the job of sending signals to the brain about whether or not the body is moving and exactly where it is located in its environment. If improper messages are sent to the brain, vertigo can occur.
The next theory about vertigo is related to the brainstem and cerebellum working in conjunction with the brain and nervous system. These are all important systems that relay signals to the brain about the location of the body.
Both of these systems can be negatively impacted if the bones of the upper neck are misaligned. If either the C1 or C2 vertebra is out of place, it can place pressure on the brainstem causing it to function improperly. Communication to and from the brain and body can become distorted, and proper blood flow to the brain can be compromised.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Helps
By using a gentle, specific technique, the bones of the neck are gently encouraged to move back into alignment naturally. Once this is done, the healing properties of the body can take over and repair the damage done. This is often all that is needed to see the end of vertigo.