Why Vertigo Becomes More Common After 40

Prevalence of Vertigo for people aging 40 and above

Vertigo is a common condition no matter what a person’s age is. In fact, about 10% of people suffer from this false sensation of movement. It is often a spinning feeling or a motion sickness despite being still. However, after age 40, the number of people who experience vertigo dramatically increases. Researchers went about examining this phenomenon.

Why Is Vertigo Such a Concern?

The research revealed that after age 40 the amount of sensory information that is required to trigger the vestibular system doubles every decade. That means at age 50, your body needs twice as much information to maintain balance and spatial orientation as it did at 40. At 60, you need four times the info you needed at 40, and so on. It’s no wonder that about 1 in 3 seniors over the age of 65 have a fall in a given year.

Approximately 152,000 deaths per year in the US are due to issues with the vestibular system. That means that while vertigo is considered non-life-threatening, the falls it may cause are still very dangerous. Thus, a person experiencing vertigo should seek care rather than accepting it as a part of getting older. What can help?

Upper Cervical Alignment and Vertigo

Data from case studies indicate that vertigo can stem from long-time misalignments in the top two vertebrae of the neck. Subluxations in this area can inhibit blood flow to the brain, affect brainstem function, and also affect the vestibular nerve that is responsible for sending information between the ear and brain about balance.

A visit to an upper cervical chiropractor is the best way to find out if you have this type of misalignment. Especially if you have ever suffered a head or neck trauma, the results of correcting this type of misalignment may be significant. To learn more, find a practitioner near you.


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