Vertigo is the sensation that a person or the things around him are spinning. To understand vertigo, it is important to understand how complex the human body is. The body works as a complete unit, meaning that if one thing is not working at its optimum, other parts of the body are also affected. Vertigo is connected to this as it is linked to whether or not the ears and the rest of the body’s balancing system are working properly.
Often, this has to do with whether or not the top bones of the neck, the atlas (C1) or axis (C2), are in proper alignment. This area of the body is particularly susceptible to misalignments, and it only takes a misalignment of ¼ of a millimeter to wreak havoc on the entire body. The head—weighing between 10 and 14 pounds—relies on these bones to keep it in place. If these bones misalign, the body compensates for this by working to keep the eyes level with the horizon. These compensations can affect the spine and cause all kinds of problems within the body. What are some potential effects?
- The whole body becomes off center.
- The cranial nerves that are responsible for sending messages from the ears to the brain via the brainstem malfunction.
- The brainstem no longer communicates properly with the brain or the body.
- The misalignment affects the flow of blood to the brain causing disequilibrium, dizziness, and vertigo.
- Pressure sensors in the neck send improper signals.
Finding Help for Vertigo in Plymouth, Minnesota
By seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, vertigo may become a thing of the past. I have been specially trained to find and correct misalignments of the upper neck vertebrae. Using a gentle technique that does not require popping or twisting, the bones are moved back into place naturally. The body can heal the damage done, and many patients then report seeing their vertigo improve or even go away entirely.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/