Vertigo is described as the sensation that you or the things around you are spinning. It is seen more often in women than men and, generally, comes on around age 50 or after. If you have had a head injury previously, you will have a greater chance of developing vertigo. The most common type of vertigo is called BPPV or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This is the kind of vertigo we will refer to in this article.
BPPV is rarely dangerous and is usually not life threatening. This, of course, changes when one has an attack and is in a situation where falling can be a problem. Such things as driving, being on a ladder, or other serious situations can result in injury if a vertigo episode hits.
Problems in the Neck Lead to Vertigo
Vertigo usually occurs due to a miscommunication between the inner ear and the brain. Communication reaches the brain via the vestibulocochlear nerve (or the 8th cranial nerve). Why does it sometimes malfunction?
A misalignment in either the C1 or C2 vertebra can have a negative impact on the central nervous system including the vestibulocochlear nerve, the spinal cord, and the brainstem. As previously mentioned, a head injury increases the chances that one will get diagnosed with vertigo. This is due to the fact that it only takes a mild blow to the head or neck to cause these bones to misalign. Because of their location and shape, they are more unstable than the other bones of the spinal column. Therefore, if you are experiencing vertigo, it is a good idea to visit an upper cervical chiropractor to get evaluated for a misalignment.
Proper Neck Alignment Alleviates Vertigo
Here at Living Well Chiropractic in Plymouth, MN, we examine our patients for misalignments of the upper cervical spine. We then use a gentle method to encourage the bones to move back into place without popping or cracking the neck. Once corrected, vertigo often becomes much less of an issue. Many patients report it going away and not returning.
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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/