Vertigo is a kind of dizziness that creates the artificial perception of movement around a person and their environment. Vertigo creates the illusion of everything spinning around them or that they are spinning.
Nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears and sweating may accompany this sensation. Some sufferers also experience feelings of:
- difficulty walking or talking
- blurred vision
- feelings of reduced consciousness
- Each episode may be constant or intermittent, and might last from just a few minutes to several hours.
Vertigo and dizziness are two of the most common patient complaints in all of medicine and may result from any number of causes which include:
- a separate illness
- traumatic injury like whiplash
- inflammation of the inner ear
- tumor (acoustic neuroma)
- decrease in blood flow to the brain
- neck or head injuries
- multiple sclerosis.
How Can Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Help Those with Vertigo?
National Upper Cervical Chiropractic procedures utilize a gentle touch and a controlled adjustment to the Atlas, the first vertebra of the spine.
This adjustment can correct any misalignment in the spinal column which may irritate the nerves that run from the brain and spinal cord to the blood vessels in the head.
Cervical spine misalignment that has occurred due to severe trauma, an injury or an accident causes nerve function between the brain and body to be compromised. The balance centers of the brain are affected by the nerves in the upper cervical region. Recent studies show that vertigo, dizziness and balance symptoms might occur as a result of misalignment.
Dr. Justin Schallmann is our National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association practitioner and can conduct specific diagnostic tests on your spine and perform a thorough exam to locate these misalignments.
Once the problem is identified, the NUCCA practitioner will be able to realign your spine through a gentle adjustment to the upper cervical vertebrae that is performed by hand. This type of adjustment generally relieves any nerve interference and balances the body which results in improvement or total relief of the symptoms associated with vertigo.
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