Dizziness can affect anyone, at any time, and almost everyone seems to have had an experience with it. Maybe one stood up too quickly or turned his head in one direction too fast. Any of these things can bring about dizziness, problems with balance, visual distortions, and sensitivity to light. Many times this has to do with a malfunction of the vestibular system.
The vestibular system has a big responsibility. It lets the brain know where the body is located in its environment. When something causes this system no longer to work properly, dizziness can be the end result. It may surprise one to know just how common vestibular issues and dizziness are. Here are some facts.
- Out of every 3 attacks of dizziness, one of them can be linked to Meniere’s disease.
- In Americans over the age of 40, more than 1 out of 3 has had a vestibular issue.
- Chronic balance issues affect about 4% of all Americans.
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When dealing with this type of problem, even simple things can become hard to handle, such as showering and dressing. The vestibular system is made up of an intricate balance of inner ear fluid, particles that help detect the location of a person, and other things that help a person remain upright. Once disturbed, this system can cause all sorts of problems for a person.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help with Dizziness
If the top bone of the vertebrae, the C1 or atlas, is out of alignment this can affect the function of the vestibular system. I have been trained to find this misalignment using proper diagnostic imaging techniques. Once located, I use a gentle technique called NUCCA to encourage the bone to move back into the proper position. The body allows the healing properties to take over and proper vestibular system function can be the end result. Many patients involved with case studies have revealed that this method works, and often in few adjustments only.
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