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Is Vertigo the Same Thing as Dizziness and Disequilibrium? 

 April 1, 2018

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

is-vertigo-the-same-thing-as-dizziness-and-disequilibriumVertigo affects as many as a third of the people over the age of 40. Since it is so common, it is important to understand it. Some people have it once and never again, while others suffer with it chronically. Some people think vertigo is the same thing as dizziness or disequilibrium, but this is not the case. It is important to understand the difference so as to get the proper care for vertigo.

Vertigo, Dizziness, and Disequilibrium — Knowing the Difference

  • Vertigo: a false sensation of movement that must contain a rotational component
  • Dizziness: a feeling of being lightheaded or woozy
  • Disequilibrium: feeling unsteady and as if the ground is slanting or falling away

It is obvious that each of these conditions has its own set of symptoms. However, they can all be connected to a similar underlying cause. What is this and what can be done?

Vertigo Related to Improper Spinal Alignment

Vertigo and similar issues have been connected to a malfunction of the brainstem. The C1 and C2 vertebrae were designed to protect the delicate brainstem. However, if the bones of the upper cervical spine move out of alignment and begin to put the brainstem under stress, it may start to send improper signals to the brain. If the brainstem tells the brain that the body is moving when it is not moving, vertigo can result. Therefore, to correct this problem, we must correct the misalignment.

Here at Scenic City Clinic of Chiropractic in Chattanooga, Tennessee, we use a gentle method that helps realign the bones of the neck without popping or cracking the spine. We use a specific technique to encourage the bones of the neck to realign more naturally. Some people notice significant results in just a few adjustments. Once the bones stay in alignment, the brainstem can begin functioning at its peak once again, and proper communication can be restored to the body and brain, bringing relief to vertigo patients.

To find an upper cervical specialist in your area go to http://www.NUCCA.org or if you are in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area CALL 423-402-4602 to schedule a consultation

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Dr. Todd Osborne


Dr. Todd Osborne has completed extensive post-graduate education in Activator Methods, and has hundreds of hours in continuing education in Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Neurology, and is a Board Certified Atlas Orthogonist, certified by the Atlas Orthogonal Board and Sherman College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Todd Osborne

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