Vertigo and Your Neck — What’s the Connection? 

 July 15, 2018

By  Dr. Todd Osborne

Vertigo is usually a result of a problem of the inner ear. Vertigo is often due to the brain improperly interpreting signals about your balance, stability, and where the body is located in its environment. Vertigo involves a sensation of spinning. You may feel you are spinning or the things around you may seem to be spinning. Vertigo is a false sensation of movement. You may notice additional symptoms:

  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating

Caring for Vertigo

One popular means to care for vertigo is called the Epley Maneuver. This is only effective, however, if you have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV. It involves a series of head movements that help realign misplaced crystals in the inner ear. However, relief is only temporary. This is causing many people to seek out long-term solutions. Recent studies have revealed that vertigo is often connected to trauma to the head or neck, which may be the key to alleviating vertigo long-term.

Finding Natural Relief

The C1 and C2 vertebrae were created to act as a protection for the delicate brainstem. However, sometimes these vertebrae move out of proper alignment due to a trauma to the head or neck. This may be a car accident, a trip and fall, a sporting accident, or some other similar injury. Rather than protecting the brainstem, it is now being put under stress. The brainstem is the communication highway between the brain and body. If it is stressed, it may begin sending improper signals to the brain. This can be one underlying cause for vertigo.

Upper cervical chiropractors have been specifically trained to find these tiny misalignments and work with their patients to correct them. We are not required to pop or crack the neck or spine to move these bones back into place. Rather, we use a gentle method that encourages the bones to move back on their own. Once realigned and communication is restored between the brain and body, vertigo may improve or even go away completely.

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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