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How Vertigo Responds to Chiropractic Treatment

Posted in Vertigo on May 20, 2019

In our Los Angeles based Upper Cervical Health care offices we have taken care of hundreds of vertigo cases. There is a direct correlation between neck injury, abnormal joint motion and the balance system in the body. (1) As a result, correcting prior neck injury by precisely introducing a motion to the injured joints of the neck can have profound beneficial effects on vertigo and other health problems.

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Understanding Vertigo

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Unfortunately, most vertigo sufferers go from doctor to doctor without getting to the root of vertigo. Our system of health care is symptom based and does not get to the root cause but rather treats the symptoms with medications. 

Vertigo is a complex interplay between the joints of the neck, the back part of the brain (cerebellum) and the inner ear. We find that the large majority of people who have vertigo suffer because of a prior neck injury that damages the motion of the neck joints which directly impacts the vestibular system.

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Vertigo Symptoms

Vertigo is often triggered by a change in the position of your head.

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People with vertigo typically describe it as feeling like they are:

  • Spinning
  • Tilting
  • Swaying
  • Unbalanced
  • Pulled to one direction

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Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:

  • Feeling nauseated
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing loss

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Vertigo Causes

There are many reasons people can suffer from vertigo. By far and away the greatest number of people who suffer from vertigo suffer because of cervical spine injury and subsequent biomechanical abnormalities of the joints that affect the normal function of the body vestibular system. The joints of the top three cervical vertebrae have direct neuropathways that interplay with the inner ear, cerebellum (back part of the brain) and input from the eyes. Abnormalities in the joint function of the top three bones of the neck are the most common root cause of vertigo.

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Other less common causes of vertigo are inner ear infections, labyrinthitis, brain tumors and convergence issues of the eyes.

What to do about Vertigo

Those who suffer from chronic vertigo should visit an upper cervical chiropractor. It has been our experience in our Los Angeles upper cervical offices that 70 percent of vertigo is related to spinal misalignments of the cervical spine.

Upper cervical doctors a specially trained to locate and correct neck misalignments. Objective neurological tests are used to locate spinal misalignment and precision digital or cbct imaging is used to visualize the misalignment at the joint margins. Information gleaned from the imaging is then used to make gentle precise corrections that require no twisting, popping, or pulling of the neck.

Restoring motion to the cervical spine joints has a beneficial effect on the vestibular system because neurological input from the joints is a vital component in the body's normal balance system.

Vertigo in Adults

It is estimated that 69 million Americans will suffer from vertigo at some point in their lives and 8 million Americans suffer from chronic balance issues.  If we extrapolate those numbers out to the Los Angeles basin there are 420,000 people suffering from chronic balance disorders. That number is astounding. The good news is that Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is an amazing natural alternative to medicating and in a large majority of cases it is successful in either complete recovery or great improvement. 

Most Americans do not want to be in symptomatic medication treatment.  Vertigo patients want a solution to their vertigo.  People are sick and tired of being medicated, they want to heal. Blair upper cervical care is built on the foundation that healing happens when interferences to the central nervous system are removed and normal function follows.  Do yourself a favor and visit an upper cervical chiropractor today.

Vertigo in Children

The most common cause of vertigo in childhood is benign paroxysmal vertigo (BPV). BPV vertigo episodes are sudden and may frighten the younger child. Symptoms include unsteadiness, loss of balance, paleness, nystagmus, but no loss of consciousness. Other rare causes of vertigo in children include head or neck injury including concussion), stroke, brain tumor, multiple sclerosis, meningitis, and medications that can damage the ear.

Chiropractic Vertigo Diagnostic

While the goal of upper cervical care is to return normal biomechanics to the upper cervical spine allowing the central nervous system to function optimally. As with all patients who step foot in an upper cervical health care office, the goal is the restoration of nervous system function. Symptoms are the end result of the body not functioning properly. Our goal in our office is to restore function. When the function is restored healing occurs and allows the body to heal and repair through a wide range of health issues.

Chiropractic Treatment for Vertigo- What Does a Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractor Do?

Blair Upper Cervical doctors are specially trained to find spinal misalignments in the upper cervical spine. This is determined by running the prospective patient through a battery of neurological tests that locate the spinal segments that have been injured and misaligned by a prior neck injury. 

Once located, precision imaging in the form of digital x-ray or cone beam computed tomography (Cbct) is used to precisely determine which joint has misaligned and the angulation of the offending joint. Each person’s anatomy is different and therefore imaging is used to uncover the blueprint to be used to correct each patient’s individual misalignment pattern. Once this information is gleaned, a gentle, light correction is made without twisting, popping, or pulling.

The patient is then monitored over time to ensure that the correction is holding. If the testing indicates the need for another correction, then it is performed. However, the goal of Blair Upper Cervical Care is for the patient to stay in “adjustment”. It isn’t the correction that produces healing. It is the removal of nerve irritation and the adjustment “holding” in its normal position that allows the body to function better and proceed through a healing process.

If you or a loved one is looking for natural vertigo treatment or better health our offices offer a FREE consultation.

If you are outside of the LOS ANGELES area and looking for a Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractor, you can call our office and we would be happy to help find you a qualified doctor in your area.