How Does Vertigo Respond to Upper Cervical Chiropractic Treatment?


Oct 14
What is Vertigo

It is estimated that 15 percent of the U.S. population suffers with some sort of vertigo. To put this in perspective, approximately 37 million Americans are dealing with vertigo.

Vertigo can be caused by many different factors. It is our opinion that well over 75 percent of people who suffer from vertigo is the result of prior neck injury that is affecting the feedback from the cervical spine joints causing aberrant in the vestibular system. 

Can vertigo be treated by a neck adjustment?

Our Los Angeles upper cervical chiropractic office specializes in correcting structural imbalances in the neck that lead to nervous system dysfunction. There is an intimate connection between neurological feedback from the joints of the top three vertebrae of the neck , the vestibular nucleus in the neck, and the inner ear. Injury to the cervical joints can cause abnormal feedback into the the vestibular nucleus( balance center) in the brainstem resulting in vertigo.

Upper cervical care aims at restoring normal cervical joint motion which allows the central nervous system, including the vestibular system, to function more normally. By keeping the upper cervical spine in its normal range, over time, normal structure and function can return.

Why vertigo is not the same with dizziness ?

People often use the word “dizziness” when they are talking about a variety of symptoms, including:

  • Vertigo (a feeling of spinning or whirling when you are not actually moving).
  • Unsteadiness (the feeling of being unsteady like being on a boat). This is also called disequilibrium.
  • Lightheadedness or feeling as if you are about to faint (presyncope). This can be related to the nervous system being delayed in closing gates in the veins which results in blood not staying in the brain upon rising.

While it is important for a medical doctor to know which of these symptoms you mean when you say, “I am dizzy,” because the cause, diagnosis, and treatment are different. For an upper cervical chiropractor priority is placed on removing the underlying structural interference to the nervous system which is often the underlying cause of vertigo.

Whether you have vertigo, dizziness, Ménière’s disease, or faintness it would be wise to make sure it’s cause is not upper cervical misalignment and subsequent nervous system interference and vestibular system disruption. 

What is most common vertigo symptom?

The most common vertigo symptom is   Feeling like you are spinning or the room is spinning. Other commonly associated symptoms of vertigo:

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

Difference between vertigo and dizziness symptoms

People often use dizziness to describe a wide range of balance problems. There is not a big difference between dizziness or vertigo. They both refer to the feeling of whirling, swaying, or unsteadiness. While dizziness and vertigo can have different causes they are destining the same sensation. 

What is the best chiropractic technique for vertigo?

Since the majority of vertigo is caused by an upper cervical spinal misalignment, getting to a chiropractor who specializes in upper cervical chiropractic would be prudent. These doctors specialize in correction spinal misalignment at the skull neck junction, also know as the cranio cervical junction (CCJ).

Upper cervical doctors take precise imaging of the upper cervical spine and view the joints to see what direction the misalignment has travelled allowing for precision correction. Because the upper cervical spine is so intimately related to the balance centers it is important to gently and precisely correct the neck for recovery.

Can chiropractic offer cervical vertigo treatment?

While no profession has all the answers, our upper cervical health care office and it’s trained Blair upper cervical technique doctors have helped hundreds of patients with vertigo. While Blair upper cervical does not have all the answers for vertigo sufferers it has proven effective in a large majority of cases.

Carson Chiropractic vertigo specialist near me

Our clinics have two locations, one in Carson and the other in Los Angeles. We routinely see patients with vertigo, and in some respects refer to ourselves as vertigo specialists. While upper cervical care does not test symptoms, removing impediments to normal nervous system function through precision correction of the upper cervical spine often leads to vertigo recovery. If you or a loved one suffers with vertigo in Carson or the greater Los Angeles area our offices offer a free consultation which is a discovery session to see if we can help. If you are outside of the Los Angeles area you can call either of our offices and would be happy to find you a qualified upper cervical doctor in your area.
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