When we think of vertigo, we most often think of the sensation of spinning – whether it be the person or the things around him or her. However, there is one type of vertigo that does not have a spinning sensation as its main symptom. It is called cervical vertigo and is known for making you feel unsteady. Cervical vertigo occurs when you move the head or neck and is related to a disorder here.
Some common symptoms include:
- Ear congestion
- Stiff or sore neck
- Ringing in the ears called tinnitus
- TMJ (a jaw disorder)
- Problems swallowing
- Poor memory and concentration issues
- Feeling nauseous
- Problems with vision
- Radiculopathy in the upper extremities
Finding Natural Relief for Cervical Vertigo
As the name indicates, cervical vertigo has to do with an issue in the neck, more specifically the upper neck or upper cervical spine. While researchers are not entirely sure why this condition occurs, it has been shown to be strongly associated with a previous injury to the neck. Some theories as to why cervical vertigo occurs are due to:
- Wear and tear
- A blow to the head or neck
- A vehicle accident
To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and vertigo download our complimentary e-book.
Accidents and Injuries are a common cause of Atlas misalignment – the top bone of the spine. This can interfere with normal nerve function and hinder the sensory communication between the eyes, ears, and proprioceptors of the spine. Thus your body's position sense can be interfered with, resulting in the sensation of cervical vertigo.
Dr. Grayson Blom is a Boise, Idaho native trained and specializing in the Upper Cervical procedure. Dr. Blom is also one of the few Doctors in the state of Idaho trained and certified in the Upper Cervical procedure. Serving Boise, Meridian, Eagle, Idaho and the surrounding areas.
To schedule an appointment to determine if you are a candidate for upper cervical care click the button below or call 208-559-0541.
1. Reid, SA, Rivett DA, et.al. Efficacy of manual therapy treatments for people with cervicogenic dizzines and pain: protocol of a randomised controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disord. 2012, 13:201.