Vertigo, the terrible feeling of having the world spin around you, is not actually a standalone condition. Rather, vertigo is a symptom of many health conditions. Different diseases come along with vertigo of varying severity – sometimes the feeling is barely noticeable and vague, other times it can be so severe that it prevents a person from being able to balance at all. Vertigo attacks can come on gradually or suddenly and last from just a few seconds or much longer.
Vertigo can be described in many ways:
Regardless of how vertigo presents in any individual case, it can be the source of much anxiety, loss of self-reliance, and can cause major disruptions in performing daily tasks.
How Does my Body Maintain its Sense of Balance?
When vertigo strikes and you feel like the whole world is spinning around you, your body has lost its normal ability to maintain its sense of balance. When your body’s balance system is working as it should, there’s no reason to ever really pay much attention to it. However, when something goes awry and you find yourself unsteady on your feet, then balance becomes a big deal.
To achieve balance, there is a constant feedback loop running that responds to sensory input and responds by correcting posture through motor control. The components of your balance system include:
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Vertigo and Vestibular Disorders
The most common causes of vertigo have their roots in the vestibular system, which includes parts of the inner ear and brain that control eye movements and balance. Vertigo can be one of the most debilitating symptoms of a problem with the vestibular system. Vestibular disorders are commonly caused by head or neck injury, environmental factors, genetics, or illness. Some of the most common vertigo-causing vestibular conditions include:
Vertigo Relief with Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Because it’s known that head and neck injury is one of the most common vertigo-provoking events, many vertigo sufferers are finding relief by having their upper cervical neck alignment checked and corrected. A common cause can be identified in the many vertigo-causing conditions above. When the atlas, the uppermost vertebra in the neck, misaligns as a result of an injury it can cause a disruption in the way your brainstem can sort and process balance signals. When positioned correctly, the atlas forms a protective ring around the brainstem. However, when it’s misaligned, it can cause irritation and inflammation that can ultimately result in vertigo.
At Upper Cervical Health Center Boise, we use state-of-the-art equipment to perform a thorough analysis of each of our patients to determine if an atlas misalignment is a factor that’s contributing to their vertigo. If so, we use gentle, precise methods to restore normal upper cervical alignment. The body is then able to heal naturally, resulting in a reduction in vertigo and other symptoms associated with vestibular conditions. If you’re tired of living in anxiety over when your next episode might occur, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss the details of your case and how we might be able to help you.
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