Can Neck Problems Cause Dizziness?
Vertigo, Dizziness, Disequilibrium and many other types of conditions can be directly related to old head and neck injuries that have never been properly addressed and the underlying damage to the upper neck has led to dysfunction in the ears, the balancing system of the body or both.
When the head or neck is injured the upper neck (Atlas & Axis) frequently become twisted and misaligned leading to a slight displacement of the head...sometimes by as little as 3/4 of a degree. Once the heavy head (10-14 lbs) is tilting to the side the brain has to compensate for that change through the righting reflex to keep the eyes and ears level with the horizon at all times.
The entire structure of the body will twist and tilt in order to compensate for those upper neck misalignments and head tilt. Eventually leading to pressure building up into the nerve system.
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Brain Stem Dysfunction
The area that is first impacted by these problems is the brain stem area, which is just basically a part of the brain that extends down into the spine and connects to the spinal cord. The brain stem area is a key to the balance of our bodies.
The upper neck area also has more pressure sensors than anywhere else in the body that feed information into the brain stem and the brain. Also the brain stem sends messages via the cranial nerves to the ears for balance as well. Blood flow is also affected when the brain stem function is altered.
When someone is suffering from vertigo, dizziness, or disequilibrium, the brain stem is frequently involved. Upper neck misalignment's alter the brain stem function and can lead to these types of problems. When these old injuries are dealt with by the correction of the head position by a precise upper cervical corrective procedure such as upper cervical, the healing process can begin.
Holding the spinal corrections is the key to healing!
Now not all dizziness, vertigo and disequilibrium is related to head and neck traumas. But if you have a history of accidents involving your head or neck, then an evaluation with a qualified upper cervical chiropractor is very important. If the underlying cause can be identified, what a difference it can make in your life!
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If you ask yourself the following questions, you should take some time to understand the most common CAUSES of NECK PAIN.
Understanding Your Neck Pain?
The general population is unaware of the fact that your neck is also called the cervical spine. It begins at the base of the skull and contains seven small vertebrae. The cervical spine bears the entire weight of the head, which weighs between 10-16 pounds (similar to the weight of a bowling ball). The cervical spine is designed to facilitate head movement in every direction. Although, the cervical spine allows for a large range of motion, when there is an injury it can result in connective tissue damage and joint misalignment.
Neck pain can be due to a number of causes that are usually ignored by people until the symptoms of PAIN develop, which can often times takes months, or years to show up.
Some of the most typical CAUSES of neck pains include:
An injury due to an accident such as a slip or a fall, sports injury, work injury and VERY commonly due to an automobile accident. The bottom line is any whiplash type of injury involving the head and neck will VERY likely injure the delicate connective tissues in the neck which can be torn, this is the foundation for spinal misalignment, and for NECK PAIN TO DEVELOP as the spine will misalign into an unbalanced stressed position.
Poor posture in daily life. This is the daily slouching at work or at home on the couch or trying to use a chair that is poorly fitted for your size. This repetitive stress on ligaments and tendons can stretch out and damage these tissues resulting in an unbalanced spine. An unbalanced spine will result in high stress areas which become irritated and inflamed eventually resulting in pain and other problems.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care For Neck Pain
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care involves a systematic approach to understand the root cause of your neck pain. This includes a routine exam to locate the source of your pain and multiple questions to evaluate your symptoms such as:
This may also be followed by an examination which commonly includes:
Neck Correction Method
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is designed to help you through a specialized procedure of head and neck correction to reposition the head to its proper position to remove stress on the joints and muscles below as well as beginning the process of spinal compensation correction. It is a highly precise and accurate procedure that involves a precision touch by hand to correct the spinal problem in the neck. It is designed to kick start the healing process so you can have relief from your symptoms, that will start to become permanent as your body heals itself.
This results in:
As the body heals, there will be further reduction in stiffness, soreness, and strain on the neck and spinal muscles.
What To Expect From Care?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care will offer you a complete and thorough program, customized for your individual needs. It will also include a care plan to restore the spine to proper working order.
Following these simple procedures through Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care, your chronic neck pain will start to dissolve and go away as your body starts to heal itself.
Dr. Grayson Blom works with a nationwide group of Doctors expertly 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. We are dedicated to helping patients just like you who suffer from chronic neck pain, headaches, migraines, shoulder pain, back pain and other ailments and dis-eases.
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