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Your Body's Righting Reflex
When there is a dysfunction in your ears, that affects your body's and your ears balancing systems. The end result is that a person whose ears do not work right will often experience Vertigo, Dizziness, Disequilibrium, or many other conditions that are caused by head and neck injuries.
When the top two vertebrae in the neck, or the upper cervical spine, are out of alignment by as little as ¼ of a millimeter that causes the head to fall out of alignment with the body. That might not seem like it's that big of a deal, until you consider that a human head weighs 10-14 lbs.
An Unequal Distribution of Weight
When the weight of the head is unevenly distributed, the brain needs to make up for that unequal distribution. It initiated something called a Righting Reflex, which keeps a person's eyes and ears level with the horizon. The entire body compensates for this unequal distribution, and that unequal distribute of the body causes pressure on the nervous system.
All of this begins when there is a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. That misalignment affects the part of the brain called the brainstem, which extends down to the spinal cord. The upper neck has more pressure sensors than anywhere else in the body, and each one gives the brain and brainstem information. The brainstem then sends message to the ears via cranial nerves that affect a person's balance.
All of this can be due to two small bones causing misalignments throughout the body and unequal distribution of weight. The result of these changes affecting the brainstem can be and often is vertigo, dizziness, and disequilibrium.
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Realigning Your Spine
Now that you know the bad news, you are probably ready for some good news. That unequal distribution of weight throughout your body is reversible. The only thing that needs to happen is that those two small bones in your upper neck, also called your upper cervical spine, need to be realigned.
Though, not every person who deals with vertigo, dizziness, or disequilibrium has suffered from a misalignment in their upper neck. That means it's important they seek the care of an upper cervical chiropractor, so they can examine your upper neck vertebrae.
If they find any misalignments in those top two bones in their neck, they will make any necessary adjustments and set you on a plan to hold the correction as long as possible. Then, the body can begin to heal itself.
What to Do Next
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