Understanding Cervical Vertigo
So, you've heard of vertigo, but have you ever heard of Cervical Vertigo? Well, it is also known as Cervicogenic Dizziness, which is postural unsteadiness that is aggravated by neck (cervical spine) movements associated with pain and stiffness in the neck. This is a type of non-rotary dizziness that causes imbalance or unsteadiness due to the position or movements of the neck.
So, how does a person know if they suffer from this type upper neck injury if there is no spinning associated with it? Well, even though the room does not spin, there are still symptoms that a person can and should be aware of.
Symptoms of Cervical Vertigo
Cervical Vertigo and the Upper Cervical Spine
There are many proposed causes this form of dizziness, including whiplash, cervical spondylosis (age related wear and tear in the spine of the neck), and more. Though, according to one study, it can also be caused by a dysfunction in deep muscular proprioceptors (sensors that provide information about joints, muscles, and limbs) in the upper cervical spine.
Due to this dysfunction, the Vestibular Nuclei (Cranial Nuclei for the Vestibular Nerve) receives the wrong information. The path it takes is through the brainstem, but if there is a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae the right signals do not get to the right parts of the brain.
Cervical Vertigo sufferers can find relief when the body's communication system is restored by realigning the upper neck vertebrae. An upper cervical chiropractor can examine the upper neck vertebrae for any misalignments and focus on alleviating a frequent underlying cause of your dizziness.
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