Vertigo, Dizziness and Disequilibrium
What Causes the Room to Spin?
Vertigo, dizziness, disequilibrium 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. 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 Key to the Balance of Our Bodies
The brain stem area is a key to the balance of our bodies. This upper neck area has more pressure sensors the 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 effected when the brain stem function is altered.
When someone is suffering from vertigo, dizziness, or disequilibrium, the brain stem is frequently involved. Upper neck misalignments alter the brain stem function and can lead to problems such as vertigo. 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 corrections is the key to healing, not having your spine manipulated 1000's of times by a general chiropractor!
Now not all dizziness, vertigo and disequilibrium is related to head and neck traumas. But if you have a history of those types of accidents then an evaluation with a qualified upper cervical specialist is very important. If the underlying cause can be identified, what a difference it can make for your life!
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What to Do Next
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