Many wonder what vertigo really is.
- Is it related to a fear of heights?
- Is it light-headedness?
- Is it the feeling you get when you stand up too quickly?
Actually, it is none of the above. It is a specific form of dizziness that causes people to feel as if they or their environment is moving or spinning. Some people have nausea, vomiting, vision changes, and headaches along with the dizzy feeling. It can come on suddenly and last for hours. The attack can be mild or extremely disabling. What causes this?
There are two theories as to why vertigo happens. The first has to do with the inner ear. The inner ear contains tiny canals that have organs that are responsible for sending messages to the brain about where the body is located and whether or not it is moving. When these messages are distorted, vertigo is the end result.
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The second origin of vertigo has to do with the brain and the central nervous system. The brainstem and the cerebellum are vital in processing the senses and where the body is. So, it would make sense, that if a disruption is found here, it could be the underlying cause of vertigo episodes. Sometimes, due to trauma or an accident, the uppermost vertebrae in the neck become misaligned. When this happens, undue pressure is put on the brainstem, and it no longer functions at full capacity. This hinders messages being sent by our senses and can cause a person to feel dizzy when they really should not.
Upper cervical chiropractors are trained in specific techniques that help them to find a misalignment in the upper neck and then develop a plan to correct it through gentle, effective means. Here at Precision Chiropractic West, we use the Atlas Orthogonal technique. Adjustments are given only when absolutely necessary. Once this misalignment is corrected, the central nervous system can begin to communicate properly with the brain once again. Healing can also begin, and symptoms of vertigo may lessen or go away altogether.