When one speaks of vertigo, it is often in reference to a sensation that the person or the things in the environment around him are spinning. This is a clue that there may be a problem originating in the vestibular system – the part of the body that controls balance and coordination. Included in this are the inner ear and the vestibular nerve – both of which are responsible for sending signals to the brain about the position of the body.
Some common health conditions have vertigo as one of the primary symptoms. These include:
- Problems with blood flow: If blood flow is being hindered due interference with the vertebral arteries, communication between the brain and body is also hindered, leading to vertigo.
- Trauma to the head or neck: Post-concussion syndrome or whiplash can result in vertigo, as can any blow to the head or neck area.
- Ear infections: If this is the cause of vertigo, it should clear up as soon as the ear infection is gone.
- Multiple sclerosis: This condition usually begins with vision problems; however, it can progress to include vertigo.
- Meniere’s disease: In addition to vertigo, this condition has the symptoms of tinnitus and a feeling of fullness in the ear. Hearing loss may occur and become permanent if left untreated.
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Interestingly, each of the above symptoms is somehow connected to the brainstem and ultimately, the brain. If one has had any trauma – even if it was many years ago – to the head or neck, a misalignment of the C1 vertebra more-than-likely occurred. This bone has the job of protecting the brainstem. If it becomes misaligned, the opposite is then true. It actually can put stress or pressure on the brainstem hindering it from working properly. This can lead to inhibited communication across the nerves, cerebrospinal fluid drainage issues, and reduced blood flow to the brain. These factors create the right environment for vertigo to occur.
Here at Balanced Living Chiropractic, we focus our attention on making sure that these bones are in proper alignment. If they are not, we use a gentle method that helps them more back into place without popping or twisting the spine. Once this is done, vertigo may lessen or become a thing of the past.