Vertigo is the sensation that a person or things around him are spinning. In order to understand why vertigo happens, let’s take a deeper look at how the body works. The tissue that keeps the spine in place is called connective tissue. An accident or injury can tear or break down this tissue. This negatively affects the spine causing it to lock into a position of stress.
The part of the spine that is most often damaged is the upper cervical spine. While this area of the body has a great range of motion, allowing the head to move in many directions, it also puts it at risk for injury. If the top two bones in the neck become misaligned, it can affect the entire body. If a misalignment in the neck causes the head to tilt, vertigo can be the end result. Why?
The Righting Reflex and Vertigo
When the head tilts to compensate for a neck misalignment, something called the righting reflex kicks in. This is a mechanism designed to keep the eyes level with the horizon line. It also affects the fluid-filled ear canals. When this occurs, mixed signals are sent to the brain about where the body is positioned in its environment. This is when vertigo happens. An upper cervical chiropractor can fix this misalignment and potentially help a person break free from vertigo.
Vertigo Helped by Correcting Misalignments
A 23-year-old female began seeing an upper cervical chiropractor 5 months after she received a concussion due to falling. She showed the typical symptoms of post-concussion syndrome: vertigo and headaches. Headaches were not new to her as she had endured them before the fall. But they became much worse after her concussion. It was determined that due to a misalignment in the upper neck, revealed through x-rays, her entire body was extremely out of balance.
After just one adjustment, her vertigo and her headaches went away. The next day it was noted that her muscle spasms had decreased immensely, and her legs had become more balanced. Proper spinal alignment can indeed lead to a decrease or elimination of vertigo, dizziness, migraines, and similar conditions.
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Dr. Pete Tsiglieris of Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves San Mateo, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, San Carlos, and Sunnyvale. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, back pain and shoulder pain and weakness. More information can be found on our website at http://www.bayareanuccacare.com/