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Is It Disequilibrium or Vertigo? Here’s How to Tell


As someone practicing upper cervical chiropractic in Redwood City, CA, I often help people for balance disorders such as vertigo and disequilibrium. Patients must know how to describe these disorders correctly so that medical practitioners get the most accurate information and are able to help with their specific needs. 

How Disequilibrium and Vertigo Differ

Disequilibrium is simply the sensation that you are unsteady and about to fall. It does not occur due to disorientation or a feeling of false movement. Instead, you may feel like the ground has started to incline and that your body is floating above it. Disequilibrium has something to do with the vestibular system consisting of parts like the inner ear and vestibulocochlear nerve. 

On the other hand, vertigo gives the feeling as though you or the world around you is spinning, when in fact, there is no movement. Vertigo is a false sensation of motion, sometimes even a feeling of moving backwards or forwards. It can lead to a loss of balance and a fall, which can be life-threatening if it occurs in dangerous situations like when you’re climbing stairs or driving.

Exploring the Link Between Disequilibrium and the Neck

Most people experience bouts of disequilibrium following a head or neck injury. This occurs because the body and brain may experience disruptions when there are misalignments in the upper cervical spine (neck vertebrae). The nerves send messages to the brain through the C1 and C2 vertebrae. When these messages get distorted, it can result in disequilibrium. 

Whether mild or severe, any head or neck injury should be examined and evaluated by someone trained in caring for the upper spine. Upper cervical chiropractors like me are professionals who know the function of this part of the spine more than anyone else. We locate even the slightest misalignment in this area. Here at my practice, Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, I use gentle and accurate adjustments to reposition the neck bones to proper alignment. As a result, patients get relief from disequilibrium. Schedule a consultation with me by calling (650) 595-0500 or sending a message.

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