Vertigo can be a very frightening experience. One may be sitting perfectly still but feel as if he is spinning or that the things around him are spinning. Every movement can bring on a feeling of uncertainty and dizziness. There are two general categories of vertigo: central and peripheral. What are the differences?
- Originates within the spinal cord and brain (central nervous system)
- Vertigo sets in slowly
- Less in intensity than peripheral vertigo
- The most common form of vertigo
- May be accompanied by nausea and vomiting
- Originates outside the spinal cord and brain
- Occurs suddenly
- Possible ringing in the ear or hearing loss
Recommended care by medical professionals most often involves prescription medication or vestibular rehab designed to decrease symptoms. However, unless the underlying cause is addressed vertigo may continue to occur.
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How the Spine Plays a Role in Vertigo Symptoms
The spine has the job of protecting the spinal cord as it sends messages to and from the brain and body. If a misalignment has occurred in the top bone of the neck—the C1 vertebra or atlas—pressure may be placed on the brainstem. This misalignment may hinder the body and brain from communicating properly. Vertigo is often the end result.
Here at Haan Family Chiropractic, we focus our attention on making sure the spine is in proper functioning order. We do this by using a very gentle, yet effective, technique to move the bones back into place. This releases the pressure on the brainstem and helps the body get back into working order again. But the question is—does it work?
A study involving a 23-year-old female confirms that it does. She had been suffering from vertigo symptoms for 5 months after undergoing a concussion. Once she began to receive adjustments to her atlas bone, she reported that her vertigo was starting to go away. After just two months of care, her vertigo was completely in remission.
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