Vertigo is a debilitating condition that affects nearly 70 million Americans. It affects the vestibular system, which includes parts of the inner ear and brain that process information concerning balance and eye movements. There can be many causes of vertigo, but the most common ones include:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Meniere’s disease
- Vestibular neuritis
Treatment options range from vestibular rehabilitation therapies to various types of medications. However, there are many people seeking out an alternative path to relief.
Your Neck and Your Vertigo Symptoms
Your spine is designed to provide protection for the brainstem and spinal cord. The brainstem is a critical pathway over which information travels to and from the brain concerning balance and body position. In the area of the brainstem, there are two vertebrae – the atlas (C1) and the axis (C2). Any malposition of these vertebrae can affect how the brainstem relays these signals. This can be the underlying cause of vertigo symptoms, and a precise upper cervical chiropractic adjustment can restore both normal spinal alignment and normal function.
In a research study done on 60 patients with vertigo, upper cervical chiropractic care was able to provide complete relief to 48 and a reduction in symptoms for the remaining 12. This success rate was accomplished using gentle and specific corrections made to atlas misalignments, without the need for any medications or more invasive treatments.
Elster E. Sixty Patients With Chronic Vertigo Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Retrospective Analysis. J Vert Sub Res [Internet]. 2006 [cited 3 November 2016]; 2006(Nov): 1-9. Available from: https://vertebralsubluxation.sharepoint.com/Pages/2006_1174_Vertigo.aspx