Vertigo is described as a sensation that the person or the things around the person are spinning. It may be caused by an ear infection or a problem with the eyes. However, vertigo may also be the result of a problem in the upper cervical neck, particularly the upper two bones of the vertebrae called the atlas and axis bones. What types of vertigo are there?
- Vertigo that accompanies Meniere’s disease
- Cervicogenic vertigo
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
What are some common symptoms of vertigo besides the spinning sensation?
- Abnormal eye movements
- Ringing in the ears or hearing loss
Can Anything Help with Vertigo?
Vertigo can be debilitating and can last anywhere from 15 minutes to a few days at a time. It can cause a person not to be able to complete his daily tasks or even go to work. It is a serious condition that can rob a person of his quality of life.
It is common that vertigo is caused by a misalignment in either the atlas or axis bones. These bones are responsible for the way the head moves and the flexibility it has. Because of their ability to rotate they are more susceptible to damage that other parts of the spine. All it takes is a simple trip and fall or a mild blow to the head to cause them to misalign.
When a misalignment does occur, even if it is as small as ¼ of a millimeter, the damage to the rest of the body can be severe. Stress is put on the brainstem and, in turn, the nervous system malfunctions. It becomes hindered in sending and receiving signals to and from the brain and the body. This leads to symptoms of vertigo and various other health problems.
We are specifically trained to detect misalignments in this area of the body. Once found, we work with our patients on an individual basis to bring the spine back into alignment. Most patients report that their vertigo symptoms become a thing of the past after a couple of adjustments.
Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr. Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. 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, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about Our Team.