Vertigo has been described as a spinning sensation that makes you feel as if you or the things around you are moving when there is no movement. Some mistakenly think vertigo is a fear of heights. However, this is not the correct understanding. It is often caused by moving the head too quickly. The most common type of vertigo is referred to as BPPV or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.
Who’s at Risk for Vertigo?
- Women experience vertigo more often than men do
- As one gets older, vertigo happens more often
- Vertigo is not usually dangerous except when one is in a precarious position when it occurs, such as being on a ladder or driving
- Research has revealed that vertigo often comes on after a head injury
Caring for the Underlying Cause of Vertigo
It is important to know that a head injury can cause vertigo to occur. By understanding this important fact, the root cause can be addressed as it often has to do with a misalignment in the bones of the upper neck. If a head injury has occurred, whether or not one has a concussion, upper cervical misalignments can easily occur. This has to do with the location and shape of the atlas and axis bones (the top two bones of the neck). Why does this lead to vertigo?
The atlas and axis bones can impact how messages are sent to the brain. If they have become misaligned, they can put pressure on the brainstem as it is located in the same area. This causes the signals being sent to and from the brain and body to become distorted. The vestibulocochlear nerve is also affected, and it sends the wrong information to the brain about where the body is located, leading to vertigo.
Therefore, it makes sense that if one has had a head injury – even a minor one – he or she should seek our care here at Synergy Chiropractic in Anchorage, Alaska. We use a gentle method to correct any problems of the upper neck, often leading to a decrease in frequency or resolution of vertigo.
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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 at http://www.907chiro.com/our-team