Vertigo attacks can be incredibly debilitating. They can cause you to be unable to drive or complete your day-to-day activities. There are many events and conditions that can lead to vertigo, some of the most common ones include (1,2) -
- Head injuries – concussions, car accidents, and other traumas can lead to vertigo episodes
- Certain medications – certain types of blood pressure medications and antidepressants
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Recent ear infection
Traditional vertigo treatment may involve physical therapy and medication. While these may alleviate symptoms in the short-term, they do not address a potential root cause for vertigo.
Vertigo and Your Spine
Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord carries signals to and from your brain. When the top bone in your neck (atlas) is misaligned, this can create pressure within your spinal cord at the base of your neck. This can affect joint position signals going to and from your brainstem, potentially leading to vertigo symptoms.
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Dr. Hanson and I have received extensive training in NUCCA. NUCCA is a chiropractic technique aimed at precisely adjusting the atlas vertebra. Through this gentle correction, the atlas is realigned. Proper atlas alignment allows for reduced spinal cord pressure, restoring normal joint position signals to and from the brain. This may reduce symptoms of vertigo.
Mayheu et al. described a case of a 23-year-old female patient that presented with vertigo symptoms 5 months following a concussion. After receiving a specific atlas adjustment, she noticed her vertigo disappeared. After two months of care, she stated that she had complete resolution of her vertigo since her first atlas correction. (3)
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1. Taylor D. Vertigo Symptoms, Causes, Treatment - What are the risk factors for vertigo? - MedicineNet [Internet]. MedicineNet. 2016 [cited 19 January 2016]. Available from: http://www.medicinenet.com/vertigo_overview/page3.htm
2. Nhs.uk. Vertigo - Causes - NHS Choices [Internet]. 2015 [cited 19 January 2016]. Available from: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Vertigo/Pages/Causes.aspx
3. Mayheu A, Sweat M. Upper cervical chiropractic care of a patient with post concussion syndrome, positional vertigo, and headaches. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res 2011; 2011(January): http://www.mccoypress.net/juccr/docs/2011-1056_post_concussion.pdf (accessed 19 January 2016).