You feel as though you are spinning or falling, but you are perfectly still. Vertigo is incredibly disorienting, and can affect the most basic of daily tasks. There are two classification types of vertigo, central and peripheral.
▪ Vertigo that is caused outside of the central nervous system (outside of the brain and spinal cord)
▪ Most common type of vertigo
▪ Possible nausea or vomiting
▪ Hearing loss and/or ringing in the ear may occur
▪ Sudden onset
▪ Vertigo cause originates inside of the central nervous system (in brain and/or spinal cord)
▪ Gradual onset of vertigo episode
▪ Attacks are of lesser intensity than peripheral vertigo
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How is my neck related to my vertigo?
Your spine is responsible for protecting your spinal cord. Your spinal cord is essential for transmitting 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 signals going to and from your brainstem, potentially leading to vertigo symptoms.
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.
Elster conducted an analysis of 60 patients with chronic vertigo that received specific atlas corrections. 48 out of the 60 patients received complete resolution of vertigo symptoms. All of the cases received some reduction of vertigo severity and/or frequency over the course of one to six months of atlas care.
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2. 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 18 April 2016];2006(Nov):1-9. Available from: https://vertebralsubluxation.sharepoint.com/Pages/2006_1174_Vertigo.aspx
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