Vestibular migraines are one of the most debilitating forms of migraine headaches. Dizziness and disorientation possibly occur alongside traditional migraine symptoms. This condition is most common in women between 20-40 and can be compounded by stress and hormonal fluctuations. Common symptoms that occur include (1) -
- Spontaneous vertigo (with possible nausea or vomiting)
- Sound sensitivity, ringing in the ear
- Neck pain with muscle spasms in upper cervical muscles
- Motion intolerance (of eyes, head, body)
Vestibular migraines are unique in that the vertigo symptoms may occur without a headache. (2) Traditional management involves NSAIDs and possible prescriptions to reduce signals from the inner ear. When looking for treatment options, it is important to consider the true cause of your vestibular dysfunction in order to find resolution.
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How is my spine related to my dizziness?
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.
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 re-aligned. 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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