Disequilibrium is a common condition that occurs more and more as a person ages. It involves the feeling that a fall is impending or that one requires assistance to move properly. The floor may seem to tilt or to rise up to meet the person. Because this sensation worsens with age, an average of 1 in 3 elderly people in the US fall every year. What other types of dizziness also plague adults, especially those who are 65 and over?
Other Forms of Dizziness
Other forms of dizziness include vertigo (the feeling that everything is spinning) and lightheadedness. A person doesn’t have to be a senior citizen in order to experience these symptoms. Conditions such as these often occur after a person has an accident or injury that results in head or neck trauma.
There are many different things that are recommended for patients suffering from dizziness. This includes everything from prescription medications for motion sickness to certain head and neck stretches that help the fluid in the ear to reset.
What role does the neck play when it comes to disequilibrium and vertigo?
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Upper Cervical Care for Disequilibrium
When a head or neck injury occurs, an upper cervical misalignment is common. When the C1 or C2 come out of position, this can place pressure on the brainstem. It can also affect the Vestibulocochlear nerve. These are key elements in the central nervous system that help the body to maintain proper balance and awareness of the position of surroundings. When this system is disrupted, it can result in the varying types of dizziness noted above.
At 1st Place Chiropractic, we use the NUCCA method of upper cervical care to realign the upper neck gently. Case studies involving patients suffering from vertigo have revealed the benefits of NUCCA care with some patients seeing the problem completely resolve right from the first adjustment.
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