Vertigo is the feeling that the room is spinning (contrary to the idea that it is just a feeling someone gets when looking down from a height). The most common type of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). The occurrence of this condition increases when a person has experienced a head injury, which helps to identify the cause of vertigo as well as a natural treatment option.
Facts About BPPV
- The older a person gets, the more likely he or she is to experience vertigo
- Women experience BPPV more often than men
- While rarely life-threatening, BPPV can be dangerous if experienced in a situation where a fall would cause serious harm
- When vertigo comes on suddenly and causes a fall, this referred to as a ‘drop attack’
The Connection Between Head and Neck Injuries
Neck injuries are a common result of head trauma. In fact, even if a head injury does not knock a person unconscious, it may still be enough of a jolt to misalign the C1 and C2 vertebrae. This, in turn, can affect the nervous system including the brainstem, the spinal cord, and the vestibulocochlear nerve—the eighth cranial nerve, which plays a vital role in maintaining equilibrium.
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Thus, vertigo may often follow head injuries because the head injury caused an upper cervical misalignment. The misalignment may result in miscommunications in the body about where it is in relation to its surroundings. The result is the feeling of spinning even though a person is stationary.
All of this goes back to the fact that vertigo and head injuries are related. Therefore, if someone experiences a head injury and then start to have vertigo issues, even if the injury seemed minor or happened a number of years ago, it is a good idea to get the upper cervical spine checked out for misalignments.
Upper Cervical Care in St. Charles, Illinois
At 1st Place Chiropractic, we are trained in NUCCA, a very specific form of chiropractic that does not involve popping or twisting. The focus is on identifying and correcting misalignments of the C1 and C2. If such misalignments are the underlying cause of vertigo, attacks can decrease in frequency and severity or even see complete resolution.
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