Vertigo is the sensation that the person or the things in his environment are moving. The most common type is called BPPV or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, sometimes shortened to positional vertigo. The risk for vertigo increases if one is a woman and over the age of 50. Often vertigo comes on after one has endured some type of head or neck injury.
It is good to know BPPV is usually not life-threatening. Although, this does not mean it cannot be dangerous or put one’s life at risk. If one is driving a car, working on a ladder, rock climbing, or doing a similar activity, vertigo can lead to serious harm.
Vertigo and Head or Neck Injuries
When vertigo occurs, it can often be linked back to a problem in communication between the brain and the inner ear. The 8th cranial nerve is called the vestibulocochlear nerve. If a misalignment exists in either the C1 (atlas) or C2 (axis) vertebrae, it can hinder proper communication between this nerve and the brain. The brainstem may be put under pressure by an upper cervical misalignment, also leading to symptoms.
Remember, head injuries and vertigo seem to be connected. If one has had a car accident, a trip and fall, a sports injury, or another injury affecting the head or neck, he can have a misaligned bone in his neck. The best step to take if one suspects this is to see an upper cervical chiropractor.
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Help for Vertigo in St. Charles, Illinois
We are happy to try to help vertigo sufferers overcome this problem. We examine the neck to find the precise location of the misalignment. We then employ a technique referred to as NUCCA. This is a very gentle manual adjustment to a specific part of the neck that will help the bones to move naturally into place. Once the subluxation is corrected and proper communication is restored, vertigo often decreases or clears up entirely.
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