vertigo, dizziness, disequilibrium, dizzyYour Neck and Your Dizzy World

So, the thing about head or neck injuries is they often don’t stop in your head or neck. There are many health problems they could lead to; but we’ll explore Vertigo, Dizziness, and Disequilibrium in this blog.

Now, the most important thing you need to know is that that damage to your upper neck may have caused a dysfunction in either your ears, your balancing system, or both. Do you want to know more about that works?

How Your Brainstem Works

Well, let’s explain…..

Injuring your upper neck vertebrae, which consists of the top two vertebrae in your spine, causes a twisting that leads to a misalignment in your upper neck. That misalignment in your upper neck then causes your head to be set out of position.

Once that misalignment in the neck causes your head, which weighs anywhere from 10 to 14 lbs to sit out of position, the brain needs to compensate for that change. The body then goes through a process called righting reflex, which enables the eyes and ears to stay level with the horizon.

Due to that misalignment in the upper cervical spine, the entire body will begin to twist and turn, so as to compensate for the changes. That reposition will lead to a build up of pressure in the nervous system.

Brainstem Dysfunction

Though, the part of the body you need to work about the most is the brainstem, which is position just above those two bones that make up your upper neck vertebrae. Your brainstem is an extension of your brain that extends from the brain down to your spine and connects to your spinal cord. It is also key to you being able to maintain your balance.

Your brain and your brainstem is fed information by your upper neck through pressure sensors, and the brainstem sends those message via cranial nerves to the ears to help you maintain your balance.

Vertigo, dizziness, or disequilibrium is sometimes caused by a dysfunction in the brainstem caused by an upper neck misalignments that changes the way it functions. The best way to deal with that head or upper neck injury is to correct the position of the head. You can’t do that alone, but an upper cervical chiropractor is able to examine your upper cervical spine for any misalignments that may be the underlying cause of your vertigo, dizziness, or disequilibrium.


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Dr. Kyrie Kleinfelter and Associates of 1st Place Chiropractic of St. Charles Illinois are St. Charles Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Geneva, Elgin, Wheaton and Batavia. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems for children and adults, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia and autoimmune disorders. More information can be found on their website at