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Dizziness & Vertigo

Dizziness and Vertigo that originates from dysfunction in the neck and cervical spine may benefit from chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care may be able to treat some of the contributing causes of vertigo and address associated symptoms including headaches, migraines and balance issues. Treatment of this neck-related pathway may result in natural vestibular rehabilitation and help with your balance.

The vestibular system relies on correct function of the inner ear, the nerves that supply the ear and small muscles that control ear pressure. The vestibular portion of the ear is filled with a fluid that moves when you move. This fluid movement signals to your brain where your head and body is in space – this is your sense of balance. Your inner ear vestibular system is connected to your brain, eyes and small nerve endings in the joints and muscles of your neck. A problem with any of these areas can cause dizziness and vertigo. 

Vertigo & Vestibular Dysfunction

Neck injury is a common cause of vertigo. When the neck is injured or has subluxations, the sensory receptors of the neck joints send confusing signals to the brain, that do not match what the vestibular inner ear and eyes are experiencing. The brain becomes confused about what your body is doing, how it is moving and how you are interacting with your surrounding environment. This can result in;

  • Dizziness
  • Loss of balance
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Light-headedness 
  • Difficulty walking
  • Poor coordination
  • Feeling disoriented
  • Trips and falls due to miss-stepping.

Balanced Body Chiropractic & Vertigo

The chiropractic approach to addressing cervicogenic vertigo involves a thorough neck assessment and targeted treatment of joints and tissues that may be painful and dysfunctional. By locating these potential causes of vertigo, Balanced Body Chiropractic can provide you with balance and coordination advice to re-train your neck muscles to work together with the neck joints. When your neck is functioning optimally, the neck receptors are able to send clear signals to your brain, ears and eyes. The result is a great working relationship with clear signals telling your brain where your head and body is and how it is interacting with your environment.