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