There are several different types of vertigo. One of the most common I see is Cervical Vertigo. This is when, regardless of body position, a person experiences vertigo when their neck is in a certain position. For example, everytime you turn your head right and look up it happens.
The culprit in this case is the vertebral artery. There are two main arteries that deliver blood to your brain. One on each side of your neck. Our neck is meant to turn but in these cases that particular turn/position causes one of the arteries to be compressed and deliver less blood.
One of the most common causes is a misalignment of the first cervical vertebrae called the Atlas. The vertebral arteries pass through the outside edges of the Atlas before heading into the skull and delivering blood to the brain. If the Atlas is misaligned and unable to move through its entire range of motion, certain neck postures can cause the artery to get kinked. Think about a water hose that is bent and suddenly doesn’t deliver the same amount of water at the same pressure. This loss of blood flow can cause balance organs to malfunction, and cause a vertigo attack.
An upper cervical chiropractor in New York, Dr. Scott Rosa, has been studying the role of the Atlas and blood flow to the brain for years. He has been able to show, through the use of upright MRI, that an adjustment to the Atlas can restore proper blood flow.
Often the vertebrae has been misaligned due to a whiplash injury. The Atlas gets knocked out of place by the trauma, and the body is unable to return it to normal motion without assistance.
I find this is quite often the case in my vertigo patients. Following a car accident, or some other sort of trauma, they began to suffer from vertigo. Once we confirm that they do, in fact, have a misaligned Atlas, a very gentle and precise correction is made. This correction allows the Atlas to return to normal motion, and the vertebral artery compression no longer occurs, which means the vertigo no longer occurs.
If you are suffering from vertigo in the Fort Myers area, we offer a free screening to find out if your neck is involved. If you are not in SouthWest Florida, I would be happy to help find an upper cervical chiropractor in your area that could determine if your symptoms are coming from your neck.
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Opening your eyes, and seeing the world standing still and in its proper place is something we all take for granted. That’s how it should be and how it is . . . unless you suffer from vertigo. With vertigo, at any moment, your reality may shift dramatically, and the room begins to spin. Suddenly you are on the floor, extremely nauseated, and have to ride it out until the world returns to its normal position.
For many people suffering from vertigo, multiple MRI’s, countless exams, and a variety of specialists leave them where they started—asking what is wrong with me and still without an answer. Let’s look at what determines balance and what might be getting missed.
There are three main areas that take in information and send it to the brain (more specifically the brainstem) and determine balance.
Putting it altogether, the brainstem takes information from your eyes, balance organs in the ear, and sensors in your muscles and joints. If any of these is off, you may suffer a vertigo attack.
In my office I usually see the people that have tried physical therapy, have had MRI’s, and are still suffering. Having an upper cervical exam is a great first step if you suffer from vertigo, as this can rule in or out, the possibility that your vertigo is coming from your neck.
I have had a lot of success with people who have come to me with vertigo. Quite often, they find relief after just one upper cervical chiropractic session with me. By using the techniques of upper cervical, I can gently move the axis and atlas bones back into place, which allows the brain to communicate with the rest of the nervous system in the correct way, and stopping the world from spinning for vertigo sufferers. So if you are suffering from vertigo, please come visit us for a free consultation at Upper Cervical Health Centers of Fort Myers.
Dr. Lee Angle
Dr. Lee Angle is originally from southern West Virginia. After having his life changed through Upper Cervical Care he chose to pursue it as a career. He has been practicing Upper Cervical Chiropractic for over nine years. Dr. Angle previously worked as a certified personal trainer. This background allows him to educate his patients on proper movement and exercises to speed their recovery and enhance their Upper Cervical Care.