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Upper Cervical Care and Vertigo Relief

Upper Cervical Care and Vertigo Relief

People often uses the term dizziness whether they are describing disequilibrium, vertigo, or actual dizziness. It is important to understand the difference between these, especially when describing them to your doctor. Let’s take a look at the differences and learn a little more about vertigo in particular. 

Here’s a quick reference regarding terminology related to dizziness. 

  • Vertigo – a false sensation of movement 
  • Disequilibrium – when one loses his balance 
  • Dizziness – feeling lightheaded or woozy

A closer look at vertigo reveals that: 

  • Vertigo is not the fear of heights. The correct term for that is acrophobia. 
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common type of vertigo and is brought about when one moves his head in a certain position. It is often shortened to positional vertigo. 
  • Vertigo is a common symptom of migraines, in particular, vestibular migraines. 
  • Vertigo can be a side effect of many medicines. 

Caring for Vertigo Naturally

A connecting factor in many vertigo patients is a neck or head injury at some point in their past. This could be due to a vehicle accident, a sports injury, or a trip and fall. It could have happened as far back as 15 years previously. This explains why any patients and sometimes even doctors fail to connect the symptoms to the underlying injury, which may very well be a misalignment of the top bones of the spine. 

An Upper Cervical doctor will examine the patient’s neck using measurements and x-rays to help determine the exact location of the misalignment. By gently adjusting the neck, proper alignment can be restored. This helps the central nervous system, and the body as a whole, to function better. Proper communication is restored to the brain and body, and this can lead to an improvement in vertigo. Some have seen it go away entirely once the neck is back in alignment.

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