Treating Vertigo and Cervicogenic Dizziness with Cervical Spine Adjustments
One of the scariest conditions a person can experience is waking up with vertigo or debilitating cervicogenic dizziness. Being unable to stand without assistance, walk properly, or just get your bearings for a moment can easily cause anxiety and panic, alongside the symptoms of dizziness itself. Even worse, these conditions are often acute, with little warning of when they may occur.
When someone experiences vertigo or cervicogenic dizziness, the first instinct is to rest and wait for it to pass. When it doesn’t pass by itself, a doctor’s appointment is a natural next step. Too often, however, a visit to the chiropractor is overlooked. At Ideal Spine Health Center, treating patients suffering from balance and equilibrium issues is part of what we do. And, as always, our attention is focused on the spine.
There are a few key parts of the body responsible for the whole of a person’s balance, none more important than the vestibular system. These fluid-filled canals within the inner ear help us determine where we exist in space. Issues with balance generally route back to problems with inner ear fluid and the ability of these canals to properly stimulate fluid movement.
As with any part of the body, there are nerves responsible for transmitting signals between the brain and inner ear. When the brain is unable to receive and decode messages from the vestibular system, your balance will suffer because your body won’t understand where it exists in relation to its surrounding environment. The result is dizziness.
Restoring nerve signal transmission
When impeded nerve signals are the cause of a person’s vertigo, it’s up to a chiropractor to trace the issue back to the source of the impediment. A chiropractor trained to assess conditions from a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) standpoint will be able to recognize the relationship between dizziness and cervical spine ailments. Once these dots are connected, treatment for cervicogenic dizziness can be explored.
Qualifying cervicogenic dizziness can be done by an assessment of patient symptoms. If a person is unable to stand up straight without assistance, walk in a straight line, focus their eyes, or properly perceive depth, vertigo is an apt conclusion. Chiropractors will take things a step further once a patient is on the table, by feeling out subluxations in the cervical spine or any translation of discs that may be responsible for pinched nerves. And, as per general CBP protocol, diagnostic imaging can also yield insight into cervical spine conditions contributing to nerve blockages.
Once the full scope of cervical nerve impedance is deduced, a trained chiropractor can begin to “reset” this delicate area of the spine. This may include adjusting to resolve subluxations, using myofascial release to ease tension areas, or using inversion therapy and postural training to reduce cervical spine compression.
The goal of any treatment is to restore the health and function to the nerves – particularly those closest to the root of the brain stem in the C1 and C2 vertebrae. CBP can help to pinpoint specific nerve issues in this critical bundle of nerves, allowing for targeted treatment for people suffering from cervicogenic dizziness.
Regaining your balance
Waking up to a world that’s off-kilter and out of focus can be a scary experience. Instead of trying to sleep off the spins or spending hours in the waiting room of your GP, instead make an appointment with Ideal Spine Health Center in Boise, ID. We’ll work to get to the root of your vertigo, so that we can provide a CBP-inspired treatment aimed at relief. Visit us today for a free consultation.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.