Vertigo is the sensation that you are spinning or rotating, or the things around you are doing so. It can be very unnerving and lead to a great deal of anxiety. One second you are fine, and the next you feel as if you might fall down. Vertigo and dizziness are two of the most common reasons that people visit their family physician.
Vertigo can affect anyone at any time, as major league baseball player, Stephen Drew, can attest to. Drew is the second baseman for the NY Yankees and had to leave the game due to dizziness recently. He was forced to remain in the dugout until the spell passed. He theorized that it was due to a recent cold resulting in fluid build-up in the ears. What else causes vertigo or dizziness to occur?
Reasons for Vertigo and Dizziness
- Motion sickness
- Sitting or standing up too quickly
- A drop in blood pressure
- A problem of the inner ear
- A misalignment in the neck
Proper Spinal Alignment Helps Vertigo
In the above list, a misalignment in the neck is mentioned. Why is this so significant? Often the C1 and C2 vertebrae misalign due to a trip and fall, wear and tear, a vehicle accident, or a sports injury. A misalignment in these bones puts pressure on the brainstem as it is located in the same general area. This leads to a problem in communication between the brain and body. If the brain gets improper signals about where the body is located in its environment, vertigo can ensue.
Here at Northern Roots Family Spinal Care, once we determine the exact location of the misalignment, we can develop a care plan for each individual patient. We use a very restrained method that does not require us to pop or crack the neck. Rather we gently encourage the bones to move back into place naturally. This restores communication as the body heals and often leads to an improvement in or elimination of vertigo.