Vertigo and its connection to Head and Neck trauma – how Chiropractic Care can help

Vertigo and its connection to head and neck trauma

Vertigo is a common complaint, especially after major or minor head or neck trauma.

Concussions, whiplash, fall and sports injuries, and other forms of head and neck trauma often lead to vertigo and dizziness. Symptoms can begin immediately or even years later.

The patient history taken in our office delves deep into past traumas and injuries you may have forgotten about that may pinpoint the onset of vertigo symptoms.

You may have tried countless medications to help with the symptoms? Unfortunately drugs will not resolve the root cause and you may continue to experience recurring symptoms of vertigo.

The natural route of Chiropractic Care is definitely worth considering and here’s why…

Chiropractors approach the problem with the goal of determining and treating the root problem.

Vertigo may come from problems in the inner ear, or from disturbances in pathways in the nervous system. We understand how symptoms of nausea, vomiting and dizziness are quite debilitating and can literally turn your world upside down.

Connected to the upper cervical vertebrae by nerves, the inner ear cannot function properly if there is a misalignment or blockage in the cervical vertebrae.

We also know that subluxations in the spine often result in a blocked or abnormal flow of cerebral spinal fluid.

The blockage of this fluid can lead to a blockage of fluid in the inner ear that creates the painful pressure that manifests as dizziness, nausea, headaches and other common vertigo symptoms.

Chiropractic adjustments help to get and keep the upper cervical vertebrae in full alignment.

Those who see their GP for symptoms of vertigo are very often given pain medication designed for people who suffer from headaches.

When you work with a chiropractor, the goal is always to get to the root of the issue to allow your body to reset and  time to heal naturally.

In addition, you’ll have a chance to examine how your lifestyle may be contributing to your vertigo symptoms.

Therefore the focus is on both getting rid of vertigo and making sure it stays away.

There is substantial evidence that vertigo and related conditions may relate to a misalignment of the upper neck.

The Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research in June 2016 published the study*, which reported that a diagnosis of Meniere’s disease (Ménière’s disease is a condition of the inner ear that causes sudden attacks of: feeling like the room is spinning around you (vertigo) a ringing noise inside the ear (tinnitus) pressure felt deep inside the ear) is reached when all other possible diseases with the same symptoms are ruled out.

In the study conclusion, the author wrote, “One hundred percent of three hundred consecutive patients medically diagnosed with Meniere’s disease also having suffered a whiplash trauma is unlikely coincidental.” As a result, “all patients with a history of vertigo should be questioned about a history of trauma, especially whiplash from an automobile accident, contact sports injury, or serious falls,” the author said. “Patients often forget these accidents, thinking that they were not hurt because they did not break any bones and were not bleeding.”

Based on the findings in this study, the author recommends that all patients suffering from vertigo with a history of some sort of trauma should be evaluated by a chiropractor.

*Burcon, M (2016), “Health Outcomes Following Cervical Specific Protocol in 300 Patients with Meniere’s Followed Over Six Years,” J Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research, June 2, 2016
“According to the Prosper Meniere Society a diagnosis of Meniere’s disease requires at least two spontaneous episodes of vertigo, each lasting 20 minutes or longer, hearing loss verified by a hearing test on at least one occasion, tinnitus or aural fullness and exclusion of other known causes of these sensory problems.”

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Dr. Benjamin Martin is a Chiropractor and speaker on Health and Wellbeing. Ben is regularly called on to discuss health topics and chiropractic on radio, tv and press. His promise is to adjust and educate as many families as possible towards optimal health. His work changes lives and has restored people's quality of life.
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