Vertigo, dizziness, disequilibrium and many other of these types of conditions can be directly related to old head and neck injuries that have never been properly addressed and the underlying damage to the upper neck has led to dysfunction in the ears, the balancing system of the body or both.
When the head or neck is injured the upper neck (Atlas & Axis) frequently become twisted and misaligned leading to a slight displacement of the head…sometimes by as little as 3/4 of a degree. Once the heavy head (10-14 lbs) is tilting to the side the brain has to compensate for that change through the righting reflex to keep the eyes and ears level with the horizon at all times.
The entire structure of the body will twist and tilt in order to compensate for those upper neck misalignments and head tilt. Eventually leading to pressure building up into the nerve system. The area that is first impacted by these problems is the brain stem area, which is just basically a part of the brain that extends down into the spine and connects to the spinal cord.
The brain stem area is a key to the balance of our bodies. This upper neck area has more pressure sensors than anywhere else in the body that feed information into the brain stem and the brain. Also the brain stem send messages via the cranial nerves to the ears for balance as well. Blood flow is also affected when the brain stem function is altered.
When someone suffers from vertigo, dizziness, or disequilibrium, the brainstem is often involved. Upper neck misalignments alter the brainstem function and lead to these types of problems. When these old injuries are dealt with by the correction of the head position by a precise upper cervical corrective procedure such as NUCCA, the healing process can begin.
Holding the corrections is the key to healing, not having your spine manipulated 1000′s of times!
Now not all dizziness, vertigo and disequilibrium is related to head and neck traumas. But if you have a history of accidents involving your head or neck, then an evaluation with a qualified upper cervical specialist is very important. If the underlying cause can be identified, what a difference it can make for your life!
If you or someone you know is suffering with Vertigo, dizziness or disequilibrium and you are in the Southern California area go to www.licataclinic.com and schedule an evaluation today or call The Licata Clinic of Chiropractic at 626-446-3400
Dr. Giancarlo Licata, D.C. is an Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He is in private practice in Southern California in the city of Arcadia. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.licataclinic.com