Balance & Vertigo
Vertigo is the sensation of feeling off-balance. If you get have these dizzy spells, you might often feel like you are spinning or that the world is spinning around you. Vertigo and Balance issues can often be caused by an inner ear problem, however, other common causes include:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Meniere's Disease
- Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrinthitis
- Head or Neck Injury
- Brain problems such as a stroke or tumor
- Certain medications that cause ear damage
- Migraine Headaches
Aside from being unbalanced and feeling dizzy, symptoms of Vertigo include:
- being pulled to one direction
- feeling nauseated
- abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
- ringing in the ears or loss of hearing
How can a Brain-Based Approach help me?
The basic background of the head and neck junction is essential to understand. The lower 2/3 of your neck is fairly stable. However, the upper 1/3 of your neck is much more mobile and complex. It also has major influence relating to brain communication, as it functions similar to a relay station, so it’s incredibly important.
When you have any type of injury, even if it’s a minor fall or accident form years ago, it can cause damage to the ligaments (the ‘glue’) that support your neck alignment. If this occurs, your head and neck can become slightly misaligned as shown in the picture above. This causes 3 main problems:
- The muscles become imbalanced, affecting signals from the muscles back to the brain. The suboccipital muscles (right where your head meets your neck) have high amounts of proprioceptive input, which tells your brain where your head is in space. If this mechanism isn’t working right, you may become dizzy.
- The same suboccipital muscles have inputs from the vestibular (balance), oculomotor (eye movement), and visual pathways. When any of these nervous system tracts have interference, dizziness and vertigo may be present.
- Inflammation and irritation near the brainstem can interfere with the information signaling between your brain and body, so signals from your feet that go to your brain may not be functioning optimally. This can cause challenges with balance.
A specific exam from a NUCCA doctor can tell you whether this type of minor misalignment is contributing to your neck pain. If it is, a precise, gentle correction to the neck based on biomechanical calculations can restore head and neck alignment to:
- restore proper muscle tone
- resolve neck-head mismatch signals which cause dizziness
- improve brain-body communication to improve balance
" I have been going to a variety of chiropractors for over 20 years due to several auto accidents and thought I was doing my body good. About 18 months ago, after a bad neck adjustment, I ended up with a whole host of problems that were affecting my life, from balance issues to numbness. I tried several more Chiro's, a spine specialist, physical therapy but nothing was working. I thought a "normal" life was over for me...
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Dr. Radwanski is extremely patient; she has explained each step that she is doing in great detail. She makes sure that I understand the process and makes me feel completely comfortable with what she is doing and the expected result.
In addition to the care you receive at their office they have a list of providers who are like minded and can help you further heal without negatively affecting their process.
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- Randy S.