A vertigo episode can make you feel as if the world is spinning around you, or if you are spinning even when you're still. These attacks can come on suddenly and can be caused my many reasons. Post-traumatic vertigo refers to dizziness that occurs following an injury to the head or neck.
Many different types of traumatic incidents can cause vertigo, including:
One of the spine's major functions is to protect the spinal cord. Your spinal cord sends signals to and from the brain concerning where your body is positioned in space. When the upper vertebra in the neck, your atlas, shifts out of its normal alignment, it can create abnormal stress and pressure on the brainstem and spinal cord. This can distort signals traveling via the brainstem, which can potentially lead to vertigo causing conditions.
In a study that looked at sixty people with chronic vertigo, 56 could recall experiencing at least one traumatic incident affecting the head or neck. These injuries may have occurred multiple years prior to the onset of vertigo. Through upper cervical chiropractic care, all 60 patients responded favorably, and 48 experienced complete remission of their symptoms. By restoring normal head-neck alignment following an injury, normal brain-body communication was also reestablished.
Elster EL, Sixty Patients With Chronic Vertigo Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Retrospective Analysis. J Vert Sublux Res 2006; (Nov):1-9.
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