Vertigo and its Connection to the Neck

vertigo, dizziness, spinningEpisodes of vertigo can come on suddenly and without any obvious cause, which can be extremely upsetting and stressful for the sufferer.  This can disrupt your day entirely and also lead to much stress and anxiety over when the next attack may rear its head.


Causes of Vertigo

To understand what seems like a mysterious condition, it’s important to understand the factors that may contribute to vertigo episodes.

  • Recent ear infection
  • Heart issues, including hypertension and heart disease
  • Medications, including antidepressants and high blood pressure drugs
  • Injuries to the head or neck, such as whiplash or concussion

If you’re wondering how your neck could be related to vertigo, you’re not alone.  The more research that is conducted, the more connections are made between specific misalignments of the atlas vertebra and the presence of vertigo symptoms.  For example, a case study of a 23-year-old female who was experiencing vertigo symptoms after sustaining a concussion showed quick improvement and ultimately complete resolution of her condition after two months of upper cervical care and only one atlas adjustment.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and vertigo download our complimentary e-book How to Naturally Relieve Vertigo without Drugs by clicking the image below.


Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo

At the Besso Clinic of Chiropractic, that’s exactly the type of care our patients receive.  I am trained in NUCCA, which is an extremely gentle and very precise means of making corrections to atlas misalignments.  Since the bones of your spine protect the brainstem and spinal cord, when they shift away from their normal alignment, abnormal pressure occurs.  This affects messages and signals that are constantly travelling to and from the brain, which can lead to vertigo symptoms.  By correcting the abnormal position of the atlas, normal communication is restored, and symptoms are alleviated.  If vertigo symptoms have taken hold of your life and you’re ready to get to the bottom of it, we are happy to help you identify the underlying cause.


Mayheu A, Sweat M. Upper cervical chiropractic care of a patient with post concussion syndrome, positional vertigo, and headaches. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res 2011; 2011(January): (accessed 4 February 2016).


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