Cervicogenic vertigo is vertigo that is caused by an upper cervical spine injury. The large majority of those that suffer from vertigo suffer because they had a prior trauma that caused spinal misalignment which set the stage for vertigo to develop. Almost everyone knows that the inner ear is related to balance. But few know that the nervous system controls and regulates balance through nuclei inside of the brainstem called the vestibular nucleus.
In our Blair upper cervical chiropractic offices, cervicogenic vertigo is the most common condition we help. Often these patients have been suffering from chronic vertigo for years. Most commonly they have been told it is due to an ear infection. Ear infections do not last two years and the inner ear is not the sole cause of chronic vertigo, in fact, it should even be anywhere near the top of the list.
The vestibular nucleus is small nuclei ( little brain) located in the brainstem whose job is to coordinate sensory information coming in from the eyes, inner ear, and joints in the upper cervical spine. Loss of joint motion resulting from prior whiplash trauma is the pathway through which cervicogenic vertigo develops. When one of the joints in the upper cervical spine is injured, it loses its normal motion, causing the nerves on the surface of the joint to send bad information back into the vestibular nucleus.
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Cervicogenic vertigo is often marked by patients who have vertigo triggered with certain head movements but not others. If certain head movements kick off your vertigo it is most certainly caused by cervical joint misalignment. Blair's upper cervical technique has the goal of locating, analyzing, and precisely correcting these neck misalignments so the central nervous system can return to normal function.
Thousands of patients have recovered their lost balance by receiving precision upper cervical correction. Don’t take our word for it listen to these video testimonies where patients tell of their recovery following Blair's upper cervical care. Click here to watch:
What exactly does an upper cervical doctor do?
Blair Upper Cervical doctors are specially trained to locate spinal misalignments in the upper cervical spine and correct them. Spinal misalignments are located by running a battery of neurological tests that locate the spinal segments that have been injured and misaligned by a prior neck injury.
Once located, precision imaging in the form of digital x-ray or cone-beam computed tomography (Cbct) is used to precisely determine which joint has misaligned and the angulation of the misaligned joint. Each person’s anatomy is different and therefore imaging is used to uncover the blueprint to be used to correct each patient’s individual misalignment pattern. Once this information is gleaned, a gentle, light correction is made without twisting, popping, or pulling.
The patient is then monitored overtime to ensure that the correction is holding. If the testing indicates the need for another correction, then it is performed. However, the goal of Blair Upper Cervical Care is for the patient to stay in “adjustment”. It isn’t the correction that produces healing. It is the removal of nerve irritation and the adjustment “holding” in its normal position that allows the body to function better and proceed through a healing process.
This is how Blair Chiropractic care can often help remove the underlying cause of many who suffer from piriformis syndrome, occipital neuralgia, tinnitus, Vertigo, Meniere’s disease, neck pain, migraine headaches and other chronic health problems by supporting the body in healing itself.