Vertigo is the sensation that a person or the things around a person are spinning. It happens to approximately 5 to 10% of people under the age of 40. After 40, the number affected is 40%. In the years 1995 – 2004, vertigo made up 2.5% of all emergency department visits.
There has been new research conducted that indicates that if a person feels dizzy or as if they may pass out after standing up for a few minutes after sitting, this may indicate a problem with the central nervous system. The nervous system regulates blood flow and oxygen to the body and brain. Feeling dizzy upon standing can indicate a neurological dysfunction. It may even predict a more serious problem down the road, such as Parkinson’s disease. There is still more research to be done, but if someone has this type of vertigo it is a good idea for them to have it looked at by a professional.
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There is no exact cause of vertigo that has been discovered. The system of the body that is affected is the central nervous system, particularly the vestibular system that regulates balance and orientation. The nervous system is also made up of the brain and the spinal cord. The middle ear is also responsible for balance. It is made up of fluid and crystals that send signals to the brain via the central nervous system. If these become distorted, vertigo can be the result.
How Vertigo is Helped by Upper Cervical Chiropractic
In a study done of 60 vertigo patients that received adjustments from upper cervical chiropractors, 48 of them saw their vertigo go away entirely. The last 12 reported a major reduction in vertigo symptoms. How is this possible?
If a misalignment is present in the C1 or atlas vertebra this can have a huge impact on balance. It is connected to the Eustachian tube of the ear. A misalignment causes improper signals to be sent to the brain about where the body is located. Once corrected, communication can be properly restored and vertigo symptoms may be a thing of the past.
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