When most people think about chiropractic, the first thing that typically comes to mind is back pain. People go to chiropractors because of back pain more than anything else. It is undoubtedly true that chiropractors all over the world have helped hundreds of millions of people with their back pain.
There are those people who are more “enlightened” about chiropractic, and they might seek out a chiropractic doctor for headaches, migraines, autoimmune issues, neck pain, shoulder pain, etc. Again, it is true that chiropractors have helped millions upon millions with these issues as well. But what about vertigo? Could a chiropractor help you with vertigo? The short answer is yes! Let me explain.
Vertigo and Subluxation
The spinal column (the bones that make up the spine) houses the spinal cord (the massive communication trunk within the body). For proper communication to take place within a person’s body, the spinal cord, and spinal nerves cannot be altered or obstructed in any way. As long as the spinal bones stay lined up and can biomechanically move normally the spinal cord is well protected and not interfered with.
Unfortunately, the spinal bones do not always stay mobile and stay where they should. Because of small and large traumas over a lifetime, the spinal bones can shift out of place and stop moving properly and therefore interfere with the vital messages traveling over the spinal cord and spinal nerve roots. This condition is given a big doctor name, Subluxation. A subluxation occurs when a spinal bone misaligns, gets stuck, and alters nerve flow. When this happens, it will cause multiple problems for that person.
Many times those problems do not include PAIN, but it sometimes can include vertigo. This is particularly true when the spinal bones misalign and get stuck at the top of the spine right under the skull. The reason is this will affect a part of the brain stem and spinal cord that is directly related to proprioception or position (balance). When a person has vertigo, there is a better than average chance that they have Subluxation (spinal misalignments interfering with nerve transmission) in the upper neck region.
Vertigo Relief Through Chiropractic Care
A skilled chiropractor will thoroughly evaluate the entire spine when assessing a new patient. If that person has vertigo, they will spend extra time in the upper neck area. It has been my experience that patients who present with vertigo see remarkable success in the resolution of vertigo as well as an overall improvement in their health and quality of life. The bottom line, vertigo may be your body’s way of letting you know that you have an upper neck misalignment or subluxation. Don’t misread the warning signal!