Diverse forms of vertigo exist, with one frequently encountered type being Cervical Vertigo. This particular variety manifests when an individual experiences vertigo solely upon positioning their neck in a specific way, irrespective of their overall body orientation. A clear example of this is the sensation that arises each time one turns their head to the right and tilts it upwards.
The instigator behind this phenomenon is none other than the vertebral artery. Two primary arteries are tasked with delivering blood to the brain, one on either side of the neck. While our neck is designed to facilitate movement, in certain instances, a particular neck orientation or tilt can inadvertently lead to compression of one of these arteries, diminishing the blood supply.
A prevalent cause of Cervical Vertigo is the misalignment of the first cervical vertebra, commonly referred to as the Atlas. The path of the vertebral arteries runs along the outer edges of the Atlas before proceeding into the skull to supply blood to the brain. In instances where the Atlas is misaligned and its complete range of motion is compromised, specific neck postures can result in the artery becoming constricted, comparable to a garden hose bending and impeding the flow of water. This reduction in blood flow has the potential to disrupt the functionality of the body’s balance organs, thereby precipitating a bout of vertigo.
Dr. Scott Rosa, an upper cervical chiropractor based in New York, has dedicated years to investigating the interplay between the Atlas and cerebral blood flow. His research, employing upright MRI technology, has compellingly demonstrated that an adjustment targeting the Atlas can effectively reinstate proper blood circulation.
Commonly, misalignment of the vertebra arises due to incidents such as whiplash injuries. Trauma, like a car accident, can jolt the Atlas out of its proper alignment, and the body often struggles to restore it to its natural range of motion without external intervention.
In my experience, this scenario frequently resonates with patients grappling with vertigo. Many individuals who have encountered an automobile collision or undergone other forms of trauma subsequently find themselves contending with vertigo. Once we ascertain the presence of a misaligned Atlas, we proceed with a gentle and meticulously precise correction. This adjustment allows the Atlas to regain its customary motion, effectively eliminating the compression of the vertebral artery, and by extension, the occurrence of vertigo.
If you find yourself plagued by vertigo within the vicinity of Fort Myers, we extend an invitation for a complimentary screening to assess the potential involvement of your neck. For those residing outside the Southwest Florida region, I am more than willing to assist in locating an upper cervical chiropractor in your vicinity, someone capable of determining whether your symptoms indeed emanate from your neck.
For consultation and additional insights, please don’t hesitate to contact our local chiropractic office at 239-243-8810. Your path to relief from vertigo may be closer than you think.