Vertigo is often described as the sensation that either a person or the things around him are spinning. One of the most common forms of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and is brought about by moving the head or neck suddenly.
A recent study focused on the link between osteoporosis and vertigo. Osteoporosis happens when a person loses bone density. Osteopenia, on the other hand, is mildly low bone density, not as severe as osteoporosis. The link to vertigo can explain why these conditions are noticed more often as a person ages.
The study showed that men who experienced osteoporosis had double the risk of also getting vertigo, while women had three times the risk. A similar connection was also seen in those who had osteopenia. The study pointed out that as women age their bodies produce less estrogen leading to a decrease in the density of the bones. This was seen even more in those after age 50 when estrogen levels and bone mass decrease faster. However, vertigo was also seen more often in men of this age, leading to the conclusion that estrogen is not the problem.
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Vertigo – Related to Improper Spinal Alignment
One thing that the study did not include was the connection between vertigo and a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. When a misalignment occurs in this area, whether it is in the C1 or C2 vertebra, pressure may be exerted on the brainstem, and vertebral blood flow may be inhibited. Signals between the brain and body are also hindered. This can lead to the symptoms of vertigo and a host of other health problems. There is some speculation as to whether or not osteoporosis may play a role in this type of misalignment.
At Upper Cervical Hawaii, we use a gentle technique that allows the neck bones to move back into their proper position naturally. Once this is done, the body takes over and repairs the damage, leading to restored blood flow and communication. This is often all that is needed to see a decrease in vertigo symptoms. Some see it go away completely.
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