Vertigo sufferers know firsthand how an attack can ruin everyday life. It can be incredibly difficult to finish household tasks, stay focused at work, or even walk. Chronic vertigo can create frustration among patients due to the difficulty of finding its underlying cause. (1)
Balance relies on three inputs (2):
- Your eyes
- Your inner ears
- Your joints
Your brain has to integrate information from all three of these inputs in order to figure out where your body is in space. When one or more of these systems is compromised, vertigo symptoms may result. Here at Upper Cervical Hawaii, we want you to get back to feeling like yourself again.
How is my neck related to my vertigo?
Your spine is designed to protect your spinal cord. Your spinal cord carries signals to and from your brain. When the top bone in your neck (atlas) is misaligned, this can create pressure within your spinal cord at the base of your neck. This can affect signals going to and from your brainstem, potentially leading to vertigo symptoms.
Dr. Breuwet is trained in NUCCA, a specific chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. NUCCA is a very gentle technique that does not require any popping or twisting of the neck. Through specific realignment of the atlas, pressure within the spinal cord is reduced. The brainstem is able to send and receive messages without distortion. This may lead to a reduction of vertigo symptoms.
Elster conducted an analysis of 60 patients with chronic vertigo who received specific atlas corrections. 48 out of the 60 patients received complete resolution of vertigo symptoms. All of the cases experienced some reduction of vertigo severity and or frequency over the course of one to six months of atlas care. (3)
If you are interested in more information about NUCCA and vertigo, call Upper Cervical Hawaii at (808) 638-1313.
- Mira E. Improving the Quality of Life In Patients With Vestibular Disorders[Internet]. Medscape. 2015 [cited 1 December 2015]. Available from: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/568873_2
- Adams J. When that dizziness turns out to be vertigo [Internet]. Washington Post. 2015 [cited 1 December 2015]. Available from: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/when-that-dizziness-turns-out-to-be-vertigo/2015/10/05/074cc17a-66be-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_story.html
- Elster E. Sixty Patients With Chronic Vertigo Undergoing Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care to Correct Vertebral Subluxation: A Retrospective Analysis. J Vert Sub Res [Internet]. 2006 [cited 1 December 2015];2006(Nov):1-9. Available from: https://vertebralsubluxation.sharepoint.com/Pages/2006_1174_Vertigo.aspx