Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care is for Vertigo Relief | Chiropractor for Vertigo in Mount Dora, FL
All right, hello again! Dr. Todd here at Mount Dora Family Chiropractic. Today, I just wanted to talk about how does chiropractic care, especially in our office, actually help with vertigo relief? And what are we doing to help reduce and or correct symptoms of vertigo. So I’m gonna turn your attention to these posters over here which are simply a spine and a neck from the back.
Okay, I think it’s really important to understand that the human head weighs somewhere between 10 and 14 pounds. And your head is sitting on your Atlas, which this would be about actual size, right. And you’ll notice if you can see there’s just two little tiny joints there, shaped like a peanut, and there’s little articulations that come off the base of the skull, and they sit right in there. So that’s it, your head’s kind of like one of those bobble dolls dangling around on these little peanut shaped joints. So traumas, falling off bicycles as a kid, obviously, things like car accidents, even repetitive postural habits from your work or sports etc, can create and cause a misalignment in here. They more often than not, will go completely missed because they’re not going to check it at your medical office. Most Chiropractors aren’t trained to find it as well. So we’re going to be looking for this misalignment. So let’s assume we’ve done all our history and consultation examination, you’ve had imaging done, and we found a misalignment.
The Vestibular Nucleus
If you have a misalignment, keep in mind, obviously your brain is up in here, and the tail of your brain stem is going to drop down inside these top two bones here, okay? Right in this area of the brainstem, in very close proximity to where the head and the neck come together, you have something called a Vestibular Nucleus. Okay, and that is where all the sensory input is coming from your surroundings. So your brain knows where you are in space, like spatial awareness. So when you’re having dizziness, or vertigo, it’s because your brain isn’t determining properly, where your body is in space. So it makes you think like the world is spinning or you feel off and it can be bad, like you’re even nauseous and things like that. There’s three places you’re getting the sensory input from. Your eyes, which accounts for about 10% of that input. Your inner ears, which is about 20% of that input, and the other remaining 70% of that input is coming from your body up. Okay, and then even more accurately, of all that info coming from the spine, 30% of it’s coming from right here. So as you can imagine the most likely place it’s gonna cause disturbance and mismatch of sensory input is going to be coming from the spine. Okay, so that is where our focus would be. Then we can develop and tailor a very specific adjustment to correct that.
The Blair Technique
So in our office, we use something called the Blair technique, it’s very gentle, we’re not twisting, we’re not just grabbing you and twisting and cracking. It’s very gentle, but very precise, to get that to set. So as you can see in the poster here, once you have a misalignment, a lot of things can happen. Spinal cord tension, which can affect venous drainage by compressing your jugular vein. It can affect arterial supply blood flow to the brain, which decreases oxygen and nutrients to the brain that might be important. It can affect your cerebral spinal fluid flow. So again, the brain can actually become congested, resulting from that fluid buildup. Stress signals going from the brain so your body can actually go into a fight or flight and be locked into a state of chronic stress. So if you’re getting that tension and pressure in the back of the head, which might even be giving you headaches as well, just alter your nerve signals between your brain and your body. All right. So once we do your exam, your history, we have specialized imaging, we’ll know exactly what we need to do correct and address. We do it very gently. So if you’re not sure, or you’d like to get feedback, you can always check our website. Call our office and even better yet, just read some of the Google reviews! You’ll get a good idea of kind of what’s happening here.
We do complimentary vertigo consultations, and again, there’s no charge! We can sit down and discuss your health issues, do some preliminary checks, and it’ll give us an idea of how the nervous system is performing and if there’s stress or an imbalance.