Dizziness and Chiropractic, Cervicogenic vertigo

Dizziness is also known as vertigo. Dizziness is a common condition seen in the Chiropractic office and this article will describe some of the common causes of dizziness related to the neck and Chiropractic treatments. In cervicogenic vertigo dizziness occurs during resting head motions. The dizziness is usually not associated with movements of the head. The joints of the neck and the proprioceptive system of the neck is the causative factor in cervicogenic vertigo. Most often this condition is associated with some type of injury. Whiplash is the most common injury that produces cervicogenic vertigo. It has been estimated that about one third of persons with cervicogenic vertigo have an associated whiplash type injury.
Tender points or trigger points in the muscles of the upper neck are common with cervicogenic vertigo. Trigger points in the muscles are also associated with pain in the face and nausea. Myofascial release techniques are one key technique to treat cervical trigger points.
Chiropractic is often effective treatment for cervicogenic vertigo as it is able to address joint dysfunction in the neck which is a major cause of the condition. The joints of the neck provide the brain with major input as far as head and body positioning. Joints that are fixed or immobile give the brain bad input and may cause vertigo. Chiropractic adjustments normalize the function and position of the joints and allow the joints to send the brain correct positioning information. A typical trial of Chiropractic care for vertigo would be 5-8 treatments over a 1-3 week span. It may also be helpful to do exercises for the neck and upper back that focus on neck extension and rowing type motions for the upper back.

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