Vertigo is a common health ailment because it is a symptom of many different conditions that affect both the ears and the central nervous system. So how can you find relief by seeking the help of a NUCCA chiropractor in Rochester? We’re going to take a closer look at some of the underlying issues related to vertigo and then how these can be connected to one important bone, the atlas (C1 vertebra) located at the base of the skull. What you are about to read will give you hope that natural relief from vertigo may be closer than you’ve been led to believe.
Common Causes of Vertigo Related to the Atlas
We will discuss just a few of the many causes of vertigo and how each one can potentially be related to the atlas. Then we will address what you can expect if you choose to try upper cervical chiropractic care in an effort to find natural liberation from the chains of vertigo.
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo – BPPV or positional vertigo is the most common vertigo disease. In some cases, it can be caused by tiny crystals in the inner ear that become dislodged from the correct canal. In these cases, canalith repositioning (such as the Epley maneuver) may prove to be helpful. However, up 70% of patients diagnosed with BPPV never learn the actual underlying cause. The problem may be an atlas misalignment. In one case study involving 60 vertigo patients who also had an atlas misalignment, 48 were completely vertigo free after upper cervical care. The other 12 also saw significant improvements in their symptoms.
- Meniere’s disease – This is a rather rare vestibular disorder with only about 0.2% of the population being affected. However, there are very clear connections between Meniere’s and the atlas. First of all, this condition involves severe bouts of vertigo and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and even the potential for hearing loss. How is it connected to the neck? An upper cervical chiropractor had a theory that atlas misalignments led to changes in eustachian tube function. This, in turn, stops the ears from draining properly and leads to the symptoms of Meniere’s. When hundreds of patients were treated in a case study, 97% saw astounding results with an average of about 90% of vertigo severity being relieved. Some patients had experienced head and neck injuries as much as 15 years before their diagnoses, so it is clear that a misalignment can work under the radar for long periods of time before vertigo sets in.
- Vestibular migraines – Basically, these are just migraines with one or more vestibular symptom. Since they comprise anywhere from 25-40% of migraines, that means 10-15 million people in the US alone are suffering from migraines and experiencing vestibular symptoms such as vertigo. We have discussed previously on the blog the connection between migraines and the atlas, so we won’t get into all of the details here. Suffice to say, many patients are helped with both vertigo and migraines by upper cervical chiropractic care.
- Post-concussion syndrome – Vertigo and headaches are two major symptoms of post-concussion syndrome (PCS). These symptoms are also very similar to what is experienced after whiplash-type injuries. Again, the head and the neck are linked, and whether a person experiences a traumatic brain injury or a neck hyperextension, an atlas misalignment can occur. The long-term symptoms that just won’t seem to go away can easily be linked to an atlas subluxation. A misalignment in this vital area of the spine can affect everything from brainstem function to how much blood is being supplied to the brain. Correcting the misalignment can help to relieve the symptoms and lead to faster recovery time from the injury.
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The Premier NUCCA Chiropractor in Rochester, MN
Siple Spine and Wellness is proud to offer this unique specialization of chiropractic care in the Rochester area. What can you expect from NUCCA? Here are three things our patients enjoy.
- Working together with the patient – Upper cervical chiropractic provides great benefits for most patients, but it isn’t for everyone. That’s why we start out with a frank discussion about your health, symptoms, and history. Then we perform a physical examination to see if your atlas is out of balance. Finally, we discuss whether or not this is the right option for you before continuing with the process and taking x-rays.
- Gentle adjustments – Many people don’t even feel the bones moving thanks to how precise and gentle NUCCA adjustment are. That’s why we redo two of your x-rays after your first adjustment. We can make sure that the corrections are providing maximum benefits, and you can see the results.
- As-needed care – Most patients come back for their second adjustment in 3-5 days. This is because it takes a while for the soft tissue around the spine to stabilize, so the adjustments don’t hold as long at first. However, as the healing continues, you should be able to space out your visits. That makes this a cost-effective form of care as well.
If you are suffering from recurring cases of vertigo, don’t give into despair. Upper cervical chiropractic care has helped hundreds of patients in case studies, and it may be just the natural solution you have been searching for. Call Siple Spine and Wellness at (507) 208-9872 to schedule a consultation. That will help you to make an educated decision as to whether NUCCA is the right form of care of you.
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