In war, there are no victors, only victims. Even when an army prevails over its enemy, the winning force soldiers come home with physical and psychological wounds.
From World War I, up to World War II and the Vietnam War, and even to the most recent conflicts in the Middle East, many men and women in uniform experience combat stress reaction or CSR.
Many of them have vertigo symptoms, depression, and initial signs of a more serious health issue called Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. Not a few complained about spinning dizziness, most likely a result of being shell shocked during battle.
Many of these combatants found relief when they worked with a chiropractor for vertigo. Those who previously could not stand around for long periods saw their dizziness dissipate after a few adjustments. At last, they were winning their war against vertigo.
What is Vertigo?
Those soldiers and many civilians, too, need help from a chiropractor for vertigo. Some take a while to realize that they already have a condition that needs prompt attention. All the time, they just thought that they were simply dizzy, unaware of what was happening inside their head and upper cervical spine.
To better understand this condition, let’s briefly go over what happens when a person experiences spinning.
According to scientists, vertigo occurs:
- when conflicts or distortions happen as signals are transmitted to the brain by the body’s systems or organs that detect balance and position.
- people who suffer from this condition experience spinning dizziness.
Symptoms of Vertigo
Aside from spinning dizziness, some of the most common symptoms reported to a chiropractor for vertigo include:
- Ringing in the ears
- Pulsating, throbbing, or pressing pain in the head
- Loss of balance
- Nystagmus or abnormal, uncontrolled eye movements
Known Causes of Vertigo
Based on scientific research, there are two known categories of vertigo causes: central and peripheral. Central causes of vertigo are rooted in the brain or spinal cord, while peripheral causes occur inside a person’s inner ear canal.
The central causes of vertigo are:
- Concussion or trauma to the brain
- Tumors in the brain or spinal cord
- Migraine headaches
- Multiple sclerosis
Peripheral causes include:
- Infection of the vestibular nerve (a nerve found in the inner ear that helps us detect and maintain balance)
- Tumors in the inner ear
- Meniere’s Disease (a accumulation of fluid in the inner ear that makes a person suffer from ringing in the ears or tinnitus, vertigo, and loss of hearing)
There is another condition that causes vertigo, namely Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). In BPPV, the crystals in the inner ear become disturbed and move out of place. These crystals are highly sensitive and detect very sudden gravitational pull changes. It senses all movements of the head and body. When they move out of their normal place, distortions again occur. This abnormal movement of the crystals makes a person experience spinning dizziness.
A Natural Way to Defeat Vertigo
Before meeting with a chiropractor for vertigo, some people were resigned to the thought that they already lost the battle against spinning dizziness. For them, it was already a hopeless situation, and they accepted and surrendered to the disorder. When they experienced a NUCCA chiropractic session, it was then that they realized that victory over vertigo is possible.
Vertigo can be addressed using a procedure called NUCCA (developed by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association). This procedure deals with distortions or interference in the functions of our nervous system. These distortions can be due to injury, trauma, or irritation in our craniocervical junction. This junction comprises parts of the skull’s surface, the atlas and axis bones of the upper cervical spine, including tissues and muscles that connect our skull to the spine.
It is key to understand that our spine acts as a network for electrochemical currents that provide our body power. From the brain to other parts of the body, there is a continuous interplay of brain signals that enable us to think, move, and feel.
When the top of the spine (or the upper cervical spine region) is misaligned or injured, the network’s current flow is disturbed. The body’s ability to function properly, including maintaining balance and control, are weakened.
NUCCA Chiropractic to Address The Root of Vertigo
A neck trauma or injury might cause a misalignment in the C1 and C2 bones of the upper cervical spine. One negative effect of such a misalignment is the distortion of signals sent to the brain about a person’s movement or body position. Dizziness sets in because of the signal distortion that passes through the nerves and to the brain.
A NUCCA doctor focuses on the misalignment that affects the upper cervical spine (which is the C1 vertebra). Aside from dizziness, the misalignment also causes joint stiffness, soreness, loss of balance, numbness or tingling, and reduced neck motion.
The NUCCA procedure can be done to carefully adjust the upper cervical spine back to its ideal position and alignment. In the process, the brain and the body’s communication go back to their proper setting. The combined positive result is relief from spinning or any form of dizziness.
Find the NUCCA chiropractor in your area to help with your vertigo.