5 Common Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo, Meniere's Disease, Hydrops, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Ringing Ears, Dizzy, DizzinessVertigo episodes can be severely disabling. Being unable to drive, complete daily tasks, or even spend time with loved ones can greatly affect quality of life during attacks. Common conditions or events that can lead to vertigo include the following:

  • Head injuries – car accidents, concussions, other head traumas
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Certain medications
  • Recent ear infection

Management of vertigo traditionally includes physical therapy and/or medication. These solutions may be effective in the short-term, but they do not address a potential root cause of vertigo.
Vertigo and Your Spine
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 joint position signals going to and from your brainstem, potentially leading to vertigo symptoms.

The doctors of HP Spine Center are trained in Orthospinology, a precise chiropractic procedure that detects and corrects atlas misalignments. Orthospinology is a very specific and gentle chiropractic technique that does not involve any twisting, popping, or cracking. Through 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.

Mayheu et al. described a case of a 23-year-old female patient that presented with vertigo symptoms 5 months following a concussion. After receiving a specific atlas adjustment, she realized her vertigo symptoms disappeared. After two months of care, she stated that she had complete resolution of her vertigo since her first atlas correction.

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  3.  Mayheu A, Sweat M. Upper cervical chiropractic care of a patient with post concussion syndrome, positional vertigo, and headaches. J Upper Cerv Chiro Res 2011; 2011(January): http://www.mccoypress.net/juccr/docs/2011-1056_post_concussion.pdf (accessed 18 April 2016).

Distinguishing A Headache From a Migraine

Migraines, Headaches, Migraine, Headache, Children, Natural ReliefHeadaches can range from annoying to terrible, but how do you know when that headache is actually a migraine?

  • Migraines are pulsating and are usually confined to one side of the head/face.
  • Some migraines are preceded by an aura, visual disturbances that appear as spots, flickering lights, or lines.  Auras typically last less between 5 and 60 minutes and subside for about an hour before the headache pain sets in.
  • Some migraine sufferers experience sinus problems along with an episode, including a stuffy or runny nose and tearing of the eyes.
  • The pain of migraines can present right behind the eye, which may lead some people to visit their eye doctor.
  • Migraines can be accompanied by neck pain, either as a warning sign that an attack is on the way or after the episode subsides.

No matter what type of a headache you’re experiencing, if it’s more than the rare event, chances are it’s negatively impacted your life in one realm or another.  People with chronic headaches take more time off of work, aren’t able to enjoy quality time with their families, and don’t socialize as often.  While medications may help bring you through an attack, they provide temporary relief at best.  Many people are looking for an alternative to the usual treatment routes and have found their way to HP Spine Center.

The upper cervical approach we take is unique because we are able to locate and correct the root cause of many people’s headache conditions.  When the topmost vertebra in the neck, the atlas, misaligns, it prevents normal blood and spinal fluid flow.  It also obstructs normal nervous system function.  Orthospinology is an extremely gentle and precise way of correcting atlas misalignments and restoring function to the systems of the body.  In this manner, people are able to achieve lasting relief from chronic headache conditions.

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How to Get Relief after Concussion

Chiropractor Atlanta helps Concussion, Post-concussion, Head Pain, Headache, Headaches, Migraines, Migraine, Whiplash, Neck Injury

Chiropractor Atlanta Helps Concussion Sufferers

When someone suffers a concussion which they may not even be aware of, he or she may get symptoms of post-concussion-syndrome that last for an extended period of time. It does not have to be an intense injury to cause this problem. There is no connection between how hard a person was hit compared to whether or not they will develop post-concussion-syndrome. Concussions related to injuries during sporting events are estimated to be up to 3.8 million in the USA. This makes post-concussion-syndrome a problem of top priority among public health authorities.

It is normal for people suffering from post-concussion-syndrome to have headaches. This makes sense since the original injury was probably a blow to the head. If headaches continue to occur after the concussion, it is possible that they have post-concussion-syndrome. How is this treated?

Medical doctors generally focus on relieving symptoms. This often includes prescription drugs to help with headaches, feeling off-balance, feeling anxious, and issues with getting regular sleep. These may help a person feel better temporarily, but the root of the problem still lies undetected. Where can a person find long-lasting relief?

Upper cervical chiropractors have been having success in treating post-concussion-syndrome patients. These chiropractors are unlike the traditional chiropractors you may be familiar with. They are specially trained to analyze and find a misalignment in the bones that are in the uppermost part of the neck. This misalignment very possibly happened when the concussion occurred.

Because this misalignment can cause many problems with the nervous system, it is vital that it is addressed by a professional. Many patients have seen a decrease in symptoms, or even a total reversal of symptoms, after only a few adjustments. Once the misalignment is corrected, healing can take place, bringing the person back to a healthier and happier existence.

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