When we have a normal sense of balance, it’s not something we typically think about. We are able to rise from sitting or walk to check the mail without concern. However, for someone suffering from vertigo, these simple tasks can be exhausting, and sometimes even dangerous. The unsteadiness that comes along with a vertigo attack can also bring on nausea, vision changes, hearing problems, and difficulty focusing or concentrating.
The body achieves a sense of balance through a set of various controls:
- Sensory input from the eyes – What we see through the sensors in our eyes tell our brain how we are oriented relative to other people and objects.
- Input from joints and muscles – Our joints and muscles have sensors built in that communicate over the nerves to the brain. This helps our brain to understand where our body is positioned in space. The neck and the ankles are particularly rich in sensors – the neck tells the brain how the head is turned, and the ankles give cues about the surface you’re standing on.
- The vestibular system – The components of the vestibular system reside in the inner ear, and provide information about motion, equilibrium, and spatial orientation.
All of these pieces of information travel as signals over the nerves via the brainstem to various parts of the brain to be interpreted, and this is how we maintain our sense of balance as we go about our day.
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Caring for Vertigo Naturally
In order to gain relief from vertigo, the underlying cause must be addressed. At Upper Cervical Chiropractic of Sacramento, we look for areas of compromise within the central nervous system, which is the system responsible for sending, receiving, and interpreting input from each type of sensor mentioned above. Any disturbance or distortion of these signals can result in vertigo.
To ensure normal signaling is taking place, we must ensure that the atlas vertebra that sits at the base of the skull is properly aligned. An atlas misalignment can interfere with brainstem function, and impede the function of the vestibular apparatus of the inner ear. We use gentle and specific methods first to identify and then correct the problem. By restoring normal upper cervical alignment, the brain can begin to receive uninterrupted signals about balance, which can lead to a resolution of vertigo and its associated symptoms.
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