Dizziness (vertigo) can be summarized as having a miscommunication between your eyes, your brain and your body. When you spin around quickly, jelly-like fluid in your inner ear spins along with you just as quickly. Because of this, if you abruptly stop spinning the jelly-like fluid lags behind and still spins around for a short period of time. In that time, your brain is registering that your body is supposedly moving, but your eyes are telling a completely different story. Your eyes can see that you have stopped moving and are standing still, this leaves the brain-to-eye communication baffled, which leaves you with a feeling of disoriented dizziness.
As you can see, communication is vital, even when it comes to your own organs. Above, is an example of the importance of communication between your brain and your eyes; but, this is not the only way you can get vertigo. If your body cannot communicate its spatial orientation with the brain then you will not be able to tell the difference between tilting your head to the side and falling out of your chair. One of the most important types of communications for the maintenance of equilibrium is that which is transmitted by the joint receptors of the neck. When you tilt your head, neck proprioceptors (or sensors that provide information about joint angle, muscle length, and muscle tension) send a message to the brain telling it that everything is okay and that you are not falling, this should leave you with a sense of balance and equilibrium. However, if you are actually tilting your body and or falling, the neck proprioceptors do not send any message to the brain to ease its mind, therefore the brain panics and gives you the sense of falling and imbalance.
So, let’s imagine that you have a misalignment in your neck that knocks your neck proprioceptors out of whack; we can easily assume that any sudden movements or tilting will leave you with a terrible sense of dizziness, imbalance, and disorientation. Therefore, our best treatment plan would be to correct the misalignment of your neck with a chiropractic cervical adjustment to clear up the miscommunication between your neck, brain and eyes.
Though this is a common cause of vertigo in many people, this is not the only cause of vertigo. Thankfully, other chiropractic treatments can help fix multiple causes of vertigo as well. Call us to schedule a free consultation for more information and to see if this treatment could help you!