What is Vertigo in Washington?

chiropractic care helps patients with vertigo

Vertigo in Washington is a specific type of dizziness that is characterized by the sensation of movement or spinning. This sensation creates the impression that the surrounding environment is spinning, and the individual experiences a loss of balance. Unlike lightheadedness, which can result from anxiety, low blood pressure, or low blood sugar, vertigo results from problems in the inner ear or the central nervous system. Symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, and coordination difficulties are common.

Which Part of the Brainstem is Responsible for Balance, and How can Upper Cervical Misalignment Stress It in Washington?

The brainstem plays a critical role in regulating balance and coordination. The vestibular system, located in the brainstem, is responsible for receiving information from the inner ear and processing it to maintain balance. Any interruption or interference with this function can cause vertigo. Misalignments in the upper cervical spine can compromise the function of the brainstem and lead to vertigo. The atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae, responsible for supporting the head and neck, are crucial in maintaining the stability of the skull and cervical region. Misalignments in these vertebrae can cause compression or irritation of the blood vessels and nerves that pass through the upper cervical spine region. This compression can cause a disturbance to the delicate balance of the brainstem's vestibular system, leading to vertigo.

How Upper Cervical Care Can Treat Vertigo?

Upper cervical care can effectively treat vertigo by identifying and correcting misalignments in the upper cervical spine. The chiropractor performs a detailed assessment to diagnose the specific issue and develop a personalized treatment plan to correct the problem. The care may involve gentle pressure to the affected area using low-force techniques, helping to restore balance and stability to the spine. In addition, patients engage in targeted exercises and stretches designed to enhance the function of the inner ear and vestibular system, resulting in reduced levels of vertigo.

If you or someone you know is struggling with vertigo, upper cervical care can be an effective way to manage the condition and regain control of daily life. At Palisades Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we specialize in providing customized, non-invasive care to treat the root cause of vertigo. Our team of experienced chiropractors can work with you to develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your individual needs, helping you return to a balanced, vertigo-free life. To schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services, please contact us today.

Our clinic, Palisades Upper Cervical Chiropractic is located in the NW Washington DC area, near Sibley Hospital and Chain Bridge. Our convenient location makes it easy for residents in the surrounding areas to receive high-quality, specialized care. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our services.


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