Upper Cervical Chiropractic, a new health
care technique incorporating modern computerized
technology, has been effective in the treatment
of vertigo syndromes, such as benign paroxysmal
positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis,
and Meniere's Disease. Debbie, age 51, suffered
with one to two vertigo episodes per month
for an entire decade. She described her
benefits from upper cervical care. "Doctors
diagnosed me with labyrinthitis and prescribed
decongestants and anti-nausea medications
which I took for ten years," she said. "After
my first adjustment with Dr. Elster, I stopped
taking the decongestants and the dizziness
never returned." One year later, Debbie
remains free from vertigo symptoms and medications.
is a subjective sensation of environmental
movement, which can range from mild, transient
episodes to severe, extended attacks. Often,
vertigo is associated with nausea, vomiting,
malaise, hearing loss, tinnitus (ear ringing),
and a feeling of ear fullness or pressure.
Physicians in the United States report more
than five million vertigo visits per year,
making it among the 25 most common reasons
Americans visit a doctor. (Vestibular Disorders
Association (VEDA), 1999)
Besides viral infection of the inner ear,
one of the most common causes of vertigo
is trauma to the head or neck. (VEDA, 1999)
When a person is involved in a traumatic
event such as an auto, bike, or ski accident,
his/her upper neck vertebrae may misalign,
remaining in a stressed position. The neck
injury interferes with normal transmission
of information between the spinal cord and
brain, resulting in symptoms such as vertigo,
ear ringing, ear congestion, and nausea.
Often, a patient experiences headaches and
neck pain as a result of the same injury.
In many cases, months to years may pass
after an accident before symptoms appear.
The proper correction of the neck injury
can eliminate vertigo and associated symptoms.
of vertigo syndromes occurs by hearing tests,
examination of the middle ear, neurological
evaluation, and positional testing of the
head and neck. Benign paroxysmal positional
vertigo is usually diagnosed when head and
neck movements produce vertigo symptoms.
Meniere's and labyrinthitis, on the other
hand, have involvement of hearing loss and/or
ear congestion. Treatments offered by medical
doctors include cervical exercises and medications
for symptomatic relief of nausea and congestion.
IUCCA Upper Cervical Chiropractic Works
Upper Cervical Chiropractic works by correcting
injuries to the upper cervical spine (upper
neck), the fundamental cause of cervicogenic
vertigo syndromes. Misalignments in the
upper cervical vertebrae cause irritation
to the nerves traveling between the brain
and spinal cord resulting in vertigo symptoms.
Causes of upper neck misalignments include
traumas to the head, neck, or spine, such
as concussion, auto accidents, whiplash,
sports injuries, bike and ski falls, and
poor posture. Specific correction of misaligned
vertebrae in the upper neck removes irritation
in the central nervous system, thereby allowing
a patient's nervous system and body to heal
and resume normal function. Typical IUCCA
Upper Cervical Chiropractic treatment involves
an initial spinal exam, specific x-rays
of the upper neck, computerized thermal
spinal scans to measure neurological irritation,
and specific adjustments by hand to correct
the misaligned vertebrae in the upper neck.
History of Trauma History of trauma is consistent
with medical histories of other patients
who have responded to upper cervical chiropractic
care. In cases where a trauma has caused
a misalignment of the upper cervical spine
resulting in a wide variety of conditions
months to years later, correction of the
upper cervical spine has improved and/or
reversed those symptoms.