What Every Sufferer Should Know. . .
If you’ve ever had a pounding headache that ruins your day, makes you unproductive at work, or gets you sick to your stomach, than this letter may be very important to you.
Are you plagued with episodes of dizziness and vertigo?
And, then this letter is even more important if you’ve sought help elsewhere and are still suffering.
Many people aren’t aware of the relationship between upper cervical (neck) trauma and vertigo. With all that modern science has accomplished, there are still more unanswered questions than answered ones. This is also true in the case of vertigo (dizziness) research. It’s been difficult to pinpoint the exact reason(s) why certain people suffer vertigo. However, research is beginning to point toward upper cervical trauma as an underlying cause for many types of vertigo, including Meniere’s disease, Disembarkment Syndrome, and Benign Position Vertigo.
A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.
Don’t Make this mistake: Many people falsely assume that their headaches are not coming from their neck because they are not experiencing any neck pain. The nervous system is a complex and funny thing: a nerve can be “pinched” one way and you feel pain and it can be “pinched” another way and you might feel a headache or some other abnormal manifestation. Chiropractors are highly trained in identifying misaligned vertebrae that could be causing your nervous system to function abnormally. A 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that spinal manipulative therapy is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.
What about the pain, dizziness & headache connection? In some cases all three of these problems could be caused by a pinched nerve in the neck. Depending on how the nerve(s) may be “pinched” a person may have one, two or all three of these manifestations. If you have already had a medical workup and possibly already seen one or more specialists with minimal to no relief or are simply looking for a possible drug free alternative: then you local Maitland Chiropractor would be happy to evaluate you to determine if your health concern could be stemming from a misaligned vertebrae in your spine.
Of course there are other causes of pain, dizziness, vertigo and headaches than what is listed here. That is why it is so important that you have a comprehensive examination by a physician, chiropractic and/or medical.
Don’t make the mistake of skipping this opportunity just because you don’t have any pain or because some doctor told you your spinal x-ray was “normal.” Misaligned vertebrae are more frequently diagnosed by a chiropractor from a physical examination than off of an x-ray. While x-rays can be very important diagnostic tool, remember they are only a very brief “snap-shot” moment in time and your body is constantly changing. Call your Maitland and Winter Park Chiropractor today—to see if chiropractic can help with your health concern!
Since 1895, chiropractic has helped people when other methods have often failed. Of course, all people respond differently to care.
1 McCrory DC, et al. “Evidence Report: Behavioral and Physical Treatments for Tension-type and Cervicogenic Headache.” Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center, Durham, North Carolina, January 2001.