Written by Dr. Matthew Alvord DC, DPhCS
Is looking for the cause of your vertigo making your head spin? There are various causes of balance and dizziness issues, but a common one is often overlooked by the best doctors in the world and for good reason; it isn’t even in your head. Over half of all the nerves going to your head are coming from your spine, so your head is completely dependent on proper signals coming from somewhere other than your head. As it turns out, dizziness is often not a head problem and yet your spine could feel fine. This is like the oil light shining on the dashboard but the engine appears fine. The problem and its solution isn’t always obvious and the world is full of dashboard experts. Chiropractic is different.
Chiropractors work with your engine.
The bones of your spine are called vertebrae because the root word “vert” means to turn or spin. When these bones turn into misalignments, they often cause interference of the spinal nerves they protect within them. These “spinning bones” can also make you feel like your entire body is spinning and, as you probably know already, that isn’t good. Chiropractors call these misalignments spinal subluxations and they are the only professionals specifically trained to find and adjust them. Now to be clear, there is no adjustment for vertigo or any other condition for that matter because chiropractic doesn’t treat anything. But when spinal subluxations are adjusted, the body can communicate normally with the brain again and that’s exactly what you want.
Your entire body works better with chiropractic but your balance centers are a major function affected by it. Your nervous system controls your relationship to gravity and movement so when this system is compromised, so goes your ability to balance properly. As you can imagine, that will cause vertigo and dizziness when the spinal bones in your back or neck turn just the wrong way. While treating the dashboard, a common side effect of a common vertigo drug is dizziness. It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world. On the contrary, the only side effect of chiropractic is a better version of you. If you feel like your condition is spinning out of control, make sure to have your spine checked for this specific interference by a chiropractor so you can go from spinning to winning.