What Causes Dizziness?

Dizziness can be both an annoying and puzzling symptom. Many disorders can cause dizziness, from ear infections to disorders of circulation. However, an often overlooked cause is joint misalignment or "dysfunction" in the neck.

Dizziness that originates from the neck comes from nerve receptors in the spinal joints called "proprioceptors." These nerve endings sense the position of the spine and help the inner ear coordinate overall posture and balance. Just as disturbance of the inner ear from infection can cause dizziness, over stimulation of the proprioceptive nerve endings in the neck from joint dysfunction can cause the same symptoms.


Studies Show Great Success

In patients who had dizziness that came from the neck, researchers had an approximate 80 percent success rate treating these patients with spinal manipulation or adjustments. They concluded that joint dysfunction in the neck is a common cause of headache in the upper neck and the back of the head, and that in some patients, this will be accompanied by dizziness. They further concluded that spinal manipulation or adjustments are an effective means of resolving these symptoms in many patients.

We Have A Great Approach To Help

In our office we utilize the best chiropractic care has to offer to get even faster and more complete results.

Anyone who has had dizziness, particularly if it is accompanied by pain in the upper neck and headache over the back of the skull, should have a functional evaluation for joint dysfunction in the neck. The cause of these symptoms will be found in many cases, and the type of chiropractic treatment we offer may bring relief to many sufferers.