January 29

Natural Treatment for Vertigo

About Upper Cervical Chiropractic


Natural Treatment for Vertigo

Your life was going along just as it always has, then one day you turned your head, and the world started spinning around you. You have Vertigo. It is a form of dizziness.

  • Symptoms of vertigo include a sensation of disorientation or motion, which may be accompanied by nausea or vomitingsweating, or abnormal eye movements. Other symptoms of vertigo may include hearing loss and a ringing sensation in the ears, visual disturbances, weakness, difficulty speaking, a decreased level of consciousness, and difficulty walking.
  •  Medical treatments for vertigo include self-care home remedies, medications, and physical therapy maneuvers.
  • The prognosis for vertigo depends on the cause. Some cases of vertigo are self-limiting, meaning they will go away on their own. If the vertigo persists, then there may be another, more complicated issue.(1)



Dr. Michael Burcon, DC  an Upper Cervical Spine specialist and  foremost authority on vertigo and Meniere’s disease, has formed a direct connection between injury to the upper neck and these symptoms. Techniquely  speaking, injury to the head/neck area causes a cervical subluxation complex which is comprised of vertebral joint fixation with the skull positioned anteriorly and tilted or translated laterally, creating neurogenic inflammation resulting in peripheral autonomic nervous system sympathetic irritation, reduced vertebral artery blood and CSF flow, increased mandibular branch CN V motor activity affecting the tensor veli palatini, causing Eustachian tube and TMJ dysfunction and irritation to the nucleus of CNVIII.

It takes an average of 15 years from the time of the trauma before the onset of symptoms. So a trauma from over a decade or so prior, may be the cause of your vertigo. All of the following conditions exhibit hyper-activation of the Trigeminal ganglion when symptomatic on PET scan:

Meniere’s disease

Migraine headache

Trigeminal neuralgia

Glossopharyngeal neuralgia

Bell’s palsy

Additionally, patients with one of these conditions are twice as likely to experience another one of these conditions in their lifetime.

More than 9 out of 10 benefit from specific upper cervical chiropractic care.(2)

How Can Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic Help?

Upper cervical chiropractic care is when the doctor of chiropractic focuses their adjusting on the upper neck region of the spine. Referenced sometimes as the cranium-cervical junction, these unique set of bones in your spine are subject to unique stresses because of their shape and function (allowing you to turn your head in different directions). These bones, named Atlas (C1) and Axis (C2), also support your skull and brain your entire life. Upper cervical chiropractic requires extra training.

The joints and bone structure of the upper neck are naturally formed and shaped differently in every person.  With the use of a specific set of x-rays, the Blair upper cervical chiropractic adjustment is lighter because it leverages physics and mathematic measurements to conform to each patient’s joint formation. Without the need for rapid twisting, cracking or popping, patients typically need to get adjusted fewer times and can hold their adjustments longer.

It is not uncommon that those that seek upper cervical chiropractic care have tried other chiropractors and not made the progress they would like to see. Others, prefer lighter adjusting styles. Patients with complaints like neck pain seek upper cervical care earlier, but others with headaches, migraines, vertigo, seizures have also had success in having their upper cervical health of their spine checked.



(2) Dr. Michael Burcon; International Research and Philosophy Symposium (IRAPS)

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