Dizziness, loss of balance even vertigo can all be attributed to a dysfunction in one of three systems that aid us in balance and helps our body determine where we are in space.
Vision, proprioception, and vestibular function are all integral to balance. when one is dysfunctional, the nervous system will accommodate by accessing input from the other systems.
However sometimes a “short circuit” if you will occurs and the brain cannot determine where you are in space, and that's when you start to feel the unsteadiness or the room spinning
Not all dizziness is the same; this is a big reason why you should seek treatment no matter how insignificant you think it may be. The sensation of spinning, imbalance, or lack of coordination even lightheadedness have different causes and should be treated separately.
When you experience these symptoms, here are some key questions to ask yourself:
- Is it caused by certain position?
- Does it come on without warning or for no reason at all?
- Do I get lightheaded?
- Do I experience vision changes, blurriness?
- Do I experience balance changes while standing or walking?
If you answered yes to any of these you should seek out someone in your area for treatment.
How can Chiropractic help?
Believe it or not, there is a lot of proprioceptive information in the upper cervical muscles and joints and they play a major role in a person's perception of balance. By providing specific cervical adjustments and other neurological maneuvers symptoms can be drastically reduced.