Hole in One Vertigo Treatment

Vertigo is a condition that affects many across the US whether it be the average American or international golf star. The statistics on vertigo show that Vertigo happens in 5-10% of people and jumps to 40% if older than 401 and Vertigo accounts for 2.5% of all emergency room visits from 1995-2004.2

There is no known singular cause of Vertigo; however it is known what parts of the body are affected. There is a system in the body which regulates orientation and balance known as the Vestibular System.3 This is a small part of the Central Nervous System (CNS) which is composed of the brain and spinal cord. The middle ear contains fluid and crystals that communicate to the CNS and brain which can get distorted causing Vertigo symptoms.

Vertigo recently headlined the golf circuit at the U.S. Open. Australian golfer Jason Day collapsed during day 2 of the tournament with a bout of Vertigo. This is not the first time that Day has had the condition as he has been battling Vertigo since 2010 with limited success.4 While having vertigo symptoms Day still managed to put up an impressive score of 6 under 66, only one stroke away from the leader. Day is currently taking medication in an effort to maintain his performance while competing.

Many patients struggling with Vertigo are just trying to make it through the week with out symptoms let alone be a top contender on the professional golf scene. Dr. Dan Spinato, is helping patients get natural relief from vertigo in San Diego California. Dr Spinato is a NUCCA Upper Cervical Chiropractor that focuses on the Atlas Bone (C1 vertebra). The Atlas bone can have a profound effect on balance issues if it is misaligned as it is connected to the Eustachian tube in the ear. In a clinical study of 60 patients with Vertigo receiving Upper Cervical Chiropractic care 48 patients had total resolution of symptoms and the remaining 12 patients had reductions in the severity of vertigo symptoms.5

When the Atlas is out of its normal position it can distort the normal function of the ear as it relates to balance. Once the Atlas is restored the communication between the inner ear, brain, and body, vertigo symptoms often resolve naturally in time.


  1. Friedman M, Hamid MA, Samy HM.. Dizziness, Vertigo, and Imbalance.. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2149881-overview (accessed 29 May 2015).
  2. Kerber KA, Meurer WJ, West BT, Fendrick AM. Dizziness presentations in U.S. emergency departments, 1995-2004. Acad Emerg Med. Aug 2008;15(8):744-50.
  3. Voron, Stephen. "The Vestibular System". University of Utah School of Medicine.
  4. Busbee J. Jason Day's vertigo update: 'I'm not thinking about falling over on my face again'. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/golf-devil-ball-golf/jason-day-s-vertigo-update---i-m-not-thinking-about-falling-over-on-my-face-again-164446234.html (accessed 17 June 2015).
  5. Elster E. Sixty patients with chronic vertigo undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxation: a retrospective analysis. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Nov. 8, 2006:1-9.

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NUCCA Chiropractic Care

What is NUCCA
The National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA) is an organization of Doctors of Chiropractic dedicated to patient care, education and research.

Spinal health care using the NUCCA procedures focuses on detecting and correcting a small misalignment in the upper neck area. Gentle, non-invasive adjustments don’t require any turning, twisting or popping.

Your upper cervical spine (neck) area influences all areas of your body. Injury or chronic misalignments can cause headaches, migraines, neck pain, low back pain, weakness and more.

The NUCCA technique is currently offered by less than 1% of all the Doctors of Chiropractic.

Before the NUCCA procedure can be performed, I will sit down with you and discuss your history and symptoms. If I determine that NUCCA can help, a thorough examination and x-rays will be done. A complete report of your findings and treatment options will be discussed. 

First adjustment
Precision x-rays are taken of the spine before any treatment begins. The adjustment is performed with the patient lying on their side and the doctor applying a very light pressure behind the earlobe. A full demonstration can be seen on the video above.

The NUCCA procedure can be summed up with 5 major distinctions as compared to traditional Chiropractic:

  • Gentle adjustment to the neck with no turning, twisting or popping.
  • Precision x-rays to measure before and after corrections.
  • Total body posture and balance improvement
  • Greater stability to the spine
  • Hold adjustments longer with fewer visits

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