When you are not moving, but it feels like everything else around you is moving, you might be experiencing a temporary sensation called vertigo. When you were a kid, if you ever spun around, in order to get dizzy, that was self-induced vertigo.
Well, it depends on whether it's peripheral and central. If it's central, the cause is in your brain or spine. If it's peripheral, the problem can be in your inner ear or the nerves that supply the inner ear. That doesn't tell you much. Well, if you can answer yes to one of these questions, then you will have a better understanding of your vertigo.
If you suffer from vertigo, and you can answer yes to any of the above, your condition is likely due to problems with your inner ear or the nerves that go into your inner ear. Though, two important things to note here are just because you experience these dizzy spells and can answer yes to any of the above, does not mean there is a correlation.
Head and neck injuries that affect the brain and also the nerves that supply the inner ear have been linked to misalignments of the upper neck. Misalignments of the upper neck can be very difficult to correct and less they are thoroughly evaluated by three-dimensional x-rays. Upper cervical chiropractors routinely perform these types of examinations when determining how best to help someone that is struggling with vertigo.
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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.
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:
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