Chiropractic Care for Dizziness

Chiropractor Kennesaw GeorgiaVertigo is the technical name for dizziness, especially the type where it feels like the room, or the patient, is spinning. Most people are familiar with this feeling. It often accompanies colds and sinus congestion. A very common cause is fluid buildup or infection of the inner ear, because the brain depends on the ear for balance and position input.

But the inner ears are not the only cause of vertigo, because they are not the sole source of balance information to the brain. Another source are the joints and muscles of the neck. It is thought that the inner ear is responsible for motion and position sense about the head itself, and the neck supplies information about the relation between the head and the body. Because the brain relies on both, problems with either one can give you vertigo.

The neck structures most likely to cause vertigo are a muscle called the sternocleidomastoid (SCM) and the uppermost joints of the spine. Trigger points in the SCM muscle have been shown to produce all kinds of symptoms, including tearing of the eye, headache, sinus congestion, ear and jaw pain, pain with swallowing and vertigo. The joints of the neck also have strong effects on the whole head region, with similar effects.

These problems are typically overlooked, because most doctors evaluating a dizzy patient only look to the ear, and miss the connection with the neck. Problems can be present without any neck pain. It takes a doctor or therapist such as a chiropractor who has been trained to look for these mechanical problems to detect them.

If you suffer from dizziness, schedule an appointment at our chiropractic office in Kennesaw with Dr. Todd Supnick. Phone us at 770-262-1909 or use the convenient “Contact Us” feature on our website.


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