Posture / Balance Problems

Research into trauma-induced vertigo reveals that people who have had injuries to the head and neck, such as whiplash, are more likely to benefit from spinal adjustments.

One chiropractor reviewed 60 cases of chronic, trauma-induced vertigo that she treated over an 8-year period. Of these patients, 56 recalled having experienced trauma to the head and neck prior to developing symptoms. All these patients responded favorably to chiropractic adjustments to the upper cervical area. And 48 patients (80%) were completely symptom-free after one to six months of chiropractic care.

In another study, a research group followed 50 vertigo patients through orthopedic assessment, then treatment for their symptoms. Of the 50 patients, 31 were identified as having cervical spine dysfunction. The other 19 did not show signs of this problem. When the patients with cervical dysfunction were treated with manipulation and mobili-zation of the cervical spine, 24 patients (77%) improved, and 5 patients were symptom-free.

In the other group, which did not receive manipulation because cervical spine dysfunction could not be identi¬fied – only 5 patients saw improvement (26%). And no one in this group became fully free of vertigo symptoms.

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