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How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Can Help Dizziness

Dizziness is an unpleasant feeling that disrupts equilibrium. Many individuals will encounter dizziness at some point in their lives, whether it be due to intoxication, specific medications, or engaging in spinning rides. In certain instances, dizziness can arise as a result of an underlying health issue. The frequency, duration, and intensity of these episodes can vary depending on the seriousness of the problem.

Fatigue, insomnia, migraines, autoimmune disorders, epilepsy, heart disease, and musculoskeletal conditions are among the health conditions that can contribute to dizziness.

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Symptoms of dizziness

Dizziness is marked by a sensation of light-headedness, instability, or difficulty maintaining balance. In severe instances, it may create an illusion of the surroundings spinning. Occasionally, it may be a momentary sensation, commonly referred to as a “head rush,” while in other cases, the feeling of dizziness may persist for an extended period. Excessive dizziness can induce nausea, leading to sweating and vomiting.

If you are encountering unexplained bouts of dizziness, it is advisable to reach out to your doctor for a thorough examination, as it could be indicative of underlying serious health conditions.

How the upper cervical spine affects dizziness

The upper cervical spine consists of the first seven vertebrae extending from the base of the skull to the neck. This section of the spine is in close proximity to the nerve pathways and eustachian tubes that connect to the inner ear. Imbalances or disruptions in the inner ear can significantly contribute to dizziness and balance disorders.

The neck is a delicate area, and sudden movements to the head, poor posture, or unconventional sleeping positions can result in misalignment of the vertebrae. This misalignment can lead to inflammation, swelling, or compression, which can affect the nerves and eustachian tubes.

How dizziness can be resolved through correct spinal alignment

When the C1 (atlas) vertebra becomes displaced, either due to an accident or gradual deterioration, it hampers the optimal functioning of the vestibular system. Thankfully, upper cervical chiropractic offers a natural approach to realigning the atlas bone. Skilled upper cervical chiropractors employ precise techniques to carry out this procedure. As the body positively responds to these adjustments, improvements can be experienced, and dizziness can become a thing of the past.

Foundation Chiropractic utilizes Upper Cervical Chiropractic care to fix the primary cause of various secondary conditions (symptoms). You can call our office at 813–578–5889 to schedule a complimentary consultation.


Dr. Berner does not diagnose, treat, or prevent any medical diseases or conditions; instead, he analyzes and corrects the structure of his patients with Foundational Correction to improve their overall quality of life. He works with their physicians, who regulate their medications. This blog post is not designed to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment, or services to you or any other individual. The information provided in this post or through linkages to other sites is not a substitute for medical or professional care. You should not use the information in place of a visit, consultation, or the advice of your physician or another healthcare provider. Foundation Chiropractic and Dr. Brett Berner are not liable or responsible for any advice, the course of treatment, diagnosis, or any other information, services, or product you obtain through this article or others.


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