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How are vertigo, neck pain, and headaches related?

Vertigo, neck pain, and headaches are all symptoms that can be experienced after neck injuries. These symptoms can remain for years after the injury. The upper neck is very sensitive and has many important roles to play in the body. When the upper neck is subluxated, the patient often experiences headaches and is out of balance.

The following case study highlights a patient who had vertigo, neck pain, and headaches immediately following a car accident. She suffered a rear end collision while waiting at a stop. These symptoms last 3 years before she was able to properly address them with the Chiropractor. The patient presented to the Chiropractic office due to her neck pain, but over the course of care the other symptoms where mentioned. Through the ninth visit, the patient's balance was restored, her headaches were gone, and her neck had improved greatly.

The following are some of my favourite excerpts and a summary of a 2019 Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research article titled:
Resolution of vertigo, neck pain, and headache following Chiropractic Care: A Case study & Review of the literature.

"The rationale behind how whiplash injuries cause vertigo is based on the idea that post-traumatic modifications in the proprioceptive input, along with cervicalgia, will alter the proprioceptive input into the cerebellum and cause subsequent damage to the vestibular-spinal reflex."

"It is postulated that when the neck is in chronic pain, such as in a post-traumatic situation, and the cerebellum is compromised, the vestibular-occular reflex will not integrate properly into the brain. This will lead to a sense of vertigo and issues with balance. Simply put, if the eye movements are not properly coordinated and therefore vision is not perceived accurately, vertigo will inevitably result. This concept will prove to be especially important in the outcome of this case."

"The interventions utilized in this case had notably positive outcomes on the patient’s complaints in most every aspect of her symptomatology. It was shown that the use of a functional neurological approach in conjunction with chiropractic care can be of efficacious benefit to patients suffering from vertigo and other whiplash associated disorders."

"In summary, a whiplash injury will cause negative neuroplastic changes in the brain due to the altered proprioception from cervical subluxation as a result of the injury. Using chiropractic care, as well as specific neurological exercises, the patient’s cervical subluxation, as well as negative neuroplastic changes causing subsequent vestibular dysfunction, can be alleviated and improved"

The author summarizes the Dysafferentation Model of Subluxation Correction in this patient's experience as:

" This patient was suffering from inappropriate sensory information from her cervical spine, resulting in inappropriate output manifesting as vertigo, inaccurate eye movements, and possibly even as her hypertension."


What Chiropractic Techniques were used to help this patient?

The Chiropractor used Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique as well as functional neurology methods to assist this patient in recovering.

I hope this information makes you curious about the importance of the neck with regards to injury and recovery. Read more about the topic of vertigo, and meniere's disease by following the links.

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Vertigo, Neck Pain, and Headaches

How are vertigo, neck pain, and headaches related?

Vertigo, neck pain, and headaches are all symptoms that can be experienced after neck injuries. These symptoms can remain for years after the injury. The upper neck is very sensitive and has many important roles to play in the body. When the upper neck is subluxated, the patient often experiences headaches and is out of balance.

The following case study highlights a patient who had vertigo, neck pain, and headaches immediately following a car accident. She suffered a rear end collision while waiting at a stop. These symptoms last 3 years before she was able to properly address them with the Chiropractor. The patient presented to the Chiropractic office due to her neck pain, but over the course of care the other symptoms where mentioned. Through the ninth visit, the patient’s balance was restored, her headaches were gone, and her neck had improved greatly.

The following are some of my favourite excerpts and a summary of a 2019 Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research article titled:
Resolution of vertigo, neck pain, and headache following Chiropractic Care: A Case study & Review of the literature.

“The rationale behind how whiplash injuries cause vertigo is based on the idea that post-traumatic modifications in the proprioceptive input, along with cervicalgia, will alter the proprioceptive input into the cerebellum and cause subsequent damage to the vestibular-spinal reflex.”

“It is postulated that when the neck is in chronic pain, such as in a post-traumatic situation, and the cerebellum is compromised, the vestibular-occular reflex will not integrate properly into the brain. This will lead to a sense of vertigo and issues with balance. Simply put, if the eye movements are not properly coordinated and therefore vision is not perceived accurately, vertigo will inevitably result. This concept will prove to be especially important in the outcome of this case.”

“The interventions utilized in this case had notably positive outcomes on the patient’s complaints in most every aspect of her symptomatology. It was shown that the use of a functional neurological approach in conjunction with chiropractic care can be of efficacious benefit to patients suffering from vertigo and other whiplash associated disorders.”

“In summary, a whiplash injury will cause negative neuroplastic changes in the brain due to the altered proprioception from cervical subluxation as a result of the injury. Using chiropractic care, as well as specific neurological exercises, the patient’s cervical subluxation, as well as negative neuroplastic changes causing subsequent vestibular dysfunction, can be alleviated and improved”

The author summarizes the Dysafferentation Model of Subluxation Correction in this patient’s experience as:

” This patient was suffering from inappropriate sensory information from her cervical spine, resulting in inappropriate output manifesting as vertigo, inaccurate eye movements, and possibly even as her hypertension.”


What Chiropractic Techniques were used to help this patient?

The Chiropractor used Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique as well as functional neurology methods to assist this patient in recovering.

I hope this information makes you curious about the importance of the neck with regards to injury and recovery. Read more about the topic of vertigo, and meniere’s disease by following the links.

Resolution Of Neck Pain

Resolution Of Neck Pain, Numbness, And Frozen Shoulder With Activator Chiropractic Care

This case study is of a 67 year old man who was suffering with neck pain, arm numbness, and a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis).  The neck pain and right arm numbness had been there for 2 years and the left shoulder had been frozen for 20 years.  This Chiropractic patient regained full shoulder motion and had almost no neck pain in one month of Chiropractic care!

Imagine if he had received Chiropractic care earlier?

Imagine what his life would be like if he wasn’t suffering for 20 years? 2 years?

It is great to see these case studies in the new research as it highlights a real patients experience and impact on their life.  I frequently see patients in Mississauga with frozen shoulder, neck pain, and arm numbness respond well to Activator Methods Chiropractic care.  The nice thing with these case studies is that you can share the patient encounter with the World.  This particular study in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research happened in New Zealand at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, and I am sharing it with my Chiropractic patients in Mississauga – Amazing.

 What Chiropractic Technique was used in this research study?

The Chiropractic technique that was used in this study was the Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique.  This is the Chiropractic technique that I use in my Mississauga office for my patients. It is a great way to specifically adjust the spine while remaining gentle.

Dr. Callum Peever – Mississauga Chiropractor at Erin Mills Optimum Health

Chiropractic from Head to Toe: NECK PAIN

NECK PAIN

HOT OFF THE PRESS – Recent news results in the same conclusions as the old news: Chiropractic is the most effective tool for neck pain!

According to a recent study,published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2012, Chiropractic is still head and shoulders above medical options when it comes to the treatment of neck pain.  In this study, researchers randomly allocated 272 patients with acute or sub-acute neck pain to one of three groups: Chiropractic care, medical care (prescriptions) or home exercises with advice.  Treatments were administered as needed, for up to a maximum of 12 weeks.

Chiropractic results were obtained in an average of only 6 patients visits over the 12 week period. Treatments included Chiropractic adjustments. Medical treatments included prescriptions for symptoms, which usually comprised of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories, and/or Acetominophen. Muscle-relaxants or narcotics were also occasionally prescribed when the first options were ineffective.

Chiropractic adjustments can often immediately reduce the painful pressure and irritation of joints, nerves and surrounding soft tissue caused by vertebral subluxations.  To prolong the benefits of Chiropractic care, stretching and exercising is a logical choice – as it can help to maintain a better state of relaxation in the nervous system, plus augment the strength and flexibility of the spine, which can aid in preventing painful misalignments and imbalances of the neck.

Regular Chiropractic care, plus an ongoing regimen of stretches and exercises (at a reasonable frequency and duration), is your best bet for a healthy, pain-free neck!

Learn more about postures that can keep your neck moving and feeling its best!

Learn more about how sleeping can create that pain in your neck!

About Erin Mills Optimum Health

Erin Mills Optimum Health is a true wellness centre with team of Naturopathic chiropractors & specialists working together to provide the optimum health experience. Our clinic, which has been continually enhancing and expanding since 1977, has 4 Doctors of Chiropractic, 2 Naturopathic Doctors, a Chiropodist/Foot Doctor, 3 Registered Massage Therapists and a Reflexologist.

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Chiropractic Care after a Car Accident

Chiropractic Care after a Car Accident

When it comes to car accidents, paramedics are often the first health care professionals who attend to your needs.  Their job is to assess whether you should be rushed to the hospital for immediate medical treatment or deal with any life-threatening injuries right on the scene.  Fractures, concussions, lacerations and other potential internal injuries will necessitate your escorted trip to the hospital.
Some people encounter pain and tension right away. For others, the symptoms may get worse over time. This typically results in the neck moving very rapidly through an excessive range of motion, contributing to hyperflexion-hyperextension injuries that can affect soft tissues in the neck as well as joint capsules and intervertebral discs. Whiplash is the name often associated with car accident neck injuries.

Depending upon the degree of injury, your recommended course of action will differ. To determine what you should do, first consult with your Chiropractor. Chiropractors are MSK specialists. They have the know-how to assess and treat almost any problem related to the nerves, muscles, joints and connective tissues of the spine.

Your Chiropractor will conduct a physical assessment of you and determine the best course of action.

Contact our Mississauga Chiropractic office for help in recovering from your car accident.

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