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Vertigo and Balance Problems – How You Can Cope

Vertigo episodes can cause a lot of problems. If you’re out at work or doing chores, you might end up slipping or tripping because of the sudden spinning sensation. It can also impact your life, especially if you have frequent and severe attacks.

Have you ever wondered what causes vertigo episodes? Studies show that it all boils down to a defect or problem in the inner ear. Your ability to perceive balance and motion stems from the small structures of your inner ears. Let’s get to the bottom of vertigo and balance problems and how you can address both by going to a vertigo chiropractor in Fremont, CA.


Explaining Your Sense of Balance

Many people tend to take their sense of balance for granted, unknowing of its importance in performing everyday tasks. Having the ability to sense balance correctly could influence how you do certain activities such as walking, running, and doing household chores.

If your system isn’t working well, you might suffer from an accident. It could also cause you to feel false motion, making you believe that you’re moving around even if you’re still. This causes the condition we all refer to as vertigo. 

Some of the common signs that you have a problem with your ability to sense motion and balance include the following: 

  • Vertigo 
  • Dizziness
  • Visual aura
  • Hearing difficulty
  • Problems in remembering or concentrating


How The Brain Senses Balance and Motion

Now you might have in mind, how can a vertigo chiropractor in Fremont, CA help? What does your condition have to do with your brain’s ability to perceive your head’s orientation and movement? 

When we refer to balance, we refer to the body’s ability to keep an upright position to provide enough support. If all the body parts involved in keeping your balance works properly, you won’t have a problem walking around. You can also assess your head’s orientation correctly. If you’re moving, your brain can gauge how fast or far you’ve moved.

There are a lot of processes involved to help you perceive movement and changes in orientation. These include:

  • Input from your senses (touch, changes in motion, and spatial orientation)
  • Integration of input from your senses
  • Motor output coming from your eyes and muscles

Certain factors, such as aging, injury, and diseases, can impact your ability to process such sensory input. If you have these risk factors, your brain might have problems in processing the transmitted signals. This could result in a spinning sensation or disorientation.

Check out how the brain sends and processes signals below: 

  • Sensory output

To maintain balance, your body needs to send signals into the brain. These nerve impulses come from three sources - your eyes, the vestibular system in the inner ears, and your joints and muscles. 

  • Visual cues from the eyes

The eyes contain receptors referred to as cones and rods. These allow you to see the light and detect colors. The visual signals from these receptors will enable you to maintain your balance while moving around your environment. 

  • Signals from joints and muscles

The sensation you feel when stretching your hands, legs or other parts of the body also helps you assess your head’s orientation and movement. It can help you determine if you should adjust your posture, lift your legs, walk faster, or lean forward. 

  • Signals from the vestibular organ

Your vestibular system helps you process information that concerns your movement, spatial orientation, and equilibrium. Safely tucked in the inner portion of the ear, you have tiny structures called saccule, semicircular canals, and utricles. These three work hand in hand so you can detect head movements. The fluid within your vestibular system also plays a part in sensing movements and the head’s position. Once these parts get stimulated, they transmit signals for your brain to process.


Piecing Things Together

Once the organs listed above get stimulated, they send signals that travel through the nerves, the brainstem, and the brain. The cerebellum, the specific part of your brain in charge of coordinating and sorting out information, processes these signals. It also allows you to know how you should respond to these signals based on repeated exposure or other stored information inside your brain. 

If everything works properly, you won’t have difficulty keeping your balance or perceiving changes in motion or acceleration. However, if something goes wrong with the organs involved, you may experience the symptoms such as vertigo attacks.  


The Neck Bone’s Structure and Vertigo

Now we’ll try to connect your neck’s structure with your vertigo episodes. This will help you determine how you can benefit from going to a vertigo chiropractor in Fremont, CA.

As we’ve discussed earlier, the transmission and processing of signals play a pivotal role in reducing your symptoms. In some patients, especially those with a history of brain and neck trauma, the upper neck bones got misaligned. This puts much pressure on the spine and your brainstem, your sensory organ’s pathway to the brain. It impairs your ability to process signals correctly, tricking your brain into thinking that you’re moving even when you’re completely still.  

With the help of a professional vertigo chiropractor in Fremont, CA, you get to assess if you do have neck bone misalignment. If you have a neck structure problem, an upper cervical doctor can help you restore the bones’ normal position.

Get your neck bones checked today for misalignment and receive proper upper cervical chiropractic care to begin your recovery from vertigo attacks. Let us help you experience relief from your symptoms so you can bring back the joy in your life. Set an appointment with us through our website form or call 510-319-3119.


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