September 20, 2017

When you have endured an injury to your head or neck, you may develop other health problems that you do not realize are related. Things such as vertigo, dizziness, and disequilibrium (feeling off balance) may occur. These may happen due to a dysfunction of the ears or the balancing system that came about when you hit your head.

How the Brainstem Can Cause Dizziness

The top two vertebrae of the upper neck – the C1 (axis) and C2 (atlas) – make up part of the upper cervical spine. These bones are designed to protect the brainstem from damage. However, if they move out of alignment, they can actually put stress on the brainstem, causing it to malfunction and affecting other systems of the body as well. The heavy head, weighing as much as 14 pounds, sits on top of these vertebrae. If it is not level, the body compensates by twisting and shifting the spine to keep it level with the horizon line. This is called the righting reflex and works at keeping you in proper balance. This can further str...

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