Cervical subluxation, also known as neck subluxation, is a condition where the neck muscles and joints are not functioning correctly, leading to symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, balance issues and blurred vision. There are several ways that cervical subluxation can cause these symptoms:
Impaired blood flow to the brain: When the neck muscles and joints are not functioning correctly, they can compress the blood vessels that supply blood to the brain, leading to reduced blood flow and oxygen supply. This lack of oxygen and nutrients to the brain can cause dizziness and blurred vision.
Irritation of nerves: The nerves in the neck are reflexively connected to the nerves that control eye movement and balance in the body. Any distruption of sensory input creates poor neurological output and this causes immediate and repeatable symptoms involving balance, vision, and even anxiety and depression. Additionally, the semi-circular canals in the ears are directly linked to the eye musculature and neck musculature which is responsible for balance and spatial orientation, can cause further cause dizziness and vertigo.
Abnormal proprioception: Proprioception is the body's sense of where it is in space, and it relies heavily on feedback from the rich innervation of the muscles and joints in the neck. When these structures are not functioning correctly, the brain can receive incorrect signals about the body's position, leading to dizziness, vertigo and balance disturbances.
Trigger points: Trigger points are localized areas of muscle tension that can cause pain, stiffness, and other symptoms. When trigger points are present in the neck muscles, they can refer pain and other sensations to the head and eyes, causing dizziness and blurred vision.
Cervical subluxations can cause dizziness, balance disturbances and blurred vision through a variety of mechanisms, including impaired blood flow to the brain, nerve irritation, abnormal proprioception, and trigger points. If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is essential to consult with one of our chiropractic professionals to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment. Iowa Chiropractic Clinic & Sports Injuries, PC has locations in Ankeny, Grimes, Altoona, Iowa for your scheduling convienence. Our doctors of chiropractic are trained specialist that will evaluate, diagnosis and make the most evidenced based recommendations available for your healthcare needs.