Who can Help with Upper Cervical Dizziness
Upper cervical care is a specialty area of clinical focus within both physical therapy and chiropractic care.
The adjustment is really tricky due to the delicate structures of the head, neck, blood vessels, and brainstem that are so closely intertwined in the upper cervical area.
For example, I assess for upper cervical dizziness during my history taking phone calls and initial exams.
However, I would not attempt to treat this problem since it requires specialized orthopedic manual therapy skills for upper cervical care.
I refer to a highly skilled orthopedic manual physical therapist to help with upper cervical dizziness.
For my patients who prefer chiropractic care, I have a few favorite local chiropractors I trust as well to help with upper cervical dizziness.
Physical Therapy Can Help
Physical therapists with orthopedic manual therapy training in the head, neck, and jaw may be able to help.
You may need manual therapy adjustments to help with upper cervical dizziness.
The physical therapist may also teach you exercises for stretching and strengthening of your muscles to help with upper cervical dizziness.
You may need postural retraining if you have forward rounded posture or another posture problem.
The physical therapist may be able to determine if another orthopedic problem somewhere else in your body is causing the upper cervical issues.
For example, having one leg longer than the other or scoliosis can cause recurring upper cervical alignment problems.
For more on the potential root causes of upper cervical dizziness, click here.
Chiropractic Care Can Help with Upper Cervical Dizziness
Chiropractors who have upper cervical specialty training may be able to help with upper cervical dizziness.
For my patients who prefer chiropractors over physical therapists for spinal care, I refer to a select few local upper cervical chiropractors who are trained in one of the following methods:
- Blair technique
Remember that the chiropractor must have special training in upper cervical care.
TMJ Specialist May be Needed Too
TMJ issues may also be related to upper cervical issues, so you may need to see a TMJ specialist if you have jaw problems too.
You might need orthodontic care or a night splint to help with jaw problems that are contributing to upper cervical dizziness.
How Do I Know When I Need Upper Cervical Care?
I know when my C1 bone goes out of alignment because I start getting lightheaded, with recurring headaches, neck tension, and jaw pain. I may also experience brief dizzy spells that are more intense and tinnitus.
After my C1 is treated by a manual physical therapist, the baseline lightheadedness is resolved, the headaches are fewer and less severe, and the tension in my neck and jaw pain is gone. The dizzy spells and tinnitus typically improve also.
This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.