Understanding Disequilibrium and Where to Find Help

Posted in Balance Disorder on Mar 19, 2017

Many people simply use the term dizziness when referring to such things as disequilibrium. This can be misleading, however, because this term is also used when referring to vertigo and lightheadedness. Therefore, in order to be able to get the proper help from a professional, it is important to know the difference between these terms.

Is it Disequilibrium or Vertigo?

Vertigo is a feeling of movement when there is, in fact, no movement. It often feels as if the person or the things around him are spinning. Vertigo can also be used to describe an inaccurate sensation of motion, such as feeling as though one is moving backward when actually moving forward.

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Disequilibrium, on the other hand, is feeling as though one is about to fall and cannot move without assistance. He may feel as if the ground is tilting or like he is floating above it. It is often connected to the vestibular system that is made up of such important mechanisms as the vestibulocochlear nerve and the inner ear.

What Does Disequilibrium Have to Do with the Neck?

Much research has been done that reveals a head or neck injury often occurs before the onset of disequilibrium. This is due to the fact that when an injury of this type occurs, the bones of the upper neck can easily misalign and communication between the body and brain is often disrupted.

Signals are misconstrued, and the brain reacts as if the body is moving when it is not, leading to the symptoms of disequilibrium. If one has experienced a fall, an accident, or any kind of trauma to the head or neck – even if it was in the distant past – it is important to visit an upper cervical chiropractor to be evaluated.

Using a gentle technique, the bones of the neck can be realigned, leading the body to repair the damage. To schedule a complimentary consultation call our North Lakes Queensland office at 07-3188-9329 

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