Cervicogenic dizziness, one of the many different kinds of dizziness, is caused by a disorder in the neck, involving tight muscles and some mechanical dysfunction. Doctors usually try to rule out other causes of dizziness before giving this diagnosis, since cervicogenic dizziness shares many symptoms with other medical problems, and it is not easily determined by most diagnostic procedures.
If you want to evaluate your dizziness at home, before setting an appointment with a doctor, there is a simple test from Dr. Don Fitz-Ritson to help you determine whether this is the exact problem you’re suffering from.
First, let’s look at the symptoms. People suffering from cervicogenic dizziness feel like they are spinning in the room, unlike in true vertigo, in which people feel rooted on the spot with the room spinning around them.
Other symptoms include disorientation and lightheadedness, haziness, the sense of floating or being disconnected and distant. These can last from minutes to hours, and it can be severe. Dizziness will be exacerbated with some movements like looking up and down, keeping the head turned, working in front of a computer, bending forward, or reading.
Dr. Ritson has additionally specified a few simple tests to determine whether or not you have cervicogenic dizziness:
Step 1: Ask yourself, does the dizziness get worse with movement? If yes, then it may be cervicogenic dizziness.
Step 2: Sit on a rotating chair and turn your head from side to side as quickly as possible. If the dizziness increases, it’s a positive sign for the disorder.
Step 3: Have someone hold your head still and rotate your lower body from side to side, still using the rotating chair. Your neck will still move but your inner ears won’t. If your problem gets worse, you probably have cervicogenic dizziness. If it doesn’t, the inner ear is probably the problem, not your neck.
Once you have confirmed that you’re suffering from cervicogenic dizziness, consult a chiropractor. Studies have shown that chiropractic care is very effective for this kind of neck problem, thanks to the chiropractor’s qualifications in treatments like spinal manipulation, deep tissue massage, hot/cold packs, ultrasound and TENS.
Suffering from cervicogenic dizziness doesn’t have to mean a reduction of your quality of life. A few sessions with the chiropractic will do wonders to relieve your pain.