Your neck contains a huge number of nerve receptors called “proprioceptors” that tell your brain where you are in open space relative to gravity. The density of these nerve receptors especially in the upper part of your neck - around the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae - is greater than anywhere else in your body!
If you experience vertigo and dizziness, it may very well be that something had happened to the joints in your upper neck, and that instead of your brain receiving “pain” signals, it’s receiving this altered proprioception that is causing you to feel vertigo and dizziness. This “something that has happened” is most commonly a physical injury that occurred in the past, and then for some reason has “woken up” like a dormant volcano. Most people who experience vertigo and dizziness can’t recall a specific reason for their symptoms with the potential exception of “stress.” However, stress is often only the trigger.
The types of injuries that are most commonly associated with vertigo and dizziness are whiplash-type injuries that involved some type of head snapping forwards-and-backwards on the average of 10-20 years before the onset of any symptoms. These types of injuries don’t need to break or dislocate anything in your neck. However, if they do shift the alignment of any of the vertebrae in your neck - notably the C1 or C2 - it can add up like compound interest over the years and decades to the point where your body simply can’t compensate anymore. That is when the vertigo and dizziness start.
It is one of the other reasons that vertigo and dizziness are so often associated with other neck-related conditions such as neck and shoulder pain, headaches, migraines and jaw (TMJ) problems.
So by considering just a little bit of neurology, we can shed some light on a few of the mysteries about vertigo and dizziness … Most importantly, we discover an important piece of the puzzle that may be able to offer a solution for people suffer vertigo and dizziness, who have “tried everything else” and still need to improves the quality of lives.