Imagine the scene – it's the height of the morning rush, you're in the middle of a bustling meeting, and all of a sudden, a wave of dizziness hits you. It's a startling moment for anyone, an intrusive pause in the flow of life. For executive moms who are expertly choreographing a life that involves multiple schedules, a bout of unexplained dizziness can be particularly disquieting. And, while it might be easy to brush it off as a passing sensation, it is vital to pause and consider the underlying cause. Dizziness is not just a disorder experienced by the elderly; it can affect individuals across various age groups. In this blog lets discuss one of the lesser known forms of vertigo: cervicogenic dizziness.
The causes of cervicogenic dizziness can range from cervical spine injuries to poor posture and muscle tension. For executive moms, the demands of balancing a career and family life can contribute to prolonged periods of sitting, which may exacerbate neck related issues.
Our cervical spine is made up of seven vertebra that can be roughly divided into an upper and lower portion. Between every two vertebra there are nerves exiting the spine on the right and left. These nerves supply different parts of the body. Unlike other forms of dizziness such as BPPV, Menieres disease, etc cervicogenic vertigo is primarily linked to neck muscles and the nerves that exit the upper to mid cervical spine. When they are compressed or irritated due to issues affecting the cervical spine such as disc bulge, stenosis, arthritis, degeneration or a simple neck sprain, it can manifest as cervicogenic dizziness.
The tricky part is recognising whether your dizziness has its roots in the cervical spine. Here are some signs to look out for:
Link to neck stiffens and pain: Cervicogenic dizziness typically starts as a stiffness or pain in the upper part of the neck but can be present without neck pain too.
Link to jaw (TMJ) pain: Cervicogenic dizziness can be accompanied by a pain or pulling sensation at the back of the eyes and the TMJ or jaw joint due to the tight muscles around the cheek and the TMJ.
Restricted Neck Mobility: This is usually seen with neck pain. You may have noticed an improvement in your dizziness after a neck massage or neck stretches.
Related Symptoms: It's not just the spins; you might also experience other symptoms such as double vision, fainting, as well as nausea and vomiting, which can be attributed to cervical vertigo.
Watch this video to learn some effective strategies to manage Cervicogenic Dizziness (Cervical Vertigo):
If you are not sure of the cause of your dizziness or want to explore more about the causes of dizziness get the free guide on 'What is the source of your dizziness?' HERE.
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