New Research on Stroke & Vertigo

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New Research on Stroke & Vertigo

Research Shows Chiropractic May Ease Suffering

Recent research reported in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research reveals that chiropractic may play an important role in helping patients with severe vertigo. The research reports on a 44-year-old woman with a history of debilitating vertigo who experienced relief following chiropractic.

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“Research is revealing that structural shifts in spinal alignment and the nerve obstruction they cause may be a factor in a number of disorders and can result in a host of health problems including vertigo because the body’s homeostatic mechanism is thrown off” stated Dr. Matthew McCoy a chiropractor, public health researcher and editor of the journal that published the study.  Other chiropractic researchers have reported on similar results regarding vertigo and chiropractic. 

McCoy added “If you damage or compress or otherwise interfere with the neurological structures in the spine this can have far reaching implications on the functioning of the body. Through research reports like this we are finding that correcting the structural abnormalities associated with these spinal problems reduces the nerve obstructions and people experience improvement. In this study it was improvement in severe vertigo.” 

The 44-year-old woman reported on in this study had vertigo for over a year following a history of stroke and high blood pressure.  She had difficulty driving and typing due to the vertigo.  She struggled to complete tasks out of fear of losing her balance.  She was on blood pressure medication and had seen several medical doctors who told her she may have to live with it the rest of her life.  

The chiropractor examined her and found structural shifts in her head, neck, upper back, and low back.  Restrictions in range of motion and muscle tightness were also noted in her neck, mid back, and low back.  X-rays, assessments, and other testing confirmed these findings.    These structural shifts can lead to obstruction of the nerves and it is this obstruction, called vertebral subluxations, that chiropractors correct. 

Following chiropractic care, she experienced improvement in the vertigo.  She no longer struggled with typing or driving and her overall quality of life improved. 

The study’s author called for additional research to investigate the clinical implications of chiropractic in this population.

Contact Information: 

Matthew McCoy DC, MPH
Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
McCoy Press