Cervicogenic Vertigo is a neck related condition that causes a sensation of light headiness and a spinning feeling. Common complaints have been narrowed down to the neck, in particular the sub-occipital region with the patient failing to maintain certain head positions. Generally this condition arises after past experiences to common traumas, for example a whiplash injury sustained in a motor vehicle accident. Some causes of Cervicogenic vertigo/dizziness include, blockage or stiffening of arteries in the neck, excessive stimulation of proprioceptors in the cervical region and degeneration of the proprioceptors causing an imbalance of information, leading to a perception of vertigo/ dizziness.
Symptoms that may arise from the condition include:
These may be aggravated
- Loss of balance
- Weakness or dizziness
- Spinning sensations
- Concentration problems
- Ear pain and tinnitus (ringing/swishing sounds)
- Vomiting, nausea or headaches
by standing up quickly, rapid alternative movements of the neck, physical exercise, coughing and sneezing.
Cold laser therapy also known as low-level laser therapy is a non-invasive alternative medicine that can be used in the management of Cervicogenic vertigo. Cold laser therapy is a therapeutic tool used in the treatment of many musculoskeletal conditions and targets the sub occipital region in this instance of vertigo. It initiates a response to improve microcirculation, reduce myospasm and aims at improving cerebellar function.
The cold laser therapy treatment in Perth consists of two protocols
, an inhibitory phase and a stimulatory phase. The inhibitory protocol is used to stop myospasms, as well as nociception and consists of treatments of 5 minutes duration with the amount of sessions following a decade rule meaning that for every 10 years of age, one session is recommended, for example a 40 year old would require 4 sessions. The secondary phase is known as the stimulatory protocol and initiates an improved circulation response as well as reducing the effects of inflammation. This phase consists of 10-12 treatments of 2 minutes duration, with 1-2 sessions recommended per week.
Are you experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of dizziness, or has your local GP diagnosed you as presenting with Cervicogenic Vertigo/ dizziness from the neck? If yes, Lakeside Laser in Perth may assist in the management of the condition for yourself. Located in Perth’s northern suburbs, Lakeside laser is centrally located in Joondalup on 3/45 central walk. We have patients from all over Perth including Yanchep, Two Rocks, Edgewater, Currambine, Alkimos and Woodvale. If you would like to book an appointment you can contact us on 9300 0095 or alternatively use our ‘book now’ tab on our website www.lakesidelaser.com.au
. Our Perth trained low level laser technicians are ready to assist you live your life to its fullest.