Cervicogenic Dizziness (Neck based dizziness)
What our patient’s say…
“My dizziness used to affect me when I was working for long hours at the computer, I could feel my neck and shoulders stiffening up too, so I went to see Robert Griffiths at Pro Performance Clinics. He told me my posture was causing the issue, he gave me treatment plus acupuncture to release the tension and showed me some special exercises. I went back to work feeling one hundred times better, within 3 weeks my dizziness and shoulder tension had completely disappeared. He even contacted my HR department and got me a new chair, I couldn’t be happier with the service I received.” Jenny Bolton, Insurance Analyst
Cervicogenic dizziness is a condition we see in lots of women and men over 40. The symptoms are often caused by tight joints and muscles in the neck, shoulders and head. We have successfully treated office workers, pregnant women, women during menopause and athletes with cervicogenic dizziness. Usually, it is long hours at a desk, staring at a computer screen, poor posture and high stress levels that increases these symptoms.
Occasionally, we see it in our athletes who train extremely hard, due to increased tension in their upper back. Often, there will be other factors that contribute to the dizziness, e.g. dehydration, poor diet, lack of exercise and neck instability.
Cervicogenic dizziness can have a similar pattern of symptoms to cervicogenic headaches. Often sufferers experience tight muscles in their shoulders and upper neck. These can refer dizzy sensations to the back and top of the head, around the ear or to the forehead. They tend to experience mild dizziness or light headedness initially, then increasing discomfort as the condition worsens. Cervicogenic dizziness can range from mild to severe and can last from a couple of hours to a few days.
Cervicogenic dizziness can be diagnosed following a full case history and physical exam by your Pro Performance clinician. There will often be very tight and painful trigger points (knots) in the muscles at the back of your head and neck that will reproduce your dizziness when gently pressed. Dizziness can be a symptom in many other conditions, so it is essential that more serious causes of dizziness are ruled out. Your Pro Performance clinician will ask you a series of questions before deciding if you require further investigation by MRI, X-ray or by a neurologist.
Cervicogenic dizziness is caused by tight neck joints and muscles. At Pro Performance, we assess what is causing the tight neck in the first place. This can be poor posture, a bad chair or excessive computer work. These physical factors cause stiffness in your mid-back and tension in your neck. It is these tight neck muscles which can create the feelings of dizziness.
We treat cervicogenic dizziness using a specific combination of manual treatments and spinal strengthening exercises to achieve lasting results. At Pro Performance Clinics, we always treat the cause and the symptoms of your cervicogenic dizziness.
1. We relax your tense neck, shoulder and head muscles using soft tissue massage, medical acupuncture and gentle stretching.
2. We mobilise and/or manipulate your restricted neck joints to relieve tension.
3. We always address the underlying cause of your headaches, e.g. poor workstation setup, weak neck muscles, TMJ (jaw) dysfunction, spinal/pelvic misalignments, faulty walking patterns, a leg length difference, poor diet and high stress.
Your cervicogenic dizziness is very different to everyone else’s, so your treatment plan will be uniquely tailored to suit your individual condition.
As part of your treatment plan at Pro Performance Clinics, we explain what causes your cervicogenic dizziness. You will be given lifestyle advice and tailored rehab exercises to reduce the strain on your neck and head muscles. Repeated clicking and stretching of your neck is not advisable, if you feel the need to do this regularly, we will show you the corrective neck exercises to perform instead.