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There isn’t enough evidence to support the diagnosis of cervical vertigo. Some argue that cervical vertigo can be related to compressed blood vessel and/or nerve endings. An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) would not show this. MRIs are done to rule out growths such as tumours. People with motion sensitivity usually avoid moving their head and tend to move in a block without turning their neck. Little by little, this leads to a stiff and sore neck; when you are forced to move your neck, you get dizzier.
Instead of using a firm pillow to keep your head immobile while sleeping, for example, consider doing some type of exercise, such as tai chi, involving gentle head movement; over time, you’ll be able to move your head more freely without feeling dizzy.
There are many causes for dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders and some may include neck, shoulders and back problems. Sometimes, these problems are secondary to dizziness and vertigo – patients may develop muscle tension and pain as they reduce head and neck movements in order to not trigger their dizziness. In these instances, patients may find chiropractic treatments to be helpful to them. On the other hand, there are several dizziness and balance problems that will most likely not improve with chiropractic treatments.