Dr. Michael Polsinelli
Dr. Polsinelli has been in the health field for 29 years. He focuses on the whole person to get them well as soon as possible utilizing gentle upper cervical chiropractic, nutrition, orthobionomy, and applied kinesiology. He practices and is a past board member of the QSM3 (Quantum Spinal Mechanics3) Foundation which is an offshoot of NUCCA (National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association).
Presented by Dr. Michael Polsinelli
A research report from the November 8, 2006 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research shows the benefits of chiropractic care for patients suffering from vertigo. In this study 60 patients who were diagnosed by their medical physicians as having various forms of vertigo, received chiropractic care and the results were documented and published.
Of the 60 patients in this study, 56 reported having some form of physical trauma prior to the onset of their vertigo. Of these 25 had reported having automobile accidents, 16 had suffered a sports injury including skiing, bicycling, or horseback riding, and 6 slipped and fell on ice. It was noted that all of these individual’s suffered trauma to either their head or neck area.
Upon initial examinations of the subjects, it was reported an atlas misalignment was found in all 60 patients. Precise x-rays were used to document the misalignment pattern and guide with the correction.
Suddenly the room felt like it was floating. It was so frightening. I made it into see Dr. Polsinelli. He moved my body in a very gentle pattern. And miracle…vertigo gone. I was on solid ground again. No more dizziness. ~ J.N.
An upper cervical correction was given to all 60 subjects in this study. All of the patients in this study responded positively to the care. The time frame for the responses varied from between one and 6 months. Of the original 60 patients, 48 were totally symptom free within six months. The remaining 12 patients had also shown good improvement by either decreases in severity or frequency in episodes of vertigo.
In the conclusion, the author of the study noted, “A causal link between trauma-induced upper cervical (neck) injury and the onset of vertigo appears to exist. Correcting the injury to the upper cervical spine through the use of IUCCA protocol (a form of upper cervical chiropractic care) appears to improve and/or reverse vertigo disorders.”
What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a condition characterized by dizziness with a sensation of spinning. Because of the feeling of movement or rotation, many sufferers also feel nausea and can experience lightheadedness and balance problems. The diagnosis of vertigo is typically based on the symptoms of the patients as there are not specific lab tests and the patients may have a variety of situations that seem to be related. In this study, the nervous system was looked to for a causal relationship.
I have had even more dramatic results by combining Upper Cervical Chiropractic and the Epely maneuver with patients. If patients do not respond in a couple of visits to upper cervical chiropractic, I will use the Epely maneuver. This maneuver is recommended for people with Benign Positional Vertigo, which is caused by a lodging of crystals in the inner ear. It is a simple but effective movement/procedure that dislodges the crystals. In some patients it can temporarily increase the dizziness for a few minutes before going away. Some patients seem to have a recurrence within in a year, but is quickly resolved with treatment. ~ Dr. Mike