Vertigo and Applied Kinesiology


Occasionally a patient presents with dizziness, vertigo, or light-headedness. There are some Applied Kinesiology protocols that can help.

If there is a crystal loose in the inner ear, this can cause BPV, or benign postural vertigo. Many physical therapists are trained to work with this condition, and I encourage people to seek this therapy as appropriate.

If a person is hypoglycemic, drops in blood sugar from not eating regularly enough may contribute to dizziness or light-headedness. Adrenal fatigue, especially when moving from a lying to a sitting or standing position, can be a factor. Medications should also be checked, since dizziness may be a side effect.

I check the neck for misaligned vertebrae. If the first cervical vertebra is not properly aligned, or if there is degenerative change in the cervical discs, neck muscles can be imbalanced and this can result in dizziness.

Lastly, I use an AK technique to re-balance the upper cervical area. This area of the body is rich in proprioceptors, and if they are not firing correctly, the person will experience dizziness and/or vertigo, especially when changing position. The correction is a short series of isometric contractions, done first in the office and later at home as needed. This technique is effective, simple and lasting.

Dizziness, lightheadedness, and vertigo can be very disruptive to a person’s life. These chiropractic techniques, alone or combined with physical therapy, can be very helpful.


Dr. Alexander, D.C. practices at Ridgely Retreat. She offers a 15-minute no-charge consultation. She can be reached at 443-433-0463.


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