Coordination and balance
The eyes (horizon determination), the middle ear (compass function) and sensor information from the joints (propriosepsis) send information to the cerebellum on a continuous basis. In the cerebellum the mesaages are integrated and thereby provide information about the position of the body at each moment of the day (see image on the right). This function is essential for adequate coordination of movements and keeping our balance.
Cause of complaints
Proper coordinating and balancing function of the cerebellum depends on the ability of the eyes, ears and joints to send information properly via the nerves. Wrong information from these regions leads to, amongst others:
- Balancing problems
- Dropping objects
- Disturbed gait
Joint sensors are relatively overrepresented in the hands, jaws and neck, whereas they are underrepresented in the toes and hips. Hence, movement disorders in the jaw can easily result in dizziness and balancing disorders (see complaints in the neck). This is a common effect seen in boxing matches after a punch in the face! Dizziness after a whiplash accident is a similar phenomenon as the sensors in the joints become overstretched during the impact.
How can the chiropractor help?
In our practice we see many patients with complaints of dizziness as a consequence of an inadequately functioning cervical spine or jaw. During the history taking and physical examination the chiropractor determine as to whether there are such movement disorders which can explain the dizziness or as to whether a referral to an optician, ophthalmologist or neurologist is indicated. Chiropractors are specialized in this area!
Should have queries or require further information, please do not hesitate our practice at +31(0)70 3941157 (see contact details)