Cervical vertigo is a condition characterized by dizziness, light-headedness and nausea caused by dysfunction of the cervical spine. Unlike other forms of vertigo that are caused by inner ear problems, cervical vertigo is related to the neck’s impact on the balance system. The prevalence of cervical vertigo is estimated to be 2-3% in the general population.
The symptoms of cervical vertigo may include:
Treatment for cervical vertigo typically involves addressing the underlying cause, such as through physical therapy to improve neck flexibility and strength and medications to relieve pain and inflammation. Myotherapy may also be recommended as a treatment option. Myotherapy is a type of manual therapy that uses soft tissue massage, stretching, and other techniques to improve flexibility and reduce pain and stiffness in the neck.
Research on cervical vertigo is limited, but studies have shown that physical therapy and manual therapy can be effective in improving symptoms and reducing neck pain. A review of several studies concluded that manual therapy, including myotherapy, may be effective in reducing symptoms of cervical vertigo, although more research is needed to fully understand its efficacy.