Is your head on straight?

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Do you enjoy people watching? I know I do. If you watch a large number of people you will inevitably see a variety of behaviors and patterns. Humans all walk, talk, and eat differently. One unique thing you can look for is head tilt. Cute in puppies but very unhealthy in people. If someone literally does not have their head on straight, then that is a neurological finding indicating a structural problem.

Head tilt is a sign that the person’s brain is receiving insufficient information from the rest of the body. The brain will always attempt to keep your eyes level with the horizon, however if it cannot, that indicates a problem. Misalignment of the skull on the first bone in the neck can cause abnormal function of the nerves exiting the brain stem. Nerves in that region go to the eyes and ears.

A lack of normal function of the nerves going to the ears can cause or aggravate symptoms of tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and vertigo. Problems with the nerves going to the eyes can increase eye fatigue and make changing from long to short vision blurry. Irritation of these nerves can also increase the frequency of migraines or headaches.

Most cases of head tilt come from everyday activities with repetition. Some examples of these activities include: extended phone use, repeated use of computers, and sports such as soccer and basketball. Head tilt can also be caused by trauma such as trips, falls, and auto accidents.

If you notice someone experiencing these problems or showing signs of head tilt, consider a chiropractor who focuses on functional correction. The functional correction protocol along with state of the art technology allows our office to pinpoint problems, correct them, and track your improvement with progress evaluations. This allows for transparency between the doctor and patient, which is of utmost importance to us.

 

Hungerford Chiropractic

4172 Lake Michigan Drive

Grand Rapids, MI 49534