Dizziness and Lightheadedness

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Dizziness and Lightheadedness

Hello, 

for my back- and nekpain i have good provement, but i feel alot dizzy and have lightheadness.

is this normal in the beginning?

thanks for the replay

valerie

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There is an effect called the vasovagal response that can happen with profound postural shifts - if it's this, there is no cause for alarm, just proceed gently and it should cease when the brain figures out what is going on. 

I would check with a physician to make sure there isn't anything dire going on with your health. Physicians, with their testing, can usually reassure you with authority on this matter - it's a wonderful function they serve. 

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Dizziness, Straight Necks, and Vascular Compression...

I've had similar symptoms: dizziness, lightheadedness, etc. In the past few weeks I aggressively stretched and reshaped my neck (and I say "aggressively" because I've had resultant pain around my throat). Over the weekend I went to an in-person group Gokhale course and found out that my movements were probable too exaggerated as well.

Sometimes I think I feel dizzy/lightheaded because my center-of-gravity is off or something obviously related to proprioception, but other times, I feel like I get dizzy just from certain neck movements.

If I tilt my head downward now (like how I used to all the time, especially when eating or texting), I sometimes feel a little dizzy and weird. Also, if I rotate my head side to side, same thing happens. It's kind of scary.

Is it possible that with the "new posture" we can't make some of our old movements? Is it possible that enlarged muscles combined with shifted vertebrae can compress against our arteries? Have you seen anyone with similar problems?

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The neck is a slow changing area and aggressively stretching and reshaping the neck is never a good idea. Both the skeletal structure, the muscles in the area and the nerves need time to adjust. If the correction is too extreme the muscles will tighten in response and will compress the nerves which could result in dizziness.

Dizziness and lightheadedness is a symptom that should be checked out by a physicican as it could be related to blood pressure or issues in the inner ear. If you have checked out OK with your MD, it might be wise to visit an acupuncturist or massage therapist  to see if the scalene muscles are very tight. Releasing these could releieve the dizziness.

With your "new posture" you should be able to move your head in any way that you are used to doing it. If anything you should have improved mobility and a feeling of ease that wasn't there before.

Once you have repositioned your head and neck the way we teach, be sure to scan the area and make sure you are using a minimal amount of muscle to hold it in place. I often ask my students to imagine they have a "bobble head" once the neck is lengthened. The muscles that sustain the lengthened position of the neck are deep inside and should not limit mobility. You're looking for a way for the neck to be in the new position, but be relaxed at the same time. If you're unable to relax it, then back off from your position as it may be too extreme. Then try to relax it once again.

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