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Cervicogenic Dizziness

Cervicogenic dizziness is where you have neck pain in association with symptoms of dizziness. It is common to get neck pain along with dizziness as the body’s natural response to dizziness is to hold the head still.  This however causes tension in the neck muscles and stiffness in the joints which leads to pain.

Similarly, if you have stiffness in your neck and are not moving your head normally it will create an imbalance within the balance system within the neck, which can lead to dizziness.

Rather than being stuck in this downward cycle, it is important to get to the root cause of both of the problems simultaneously, as if only one element is treated, then it is likely to return if the other remains problematic.



  • Neck pain
  • Stiffness
  • Dizziness or imbalance accompanied with neck movement
  • Can last several minutes to hours.

What causes Cervicogenic dizziness?

This can happen due to poor posture, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or trauma, for example after whiplash or head injury.

Factors such as stress, lack of sleep, diet and your lifestyle can also influence your symptoms.

There are also reflexes between the eyes, neck, and vestibular (inner ear) system that can be altered following a strain on the cervical spine (neck). Physiotherapy for cervicogenic dizziness combines vestibular rehabilitation with treatment to the neck, to combat both of the problems simultaneously and reduce sensations of pain, stiffness and dizziness.

Call us on 0114 267 1223 to book an appointment with one of our experienced clinicians.

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