Sensory Mismatch and Vestibular Dysfunction

This post follows on my ” Sensory Mismatch and persistence of symptoms” post. Interestingly the authors here are looking at more dramatic symptoms that can be caused by sensory mismatch and vestibular dysfunction:

Most significantly the post mentions distorted body schema and body image, leading to de-personalisation and de-realization experiences, including out of body experiences, with associated changes in mood and loss of sense of personal agency.

It is also arguable that sensory mismatch may drive symptoms such as dystonias ( ie writers cramp or spasm in the hands of musicians who lose the  ability to play with a high level of speed and skill.

The hypothesised explanation for this one is relatively simple: – even instability in the upper neck could produce a shift in the mapping of sensory representations of the fingers on to the cerebral cortex and to deeper subcortical structures. That may be enough to produce symptoms in itself, though there may also be involvement of the vestibular  system due to the disturbed inputs caused by neck malalignment.


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2 Responses to Sensory Mismatch and Vestibular Dysfunction

  1. AL says:

    I have all the symptoms you describe of atlas subluxation, especially vestibular, vision and anxiety / stress response problems. I saw an Atlas Orthogonal chiro for a few months and did not feel much benefit. Although now it seems I also need to do posture and soft tissue work at the same time. Do you think the Atlas chiro adjustments would be effective if I also worked on the muscles at the same time?

    I also saw another chiro specialized in concussions and neck trauma that wants to do manipulations with his hands. It would not involved twisting and popping, but would involves some pushing force. Do you not recommend this type of chiro work to adjust the atlas?

    Thanks you for this website. You seem to be one of very few that understand this and bring it all together.

  2. Pingback: Symptoms and Signs of Atlas Subluxation | atlassubluxation

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