Recently I heard from another Chiropractor about a new client that came in complaining of dizziness and nausea since their ride on a roller coaster.
Obviously, her youngsters persuaded her to ride the rollercoaster. If you like to ride large rollercoasters, you understand just how enjoyable, yet disconcerting, they can be.
As much as I like rollercoasters, you know how much they can shake and jar your body and affect your spine.
“Roller coasters and other rides that forcefully throw your body in different directions can be hard on your lower back and neck,” says osteopathic medical specialist Fredrick Wilson, DO of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health. “That is why the amusement parks warn people with known back problems to avoid these rides.”
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons has even assembled a national committee of neurosurgeons, NASA scientists and engineers and are looking at how the stress of G-forces from roller coasters might affect our brains.
The committee is looking at the force applied to the brain at various G-force levels, and how the brain is moved around on these rides.
“It’s how the head is moved because of the G-Force,” said Douglas Smith, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania. “So the head moves rapidly, the brain is changing shape or deforming inside the skull, there might be compressive or stretching types of forces on the brain. If that occurs rapidly, then you can have an injury.”
Luckily, if your only feeling lightheaded or queasi all it takes is a basic, mild spinal adjustment at the top of your neck by a trained Chiropractic doctor, and you will be on your way to getting back into alignment and you will feel better. More severe symptoms may require xrays and further evaluation.
Therefore, the next time you leave an amusement park with a sore neck or back, do not ignore it. Give us a call at (561)