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    Old 04-01-2015, 07:31 AM   #1
    thomas8045
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    Dizziness when driving

    I have had this problem for more than 13 years and I just recently discovered what causes it and how to fix it. For most of you who have posted about the dizziness while driving, if you have ruled out inner ear problems, then you simply need to massage the muscles in your neck to remove the knots. The knots in these muscles send mixed up signals to the brain about the position of your head. This sounds like wacko kook stuff, but it is that simple and it is amazing. I highly recommend that you get the book "Trigger point therapy handbook" (blue cover by Davies). It is cheap and it has excellent illustrations about which muscle knots (trigger points) cause pain or tension in different areas, and in this case, also dizziness and vision problems. The book also explains how to avoid accidentally massaging arteries (never massage a pulse).

    The muscles you need to massage are called sternocleidomastoid, or SCM. They are on the sides of your neck and run diagonally from the base of your skull behind your ears, down to the front of your collar bone. There are two on each side, sternal and clavicular. The sternal one is the one that is more forward and to the outside, nearest the skin. The clavicular is deeper inside and harder to massage. It takes a couple of weeks of practice to be able to easily get ahold of all the areas that can have trigger points (tenderness), especially down low where they connect to the collar bone. They feel kind of thin and stringy where they attach to the collar bone but if there is any pain in them when you poke around down there, you have to massage those areas some more so it goes away. Don't do too much too soon. It's easy to say, but hard to do, because you want the problem to be fixed immediately. This post doesn't tell how to grab them or do the massage, it's just the notification of the solution. For details, either get the book or Trigger point therapy handbook" (blue cover by Davies. You can do all the massages in the book yourself, you just have to be careful about the arteries in the neck.

    There is massive improvement immediately but it has taken almost 3 weeks to have completely normal undizzy driving. It takes a while to get almost all the trigger points to not feel any pain when giving the muscles a squeeze all along the entire length. The trigger point massage also resolves neck pain, tension headache, shoulder or upper back pains or tightness.

    After getting started on the trigger point massage on the SCM, the hard part begins... Trying to improve posture, stop leaning or thrusting the head forward, clenching the jaw, continually looking to the side, etc.

    Over the past 13 years I have been to a general practitioner, three chiropractors, a neurologist, ear/nose/throat specialist, the Yale Balance Center, two sleep specialists (I have narcolepsy), and had neck X-rays and MRIs. None of them identified or helped the problem. No more paying specialists to solve a problem when they can't even figure out what the cause is. The information is out there. All the trigger point (also called myofascial) reference guides state that clavicular SCM trigger points can be associated with dizziness. You would think that the Yale Balance Center, which specializes in dizziness, would know this. They did not know what the cause was and diagnosed central nervous system disorder and wanted to prescribe drugs used for migraine.

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    Old 06-10-2015, 08:37 PM   #2
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    Re: Dizziness when driving

    Thank you.
    I got cured by the SCM trigger point massage.
    I was dizzy when driving for 1 year and 6 months.
    Your message saved my life!!

     
    Old 07-27-2015, 04:33 PM   #3
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    Re: Dizziness when driving

    Thank you. What about dizziness while not driving? I have discovered lots of nots on my neck, on the right side, kind of small. My dizziness, floating, rocking sensation is worse when I lie down. Will try what you have suggested.

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    Old 07-30-2015, 12:32 PM   #4
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    Re: Dizziness when driving

    It turns out I need to massage trigger points in the SCM and upper and middle back trapezius muscles.

    AND to do neck stretches several times a day or when the dizziness happens. The kind of stretches where you pull with a hand the top of the head to each side and to the front and back, but most effective is to turn the head to the left or right side as far behind you and hold there and then slowly look up and down. The head turning stretches are best for the SCM and the tilting to the sides and/or forward are best for the traps.

    Sometimes when I'm driving I have to concentrate on unhunching my shoulders (mostly right side) if I start to feel neck tension and/or dizziness.

     
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