We all get a little dizzy sometimes, whether it’s because we stood up too fast or we looked at an optical illusion for too long. The feeling of unsteadiness can be troubling, but these feelings are very little compared to the feelings of vertigo.
Vertigo is characterized by dizziness combined with a feeling of movement or a spinning sensation, even when you are standing perfectly still. Vertigo can be absolutely debilitating in everyday life because it can cause you to feel sick, make it difficult to walk, and even interrupt your vision and hearing.
There are a few different ways vertigo can begin, most of them dealing with the way your inner ear and brain communicate. Because of the neurological connection, chiropractic care may be the ideal course of treatment to cure your dizziness. Ideal Spine helps chiropractors learn and implement the necessary techniques to help patients overcome their vertigo by focusing on the spine and its relation to the body.
Causes and symptoms of vertigo
It is pretty easy to know if you are suffering from vertigo by looking for the telltale signs: dizziness accompanied by a spinning sensation. Vertigo may also cause a number of other symptoms, such as:
- Inability to balance.
Vertigo is a common symptom in patients who have endured trauma to the neck or head; often, this is due to a disturbance in the nerve pathways exiting the spinal column.
More commonly, though, vertigo may be caused by damage or disruption in your vestibular system, or inner-ear. Ear infections, pressure changes, and the movement of particles within the inner-ear can all affect your level of dizziness.
The chiropractic approach to vertigo
Chiropractic care may be able to cure your symptoms of vertigo by doing different exercises or manipulations.
Chiropractic adjustments or manipulations may help alleviate a specific type of vertigo called cervical vertigo. This type of vertigo is caused by improperly-moving joints in the cervical spine following a neck injury, which results in incorrect information about movement and body position being sent to the brain. This misinformation may cause you to feel dizzy. Manipulations may be able to realign the joints and vertebrae in the cervical spine, correcting the nervous pathways and allowing for clearer communications.
A more common type of vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), is due to the movement of crystals around the inner-ear. These crystals are from your otolith organs and make you sensitive to gravity. They can shift out of the organ and into other parts of the vestibular labyrinth, altering your center of balance and briefly making you feel dizzy.
To help rectify BPPV, your chiropractor may use the Epley maneuver, which maneuvers your head into different positions to reposition the crystals inside the inner ear.
Your chiropractor may also teach you a few specific exercises to do at home that may be able to benefit the vestibular system and how it interacts with your brain.
Nobody should have to endure constant feelings of dizziness. At Ideal Spine, we train chiropractors to use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a holistic approach to patient wellness. Visit us to find a provider near you and see how they may be able to help alleviate your vertigo symptoms.
Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.