No one likes to feel dizzy unless you're a kid spinning around in a chair or on a merry-go-round. Vertigo is the sensation of feeling off-balance or dizzy. You may perceive it as if the world is spinning around you or you yourself are spinning. What causes vertigo and can chiropractic care help?
Vertigo is often caused from an inner-ear issue. A very common type of vertigo is called BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). This is the movement of crystals in your inner-ear in your otolith organs which alter your center of balance making your feel dizzy.
Meinere's Disease is another common cause of vertigo. This is associated with a feeling of aural fullness and ringing in the ears (tinnitus). It is thought to be caused by a buildup of fluid and changing pressure in the inner ear. Infections can also cause vertigo. It is usually related to viruses and the skewed sense of balance that is thought to be a result of inflammation in the inner ear.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Too often people are told there is nothing you can do for vertigo but wait. This is not the only solution! Chiropractors are specifically trained to relieve pressure off of your nervous system. Chiropractic care is a great candidate for successful conservative care with patients suffering from vertigo. Chiropractic care and adjustments of the cervical spine will increase cervical (neck) joint function and promote proper nervous system communication. The ear communicates with the brain and vice versa through the nervous system; it is imperative that the spinal joints are moving properly and not interfering with that communication system whatsoever.
Adjustments stimulate proprioceptors which tell your body where you are in space; this facilitates proper communication, as well. Chiropractic adjustments also promote proper blood and lymph flow, which play a role in healing from infections and inflammation of all kinds. If the vertigo is a result of either inflammation or infection, chiropractic adjustments support the body in healing optimally. There is also a technique called Epley’s Maneuver that some chiropractors use; it helps reposition some of the accumulated debris in the inner ear.
If you, or someone you know, is dealing with this issue please give Stone Chiropractic a call and let the doctors help your body heal and get you back to your maximum potential of living.
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