Is There a Treatment for Vertigo?
Vertigo is a very common condition that affects around 70 million Americans. People often mistake vertigo for dizziness, which is better defined as lightheadedness. The difference between experiencing vertigo and lightheadedness/dizziness is that with lightheadedness you feel as though you are going to pass out or faint along with a loss of balance.
What is Vertigo?
With vertigo, you feel like your surroundings are spinning all around you while you are being still, and you can’t make them stop. You literally feel like your world is turning upside down.
Vertigo is brought on when signals sent to the brain by different sensory systems are in conflict with each other, which causes the body to be confused and it has difficulty controlling balance and position.
Your body has 4 Sensory Systems that it depends on to keep all things in balance:
- Inner Ear which helps detect motion and changes in position. Its job is to send that information to your brain to maintain balance.
- Vision (your eyes) is supposed to let your brain know where you are in relation to your surroundings, helping you to move freely around your environment.
- Sensory Nerves which are located throughout your body, track your position and orientation, then send the information to your brain in order to keep you in balance.
- Skin Pressure is the sensation that provides your brain information about your relationship with gravity.
What causes Vertigo?
There are a few things that can cause all or part of your Sensory System to malfunction:
- Your Central Nervous System being injured or damaged
- Trauma or injury to your head, ears or eyes
- Either inhaling or ingesting chemicals that could include medication
- There are also disorders that can bring on vertigo…
- Migraine Headaches
- Inner Ear disorder (Meniere’s Disease)
- Inflammation of your Inner Ear (Labyrinthitis)
Some of the symptoms you may notice if you have vertigo are:
These symptoms can last for minutes, hours or even days.
- Trouble with your speech
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- Trouble with your vision (everything around you appears to be spinning)
- Loss of hearing or ringing in the ears
- Loss of strength
- Eye movement that is abnormal
Can Chiropractic care help?
Chiropractors have been known to help many patients in a short period of time.
Your chiropractor, will first assess what is going on with you and how he/she can best help. By using manipulations that target joints that may not be moving correctly or positioning maneuvers that will help clear debris from your inner ear, or they may use the Epley Maneuver to move the debris so that it is not putting pressure on sensitive areas. Your chiropractor will also discuss some of your daily habits, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, caffeine or diet and exercise that could be another cause of your vertigo.
My goal is to help you eliminate pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing symptoms of vertigo, Contact me for a Complimentary Consultation. Let’s get you back to doing what you love to do.