Several ailments immediately make you think of your chiropractor.
Have low back pain? Your chiropractor can help.
Neck pain? Take a trip to your chiropractor to get that fixed right up.
Stiff joints? Not to worry, your chiropractor can loosen them up.
However, did you know that there are a variety of things your chiropractor can take care of?
Your chiropractor is trained to treat you as an entire person, not just the symptoms you come to the office with.
Your chiropractor can even be your general practitioner.
They can help you with a host of things like migraines, sports injuries, and mobility.
Your chiropractor can even help if you regularly experience vertigo or dizziness.
Below we will learn about vertigo and dizziness, and how your chiropractor can help.
Article Table of Contents
- What is Vertigo?
- What Causes Vertigo?
- How are Dizziness and Vertigo Related
- Treating Vertigo
What is Vertigo
Vertigo is a sensation people feel when they move, stand up quickly, or spin in circles.
Basically, it makes you feel like the room is spinning while you're standing still.
With most people, the feeling only lasts a few minutes. However, the sensation can last up to a few hours.
The absolute worst case scenario is that the feeling can last for some days.
Anyone that experiences vertigo on a regular basis should consult their doctor immediately.
What Causes of Vertigo?
The spinning sensation usually comes from a problem with your inner ear that throws off your balance.
Any time you move your head or body can strengthen your symptoms.
The symptoms you experience with vertigo are different from those you'll experience with lightheadedness or fainting, and can sometimes be accompanied by nausea or vomiting.
While vertigo usually occurs as a direct result of an ear infection, head injury or a specific illness, it doesn't always have an obvious cause.
You can develop vertigo unexpectedly and without and obvious reason or cause.
Even though it impacts many people, vertigo is usually not a sign of a more severe health condition.
Vertigo itself isn't life-threatening, but poor balance and weakness can result in accidents that can be life-threatening.
What is Dizziness
Dizziness and vertigo are related in the sense that they both cause spinning sensations, but dizziness may also relate to more severe health concerns.
When you're dizzy, you will often feel lightheaded, weak, or woozy.
The spinning sensation makes the symptoms of dizziness worse.
The underlying causes of dizziness usually include upper neck problems, motion sickness, side effects to medications, and poor circulation.
Inner ear infections or injuries can lead to dizziness, similar to vertigo.
Sometimes dizziness can be severe enough to warrant the help of another specialist, and if that is the case, your chiropractor will refer you to them.
Treating Vertigo and Dizziness With Chiropractic Care
To manage your vertigo or dizziness, your chiropractor will use manipulation that targets the joints that are not moving correctly.
In your upper neck, faulty moving patterns can create misinformation about body position and movement going from the joints to the brain.
This type of vertigo, called cervicogenic vertigo, can be helped by chiropractic manipulation.
Your inner ear houses your bodies true balance center, the vestibulocochlear system.
This is a complex system of fluid-filled tubes lined with hair-like sensors that provide information to the central nervous system about position and movement.
In some cases, debris can accumulate there. If the debris settles on sensitive areas within the tubes, it can result in vertigo.
If your vertigo appears to be coming from your inner ear, your chiropractor may use the Epley Maneuver to reposition the debris into a better position.
Your chiropractor will also have exercises to help with your vertigo.
Exercises like the Brandt-Daroff technique will have you sit on the edge of the bed and flop to one side, sit up, and then flop to the other side at one-minute intervals.
Tai chi may also help as slow; controlled movements provide a safe way to focus on your body movements and balance.
Your doctor will also discuss your daily habits with you that could be contributing to vertigo or dizziness.
Tobacco, alcohol caffeine and other substances the stimulate or depress the nervous system could trigger your vertigo.
Non-prescription sleeping pills or antihistamines can spark your dizziness.
Your chiropractor will recommend things like meditation, relaxation, or breathing techniques to regain control.
Getting a spinal adjustment will go a long way in alleviating abnormal spinal function, thus improving proprioception and neurological input to your brain stem.
There is often a marked improvement with both vertigo and dizziness following chiropractic care.
Your chiropractor will evaluate any spinal problems that may be contributing to your issue and will develop a personalized treatment plan based on his findings.
Time For Help
If you are experiencing vertigo or dizziness, it's time to see your chiropractor.
If you have vertigo, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan just for you to help treat the symptoms.
If you're experiencing dizziness, your chiropractor can treat the symptoms and will refer you to another specialist if necessary.
The chiropractors at the Arrowhead Clinic have years of experience helping their patients achieve optimal health, and they would love to help you.
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