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Feeling Dizzy? Chiropractic May Help Your Vertigo!

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. We help our clients learn and implement the necessary techniques to help 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:

  • Headache;
  • Tinnitus;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Sweating;
  • Swaying;
  • 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 South Bellevue Chiropractic, we are adept in many different ways of adjusting you, using instrument adjusting, Gonstead Technique, motion palpation, drop table, Graston, Active Release®, Kinesio® Taping, traction, spinal decompression and extremity adjusting. Visit us to find a provider near you and see how they may be able to help alleviate your vertigo symptoms.

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