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Suffering from symptoms of Vertigo? Here at West Suburban Wellness, our chiropractors offer effective and natural treatment for vertigo and dizziness. Most of the time, dizziness is a minor annoyance. When dizziness is frequent or is accompanied by nausea or other distressing symptoms, it can interfere with daily life.
Although the words dizziness and vertigo are often used interchangeably, they are two different conditions. Dizziness is the sensation of constantly spinning, and it usually occurs after getting up too quickly or following an amusement park ride. This form of dizziness goes away in a few minutes and is not the result of an underlying medical condition.
Vertigo, on the other hand, represents a more significant medical issue. It is the feeling of an individual spinning and everything around them. It also results from one or more underlying medical conditions. Our chiropractors have compiled information about vertigo and dizziness, some of the causes of these conditions, and share how we help patients with natural vertigo treatment options.
Common Causes of Vertigo and Dizziness
As we explained earlier, dizziness has a reasonably immediate cause and quickly resolves independently. Vertigo is from underlying medical issues. Peripheral and central vertigo are the two types of vertigo that are each caused by different medical conditions.
Peripheral Vertigo is the most common type of vertigo and is caused by structural issues in the inner ear. It begins suddenly and is often accompanied by severe nausea, vomiting, and other distressing symptoms. Since it is affected by head movement and positioning, these symptoms occur unpredictably and can vary in intensity.
Some of the inner ear issues that most frequently cause peripheral vertigo include:
Meniere’s Disease is an inner ear condition that causes vertigo and other symptoms, including hearing loss, a ringing sound in the ears, and a feeling of pressure in the ear. This condition typically only affects one ear. Vertigo spells caused by Meniere’s last from 20 minutes to 24 hours each.
Labyrinthitis or Inner Ear Infection
Infections cause inflammation. When the inner ear becomes inflamed following an infection, it can cause altered balance, reduced hearing, painful pressure in the ear, and nausea. Labyrinthitis usually begins within minutes to hours. In addition to vertigo, patients experience nausea, vomiting, imbalance, and jerky eye movements that affect vision.
Chickenpox, measles, or another viral infection can affect the vestibular nerve. Since the vestibular nerve is the bridge between the brain and the inner ear, vestibular neuritis can cause unrelenting vertigo. There is usually no loss of hearing with this condition. It has the same symptoms as labyrinthitis and begins just as suddenly.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of peripheral vertigo in persons aged 65 and older. Turning or other head movements move the calcium crystals in the ear from their proper position. When they are in the wrong place, the brain interprets the crystal movement as sudden spinning or swaying since it thinks the head is moving. As a result, people with this condition feel intense lightheadedness, dizziness, and other symptoms of vertigo.
Central Vertigo has its roots in the central nervous system or brain and spinal cord. Head movement or changes in position do not impact this condition. Central Vertigo occurs gradually and produces chronic mild symptoms. It can cause varying degrees of nausea and vomiting.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the brain and spinal cord nerves. Central Vertigo is usually not very severe for individuals with MS, but it can persist for days or weeks.
Central Vertigo frequently occurs in people who have migraine headaches, even when they aren’t having migraines. Central Vertigo for these individuals can be constant or depend on position and can last for as long as 24 hours.
Head or Neck Trauma
Spinal misalignment is a part of a head or neck injury. When this occurs, the spine can compress or displace nerves. This is called spinal subluxation, and it can interfere with the nerves that help carry sensory signals. As a result, the brain has an altered perception of movement.
Cervical Spondylosis Degeneration
Cervical spondylosis is the age-related wearing down of the discs in the neck or cervical spine. Since these discs act as shock absorbers, there is additional pressure on the spinal nerves when they are worn down. Blood flow to the inner ear and brain is also reduced. As a result, nerve communication to the brain regarding movement is diminished, altered, or missing, leading to Central Vertigo.
Other Causes of Vertigo
Some other causes of vertigo include circulatory issues, air pressure changes, motion sickness, or drug or alcohol use. Sometimes, it can be caused by a brain tumor or exposure to toxins, so it is always important to seek medical care for vertigo.
Symptoms of Vertigo and Dizziness
Symptoms of dizziness and vertigo can be very mild, or they can lead someone to search the internet for a dizziness chiropractor near me immediately. They can also unpredictably or constantly occur. The following are some of the most common symptoms reported to our vertigo chiropractor:
Ringing in the ears
Reduced hearing, typically in one ear
Difficulty with balance
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Vertigo and Dizziness
Since balance depends heavily on nerve function, our chiropractors offer natural vertigo and dizziness treatment options to help patients. When patients come to us for natural vertigo and dizziness help, we perform a detailed assessment, including physical examination and possibly scans. Once we’ve determined a patient has vertigo, we can verify the diagnosis using the Dix-Hallpike maneuver. Detailed interviews and movement analysis are two more methods we use here at West Suburban Wellness to find the root cause of their dizziness and vertigo symptoms.
Natural Vertigo Treatment
Once we’ve found the root cause of a patient’s vertigo, we can offer them one or more treatments. We can also prescribe a series of exercises for home use.
Since movement and balance depend so much on nerve communication, removing subluxation through spinal manipulation can restore the free flow of information between the brain and body. The nerves traveling between the upper neck and inner ear impact balance, blood flow, and immune function. Our chiropractors gently coax this region back into proper alignment using their hands.
Canalith Repositioning Procedure
This procedure is designed for patients with BPPV and involves placing the head in a series of four positions. These positions are important because they are designed to move the calcium crystals back into a safe location. Each position is held for 30 to 45 seconds.
Epley’s maneuver is another technique we use to bring inner ear crystals back into proper position. Although the goal is the same as for the canalith repositioning procedure, the movements are different. In this technique, we reposition the entire body, not just the head. Another difference is that the movements differ depending on which ear is affected. Each position is held for 30 seconds.
Since movement relies heavily on balance, we are very careful when designing any movement program for individuals with vertigo or dizziness. The exercises we prescribe are gentle and keep the head in as stationary of a position as possible.
An example of the exercises we provide is the Brandt-Daroff Habituation Exercise. To perform this exercise, the patient sits on the edge of their bed and turns their head 45 degrees. Then, they quickly lay down on the side opposite the head turn direction. Repeating this exercise is a way to reposition inner ear crystals at home.
Natural Treatment for Vertigo and Dizziness
Many people shrug off dizziness or think that they must live with their vertigo. If you fall into either of these groups or somewhere in the middle, we have excellent news. Our chiropractors are dedicated to helping you find natural vertigo solutions to reduce dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms. Please give us a call today to experience what our West Suburban Wellness team can do for you.
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