Answers and Hope for Vertigo Sufferers

December 17, 2017|Vertigo / Dizziness| by Harrison Salisbury

Vertigo Treatment West Jordan UT, vertigo causes, feeling dizzy, causes of dizziness, what causes dizziness and lightheadedness, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo treatment, how to get rid of vertigo, vertigo symptoms, labyrinthitis, how to stop vertigoVertigo is a specific type of dizziness that is experienced as a false sensation of movement.  People in the midst of a vertigo attack usually feel as if the environment around them is spinning or that they themselves are spinning.  Vertigo may also feel like you’re being pulled to one side, or you may simply lose your balance suddenly and fall.  Aside from the experience of false motion, vertigo episodes are often accompanied by other common symptoms:

    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Nystagmus, which are abnormal, rhythmic eye movements
    • Difficulty with balance
  • Trouble walking

Vertigo can be extremely disruptive and even debilitating when it comes to everyday life.  It may prevent a person’s ability to go to work, drive a car, and care for their family.  Making matters worse, during vertigo-free times, the anxiety of when the next attack might occur can be equally as crippling.

Five Common Causes of Vertigo

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) – BPPV produces episodes of vertigo in response to changes in head position.  BPPV usually develops when calcium crystals called otoconia come loose from part of the inner ear and travel into another area of the inner ear where they aren’t ordinarily found, most commonly the posterior semicircular canal.  The three fluid-filled semicircular canals within the inner ear help with balance and when displaced particles collect there, it can create the false sensation of moving or spinning.
  • Meniere’s disease – vertigo episodes associated with Meniere’s disease can be some of the most disabling.  They are sudden and unprovoked vertigo attacks that usually come along with nausea, vomiting, and pressure in the affected ear.  Meniere’s disease sufferers may also experience fluctuating hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
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  • Vestibular migraine – approximately 40% of migraine sufferers will experience vestibular dysfunction involving dizziness or loss of balance before, during, or after the migraine event.  The vestibular symptoms that occur with a migraine often include dizziness, spontaneous vertigo attacks (often with nausea or vomiting), light sensitivity and decreased ability to focus the eyes, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and intolerance to motion of the head or eyes.
  • Labyrinthitis – bacterial infections of the inner ear can cause vertigo and loss of balance.  Bacteria can enter the inner ear as a result of a common middle ear infection (otitis media) or can develop as a complication of a perforated eardrum.  
  • Vestibular neuronitis – the vestibular nerve is the branch of the 8th cranial nerve that helps to control your sense of balance.  This nerve can become inflamed causing severe vertigo that can last for a week or more.  The vertigo attack comes along with nausea, vomiting, and abnormal eye movements called nystagmus.

Getting to the Roots of Vertigo

Vertigo is most commonly caused by issues with the parts of the ear and brain that play a role in maintaining balance by sensing position and motion:

    • The inner ear
    • Brainstem and cerebellum
  • Nerves that connect the inner ear to the brainstem and cerebellum

Two of the three components just mentioned are part of your body’s central nervous system (CNS), which is responsible for maintaining normal communication between your brain and body.  This is the system that ensures that the body’s self-healing and self-maintaining properties function as they should.  This system is so critical to your health and survival that it is completely encased in bone – your brain within the skull and your brainstem and spinal cord within the spinal column.  

Maintaining a sense of balance relies on input from several sources.  Your vision, sensors in your limbs called proprioceptors, and your inner ear all generate signals that are sent over your nerves to your brain so that the appropriate adjustments can be made in order for you to stay balanced.  An interruption or distortion of these signals can lead to the sensation of vertigo.  A head or neck injury can cause a misalignment of the vertebra that sits just beneath the skull.  Your atlas vertebra holds the head up, allows your head to move freely, and also provides protection for the brainstem.  Because of where it is positioned and how it is shaped, if it is not positioned properly it can cause direct irritation of the inner ear or the vestibular nerve that connects the brainstem to the inner ear.

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care Brings Hope and Healing

Upper cervical chiropractic care has been achieving success in many vertigo cases because we are focused on realigning the atlas.  Many vertigo sufferers share one thing in common – some type of head or neck injury in their past history.  Sometimes even minor things such as a fall, a sports accident, or a fender bender in the parking lot may not cause immediate suffering but can cause a small atlas misalignment that does not begin to influence normal function until a vertigo episode arises.

When a vertigo patient comes to our office, we take time to understand their health history to identify if an atlas misalignment can be the possible underlying cause of the problem.  We use precise diagnostic imaging to detect even the slightest misalignments, which also allows for extremely precise adjustments that are tailored for each of our patients.  Upper cervical adjustments themselves are also different.  They are very gentle and do not require any forceful twisting or popping of the neck in order to accomplish the desired result.  Once normal alignment is restored, the healing process can take place as optimally and efficiently as possible.  Reliving brainstem irritation has helped many of our vertigo patients find natural, lasting relief and get back to living their lives without fear of when symptoms might return.

References:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/ear,-nose,-and-throat-disorders/symptoms-of-ear-disorders/dizziness-and-vertigo

http://vestibular.org/migraine-associated-vertigo-mav

 

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