What Causes Vertigo and How Do You Get Relief Naturally?

December 20, 2020|Vertigo / Dizziness| by Harrison Salisbury

It’s frustrating and alarming to feel like everything around you is whirling or spinning when you’re standing still at the office or home. The symptom even worsens if you experience other problems such as double vision, vomiting, and nausea. In medical terms, we call this dizzying sensation vertigo. It’s a prevalent problem among many people.

When the episodes occur, they can take a toll on your overall well-being and affect your life and routine. Thankfully, you can find permanent relief from this health problem simply by deep-diving into the root cause of the symptom and seeking help from professionals like a vertigo chiropractor in West Jordan.

 

Vertigo and Your Ability to Perceive Balance

Have you ever wondered how you can stand up straight or avoid falling over when you walk? If you frequently experience vertigo episodes, knowing the answer to that question can make a lot of difference in your life. That’s because essentially when vertigo attacks happen, your body is telling you that there’s something wrong with your sense of balance. To perceive motion and balance, your brain combines the signals that come from the following parts of your body: 

  • Eyes – Visual cues like seeing an object moving towards you or seeing the path you walk on serve as crucial information that helps your brain understand how you’re oriented in relation to your surroundings. 
  • Skin, muscles, and joints – The skin and muscular system also have sensors referred to as proprioceptors. When you walk, stand, run, or do other movements, these tiny little sensors send signals to your brain so it can gauge how you are positioned in a particular space.  
  • Vestibular system – The vestibular system provides you with the second function of your ear –   the ability to perceive balance, motion, and spatial orientation with respect to your head’s position.

Your brainstem then serves as the information highway, where all the signals from your eyes, skin, muscular system and vestibular system pass through to reach the brain. If every part involved in transmitting the signals works well, your brain can process information correctly. Consequently, you can make necessary adjustments so you can maintain or shift your position. If in case something goes wrong inside your vestibular system or your brainstem, vertigo may occur. 

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What Causes Your Vertigo Episodes? 

  • BPPV 

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV is one of the leading reasons patients visit a vertigo chiropractor in West Jordan. If your vertigo arises BPPV, you will most likely experience the spinning sensations when you suddenly do movements like turning your head and rolling over to the other side of the bed. BPPV happens when calcium particles or ear rocks from the inner portion of the ear ends up in another area where it shouldn’t be. When this happens, your brain thinks that you’re moving even when you’re not.   

  • Meniere’s disease 

Another possible cause of your vertigo episodes is Meniere’s disease. Often, vertigo caused by Meniere’s can be extremely debilitating because it comes with symptoms like temporary hearing loss, ringing inside the ear, and ear congestion. It can occur for people as young as 20 years old. The episodes usually last for an hour, but they could extend the whole day. 

  • Labyrinthitis 

Does your vertigo episodes usually occur with symptoms such as pain, fever, and hearing loss? If you answer yes, it may be caused by labyrinthitis, a bacterial type infection that affects the inner ear. Additionally, if you had other ear infections like otitis media or have a perforated eardrum, you may be at high risk of experiencing labyrinthitis-caused vertigo. 

  • Vestibular neuronitis

If you have vestibular neuronitis, your vestibular nerve swelled due to a viral infection. You end up suffering from severe vertigo bouts because your vestibular nerve’s normal function, which is to help you control and perceive balance, gets impaired. Until your infection clears, you will most likely experience repeated vertigo episodes. 

 

A Vertigo Chiropractor in West Jordan Can Help

Migraine and vertigo often come hand in hand. Many patients with BPPV and Meniere’s disease come to us and say they had severe migraine and vertigo episodes on the same day. We also had patients who complain of migraine and vertigo resulting from their ear infections. In most cases, the problem arises from a misalignment in the C1 and C2, the uppermost cervical bones which house the brainstem.

If their natural position gets messed up, it puts pressure on your brainstem,  affecting the normal flow of signals from your sensory organs. Besides protecting the brainstem, your upper cervical bones also support the head, so if their alignment skews even by the tiniest fraction, you’ll experience plenty of adverse effects. 

Because of such reasons, seeing a vertigo chiropractor in West Jordan makes a lot of sense. At Brain & Spine Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we help patients who experience vertigo episodes seek long-term relief. If you recently suffered from a neck or head injury because of an accident or any other major incident, your neck bones might have misaligned, causing your pain and discomfort.

As your upper cervical care chiropractor, we will help you correct the bone alignment to ease the pressure on your brainstem and encourage the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid and blood to your brain. Ultimately, through the adjustments, you can also free yourself from vertigo and its symptoms.

 

See Our Chiropractor For Your Vertigo Today

Are you ready to see a vertigo chiropractor in West Jordan for your vertigo episodes? Regardless of the leading cause of your vertigo, we will check your neck to assess the misalignment. We will gauge how much we should adjust the bones and customize the approach based on your condition. We will focus on the affected areas in your C1 and C2 region and use precise and careful adjustments to fix the problem. Learn more about our method by reaching out to our team through our contact page or directly at (801) 784-8217.

 

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