When a person has a vertigo episode, it can be a very startling experience as he or she feels out of control and can no longer regulate balance. The room may appear to be spinning around when in fact the room and the person are standing still. This can be dangerous depending on the circumstances or timing, as the individual may actually fall to the ground. There are a few other symptoms that come with vertigo that are important to become familiar with if you are experiencing any of the related signs of a condition otherwise known as Meniere’s disease. They are as follows:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Nystagmus, or abnormal, rhythmic eye movements
- Trouble with balance
- Difficulty walking
Vertigo is by no means predictable or convenient. The episodes come without warning and disrupt a person’s ability to proceed with everyday life. Driving a car, spending quality time with family, and fulfilling the tasks of a job can prove very difficult if not impossible. Between episodes, many people experience anxiety as they anticipate when the next vertigo attack will be.
Five Reasons for Vertigo Onset
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) – It is normal to have calcium crystal deposits in your ear, but if you have BPPV, it means that those deposits have travelled to a part of your inner ear called the posterior semicircular canal. If crystals lodge themselves here, they become troublesome for your equilibrium, and can give the feeling of movement or spinning, even when you are standing perfectly still.
- Meniere’s disease – The symptoms connected to this disease are debilitating for many of its sufferers. Without warning, a vertigo onset could occur or a number of other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, a feeling of fullness in the inner ear, tinnitus and even loss of hearing.
- Vestibular migraine – About 40% of migraines people experience are due to a disruption in the vestibular system. The difference between these and other migraines is they often include symptoms such as sudden vertigo onset (with nausea and vomiting), dizziness and loss of balance, ringing of the ears, and extreme light sensitivity.
- Labyrinthitis – This is a bacterial infection of the inner ear, a complication that can cause vertigo or issues with balance. This often happens following a middle ear infection that continues to travel deeper into the ear, and can even lead to a perforated eardrum.
- Vestibular neuronitis – The vestibular nerve is vital in controlling your sense of balance. When the nerve swells or is irritated, it can cause vertigo symptoms for as long as a week or more. Companion symptoms are nausea, vomiting, and a condition called nystagmus, or strange movements of the eye.
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Key Players in Vertigo Disruption
Vertigo is known to be associated with parts of the brain and the inner ear, which all are necessary players in your sense of balance, position and motion:
- The inner ear
- Brainstem and cerebellum
- Nerves that connect the inner ear to the brainstem and cerebellum
Two-thirds of this combined system that is required for your equilibrium are located in your central nervous system. These nerves are the communication system between the brain and body, allowing your body to function optimally and predictably and also regulating the important role of healing and restoration within the body. This vital system is surrounded by bone, located within your spinal column. It travels up to the brainstem, located in the upper two vertebrae, where it then meets the brain.
Proper alignment with these vertebrae is vital for full communication within the body. Any disruptions could inhibit normal use of your vision, your sensors in your limbs, and your inner ear, which are important keys to having a regulated sense of balance. Possible outcomes from a misalignment in the spine that would interrupt signals between brain and body are vertigo, loss of balance, irregular equilibrium, dizziness — all familiar symptoms for a vertigo sufferer. Correcting a neck misalignment or having the upper vertebrae examined could lead to healing and alleviation of the symptoms.
Restoration and Relief from Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Thankfully there is specialized care for this part of the spine. Upper cervical chiropractors have had much success resolving longstanding vertigo symptoms with their gentle treatment. They have found that vertigo sufferers often have had some type of head or neck injury in the past, resulting in a poorly lined up upper vertebra. This could be caused by any number of circumstance like a fall, sports collision, or car accident. Just a slight adjustment to the neck has brought immediate relief to many patients.
Our trained staff know that a previous injury could be the reason behind vertigo symptoms, so when new patients come into our office, we will go through a detailed history of their past injuries, mild or extreme. Our thorough examination procedures focus in on even the slightest incorrect positioning of the spine so that we can perform precise adjustments focused on the unique issue of each person. This is not a singular occasion of relief, however. The body responds to the correction, healing surrounding tissues and restoring proper muscle function, which supports the corrective change. This is why patients often see long-term results and can resume life without fear and anxiety about future episodes.
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