Vertigo is a symptom of a variety of other conditions and is known for causing you to feel as if you or the things around you are spinning about. Vertigo is part of a vestibular dysfunction. The vestibular system includes parts of the inner ear and brain that process signals about balance and eye movements. If something interrupts or damages these processing areas, vertigo and other vestibular disorders can be the end result. Genetics and environmental conditions can exacerbate these disorders also.
The most commonly diagnosed vestibular disorders that have vertigo as one of their symptoms are:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular neuritis
- Meniere’s disease
- Secondary endolymphatic hydrops
- Perilymph fistula
- Superior canal dehiscence
- Acoustic neuroma
- Enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome
- Vestibular migraine
- Autoimmune disorders
It is quite difficult to accurately diagnose vestibular disorders, leading to inaccurate information regarding how many people actually suffer from one of these conditions. However, even the lowest of estimates drives home the point that vestibular disorders are extremely common today and affect people of all ages.
A recent study reports that as many as 35 percent of adults over the age of 40 in the USA have experienced some sort of vestibular dysfunction. The NIDCD (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders) relates that another 8 million of those in the USA have a chronic balance problem, while another 2.4 million have a chronic problem with dizziness by itself. Vertigo stemming from a vestibular issue makes up a third of all vertigo and dizziness symptoms that people visit their doctors for.
If you are suffering from chronic vertigo or dizziness, you may find it difficult to perform your daily routines. Such activities as bathing, dressing, or simply getting around the house can be difficult. As many as 33.4% of adults with chronic imbalance and 11.5% of adults with chronic dizziness are impacted in this way. Vertigo also takes a toll on social and economic areas of your life.
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What Is Vertigo?
Vertigo, known for a spinning sensation, happens because of a problem within the inner ear, brain, or sensory nerve pathways. It can be temporary or long-term. Sometimes it is connected to mental health issues, but it is not clear if vertigo brings about depression and anxiety because of the impact it has on your daily life, or if the mental health condition brings about vertigo. In addition to balance problems with vertigo, you may have one or more of the following:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Motion sickness
- A feeling of congestion in the ear
Just to be clear, vertigo is not the feeling you will faint, but it is rotational dizziness. It is often broken down into two categories: central and peripheral, defined by what causes each one.
- Peripheral vertigo is linked to the inner ear. The labyrinth of the inner ear has tiny organs that are responsible for sending proper signals to the brain in response to gravity. This lets the brain know when the body has moved from the vertical position. It is what helps you stay upright upon standing. If this system is disturbed, vertigo occurs. It may be due to inflammation or a viral infection.
- Central vertigo is associated with problems of the central nervous system. It usually means a problem with either the brainstem or cerebellum, which deal with the interaction between your perception of vision and balance.
Caring for Vertigo
One of the most common forms of vertigo, as mentioned previously, is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). The American Academy of Neurology’s Quality Standards Subcommittee has published new guidelines for treating BPPV. The authors did a number of evidence-based reviews. They discovered that the best way, in their opinion, to care for BPPV was by using the canalith-repositioning procedure. They report that this is a safe and highly effective way to care for vertigo patients of all ages.
The procedure itself is not difficult and it does not require any special equipment. It has a high effectiveness rate and no complications. Using this procedure can help eliminate many needless brain scans or admissions to the hospital for something that is extremely easy to care for.
Finding Relief Through Upper Cervical Care
An interesting connection has been made between a misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine and the onset of vertigo. This has to do with how the brainstem functions. The C1 and C2 vertebrae were designed to act as protectors for the brainstem. They all sit tightly together at the base of where the skull meets the neck. If either of these bones moves out of place by something as simple as a trip and fall or being rear-ended while in your car, they can wreak havoc on the entire body. These bones begin to put the brainstem under pressure and make it send improper signals to the brain about where the body is located. When the brain receives signals from the ears, eyes, and sensory nerves, they conflict with those being sent by the brainstem. This confuses the brain and causes memory issues resulting in vertigo and other balance disorders.
To realign these bones naturally, here at 1st Place Chiropractic in Saint Charles, Illinois, we use a method that is gentle and does not require us to use force, such as popping or cracking. Rather we encourage the bones to go back into place more naturally, helping the body to naturally restore communication throughout the body. This can result in an improvement in or the end of vertigo.
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