Vertigo is a common ailment, but that doesn’t mean it is well understood. We’re going to take a closer look at 7 common misconceptions about vertigo. This will help you to get a better understanding of this symptom in general. Then we will reveal how many people who suffer from this problem are beginning to find natural relief in St. Charles, Illinois.
Myth #1 – Vertigo Is Just Really Bad Dizziness
While vertigo is often classified as a form of dizziness, it doesn’t just mean that you’re really dizzy. Vertigo is specifically connected to false sensations of movement, and not just a spinning feeling, although that is the most common way it is described. Any false sensation of movement, whether things appear to be moving around you or you feel like you are moving when you are not, is vertigo.
Myth #2 – Vertigo Disease Is a Medical Condition
Vertigo disease is what people search for to avoid getting results about the comic book company or the famous Hitchcock film. However, vertigo is really just a symptom of many different conditions and diseases. Everything from Meniere’s disease to multiple sclerosis can lead to vertigo, so finding out what is causing the problem is often a key element to finding the right form of natural care.
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Myth #3 – No One Knows the Cause of Vertigo
While it is true that half of vertigo patients never get an official diagnosis of what is causing the problem, this is a symptom of something wrong in the body, so it doesn’t just happen for no reason. The most common diagnosis is BPPV, but many doctors use this any time the cause is idiopathic (they don’t know what is wrong). BPPV basically just means that your vertigo begins when you move your head a certain way. Because of this, it is usually linked to crystals in the inner ear canals being out of position and thus sending false signals to the brain about where you are in relation to your surroundings. However, if this was always the case, canalith repositioning techniques would have a better success rate and provide longer lasting results.
Myth #4 – Vertigo Is Just a Part of Getting Older
A lot of older people get dizzy and fall down from time to time, but that doesn’t make it a normal part of getting older. For one thing, researchers have found that some people are just more prone to getting vertigo than others. Second, the onset of vertigo often begins following head or neck trauma. This can’t be a coincidence. It also makes sense that we get vertigo more often as we age because we are more likely to have multiple injuries that could be causing the underlying circumstances for vertigo.
Myth #5 – Vertigo Is Always an Ear Problem
While the majority of cases of vertigo are classified as peripheral (related to the ear) rather than central (related to the central nervous system), the ear is not the only part of the body that comes into play. The brain has to interpret the signals from the ear. Thus, proper blood flow to the head, brainstem function, and other nervous system elements can also be at the root of vertigo.
Myth #6 – Vertigo Is Never Life-Threatening
There are two problems with that statement. First of all, vertigo can be an indicator of a cardiac event or stroke. In these cases, immediate medical attention is necessary. The other issue is that vertigo can lead to a fall, and falls can be deadly, especially for the elderly (who seem to face vertigo more often than everyone else). So while vertigo itself may not cause death, it can be indirectly related to a fall or other health condition that does. Therefore, it is important not to ignore vertigo.
Myth #7 – There Is No Natural Way to Help Vertigo
This is the biggest myth of them all. In fact, it sounds like a pharmaceutical company trying to convince you that you have to live on their pills for the rest of your life. While not all vertigo causing conditions can be relieved naturally, many go back to the same underlying issue that can definitely be corrected.
Many cases of vertigo are the result of a slight misalignment of the top bones of the neck. The C1 and C2 vertebrae can affect everything from brainstem function and blood flow to the head to ear function. As a result, it makes sense to see an upper cervical chiropractor if you are dealing with vertigo on a chronic basis, especially if you have a history of head or neck injuries that could have caused the misalignment.
1st Place Chiropractic – Your Source for Natural Vertigo Help
At 1st place Chiropractic, we believe in taking a holistic approach to health by relieving the many symptoms which can spring from an upper cervical alignment. Adjustments are precise and are always gentle, making this a form of care that is safe for the entire family. There is none of the cracking or jerking motions associated with general chiropractic.
To learn more or to schedule a consultation, give us a call today at (630) 584-5200, or you can fill out the simple form on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you. Getting natural relief from vertigo may be easier than you thought. Examining your upper cervical spine for a misalignment is the first step.
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