Vertigo is a prevalent symptom, but not well understood by many. Patients who are seeking vertigo relief in St. Charles, IL first and foremost should know these facts. 

Whether you experience chronic or occasional bouts of vertigo, these facts should help you learn the characteristics of your condition, as well as guide you in finding the solution that can get your life back on track. 

1. Vertigo can be spinning, tilting or swaying sensations

Vertigo pertains to the false feeling of movement. In most cases, it feels like you or the room around you is spinning. However, even the sensation of tilting or swaying is also vertigo. Some patients describe their vertigo similar to the feeling when you get off a boat after staying for a long time in the ocean. You can still feel the rocking and swaying feeling even after you get out of the water. Vertigo is also the reason why some people say the ground was coming up to meet them when they fall.

2. It is a symptom, not a condition

Vertigo is a symptom of an underlying illness. Unfortunately, many people who consult a doctor for vertigo never learn what is behind the problem. A study showed that BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) is the most common cause of vestibular vertigo accounting for about 20–30% of diagnoses in hospitals and clinics. BPPV hits following specific head movements.

3. There are two types of vertigo

Vertigo that is due to an inner ear condition is called peripheral vertigo, while vertigo that develops because of a neurological condition is called central vertigo

4. Duration of vertigo may tell the underlying cause of it

For most vertigo patients, the attacks only last a couple of seconds to a few minutes. However, if vertigo persists longer than 20 minutes, it may indicate a rare vestibular disorder called Meniere’s disease. Another possibility, although it happens very rarely, is perpetual vertigo.

5. It can occur even when you are lying down

Closing your eyes not to see the room moving does not stop the false feeling of movement. Laying down does not fix the problem either, although it can help you prevent a serious fall. Therefore, it is always best to go somewhere safe to lay down or sit during a bout of vertigo. Positional vertigo is often the culprit behind vertigo attacks when you wake up in the morning. 

6. Some habits can trigger the attacks

Letting go of bad habits and making some lifestyle adjustments can help you avoid future attacks. Unknown by many, things as little as skipping a meal or failing to cope with stress can already trigger vertigo attacks. Lack of sleep, dehydration, and some foods are also in the list of triggers. We urge you to have a regular eating and sleeping schedule. Also, practice relaxation and stress-relieving techniques. 

6. It could be Meniere’s disease

Meniere’s disease is under the peripheral type of vertigo. Its episodes can last anywhere from 20 minutes to a whole day. It can be very severe. Some of its symptoms are hearing loss, feeling of fullness in the affected ear, and tinnitus (ringing in the ear).

7. But more likely it is a migraine 

Migraines belong to the central type of vertigo because they are neurological in origin. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, 39 million Americans have migraines, and as many as 40% have vestibular symptoms such as vertigo. Migraines are behind millions of cases of vertigo in the United States alone.

The Often-Overlooked Cause of Vertigo 

Those who are seeking vertigo relief in St. Charles, IL are likely unaware of the root cause of their vertigo. One underlying cause that is frequently overlooked even by medical professionals is an atlas misalignment. The atlas is the topmost bone in the neck (also called upper cervical spine). 

Its alignment has numerous impacts on various systems of the body that are responsible for balance and spatial orientation.

  • Brainstem function

The atlas surrounds and protects the brainstem. Therefore, its misalignments can bring problems in the central nervous system. Atlas misalignment can be the reason for several conditions that bring central vertigo. 

  • Blood flow

An atlas misalignment can limit the blood flow entering and exiting the head. Whether restriction of blood flow occurs in the ears or brain, vertigo can ensue.

  • Eustachian tube function

The eustachian tubes contain excess fluid away from the ears. If these tubes do not work properly, too much fluid will remain in the ears, causing vertigo. Since the atlas is near these tubes, a misalignment can result in a lesion that causes vertigo. 

Vertigo Relief in St. Charles, IL Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic

That being the case, the atlas plays a part in many causes of vertigo. So, if you experience vertigo, it just makes sense to have an upper cervical chiropractor examine your atlas.

Upper cervical chiropractic is a niche within the chiropractic that puts attention on the atlas. Doctors doing this method take precise measurements of the atlas so that they can administer gentle and safe adjustments. Upper cervical adjustments tend to last longer, giving the body ample time to recover from damages brought by misalignments.Scheduling a consultation with us here at 1st Place Chiropractic in St. Charles, Illinois is an excellent way to find out if upper cervical chiropractic is the right vertigo care for you.