Vertigo is a powerful symptom. A vertigo attack can be so strong that it can make a person drop to the floor. As a result, people get the help of upper cervical chiropractors in St. Charles for relief. Imagine your self whirling around for so long that when you stand still your equilibrium can’t recover and your world doesn’t stop from rotating. That’s how a vertigo attack feels.

Vertigo may come along with other symptoms: 

  • Spatial disorientation
  • Vision disturbances
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting

It’s hard to relate to vertigo until you experience it yourself. The risk of unexpected episodes and the onset of unfamiliar symptoms makes it extremely difficult to manage and get used to. It can disrupt every facet of a person’s life –  work, quality time with family and friends, and even a person’s ability to drive. 

Learning about vertigo, its nature, and its link to what is happening in your body is vital to getting the right form of relief.

The Vestibular System Keeps the Body’s Balance

Among all the body’s systems, the vestibular system manages the sending of correct signals to the brain about the body’s position (also known as spatial awareness), which keeps your balance. It may not cross our mind often, but we absolutely benefit from having the ability to control our body despite inconsistencies in the footing we are stepping on. Our vestibular system makes such activity possible without an accident. 

However, vertigo patients could all of a sudden experience vision problems, loss of balance, and confusion due to the irregularity in their vestibular system. For the body to maintain balance, all the following body parts and senses work together, so the brain receives accurate information about the body’s position in its environment.

  • Sight

The eyes send information to the brain about where you are in your surroundings.

  • Vestibular System

Within the inner ear lies the critical components for the body’s spatial awareness, equilibrium, and sense of motion.

  • Proprioception

The brain receives information from every part of your body through your sense of touch. These messages commonly involve data like how much pressure you exert on both your feet while walking. These messages allow the brain to lead the body through the conditions around you. 

The Connection of the Brainstem to Vertigo

We must not forget another valuable member in the process of keeping our balance — it is none other than the brainstem. The only way the pieces of information from different senses moves to the brain is through the brainstem. Any disruption of information can lead to confusion, further resulting in loss of balance and the symptoms of vertigo.

Protecting the brainstem are bones called the atlas and axis (C1 and C2). These two vertebrae join forces to support the head and enable its free movement while also protecting other critical nerves  and blood vessels. 

Think of the mail sorters at the post office, sending each letter or package with accuracy to the designated addresses. The brainstem does a similar job of sending nerve signals to the right places. For this reason, protecting the brainstem from damage is essential.

Common Vertigo Relief Options

Before treating vertigo, doctors ask for the patient’s health history, have the patient undergo various examinations, and give a diagnosis for the medical condition that is causing the vertigo. Most of the time, vertigo is being caused by an underlying health condition. 

Once doctors figure out the source of the vertigo, they make a care plan for patients. Several treatment options are available for vertigo patients. The three most frequently offered options are the following:

  • Medications

The most prescribed medications are anti-nausea drugs, antihistamines, and nerve suppressants. However, they may have adverse effects and only provide short-lived relief for symptoms.

  • Canalith repositioning maneuvers

This form of therapy will benefit those with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), a disorder that is due to the dislodging of tiny calcium crystals within the inner ear where they cause imbalance and dizziness. The maneuvers should move the crystals to their proper location in the ear or a part of the ear where they won’t cause trouble.

  • Dietary adjustments

Meniere’s disease is due to excessive fluid in the inner ear. Patients with Meniere’s disease should reduce their sodium intake so that the fluid levels in their inner ear and whole body drop to a reasonable amount.

Be Clear of Vertigo Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Upper cervical chiropractic in St. Charles, IL, particularly here at 1st Place Chiropractic, brings a natural form of relief from vertigo symptoms. Upper cervical chiropractic care is becoming more and more common as a great alternative method to solve vertigo and other balance disorders. What makes it an excellent option if not the best?

St. Charles, IL upper cervical chiropractors put their full attention on the atlas and axis vertebrae where the brainstem is housed. Correction of misalignments in this area of the body can put an end to the communication glitches occurring between the brain and the body. These mistakes can lead to a misunderstanding between the various systems responsible for the body’s sense of balance and equilibrium. If left uncorrected, the errors can also irritate the eustachian tube, a contributor to vertigo symptoms. 

Every patient who visits our practice receives gentle and accurate care. Visit our website and schedule a consultation with us to relieve your severe and frequent episodes of vertigo. This could be the long-term solution you are looking for.

References:

http://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder/symptoms
http://www.entnet.org/content/menieres-disease
http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/ear,-nose,-and-throat-disorders/approach-to-the-patient-with-ear-problems/dizziness-and-vertigo