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Chiropractic Care for Vertigo

Vertigo is not only scary but can also be very debilitating.  Vertigo causes dizziness, a lightheaded or foggy feeling, nausea, blurred vision, headaches, false sense of movement, and fainting or the feeling that you are about to faint.  While there are many reasons and triggers for vertigo symptoms, there is also a large variety of remedies.  Chiropractic care is one of the best all-natural types of care and can help not only reduce symptoms, but also prevent flair-ups.

There are two primary techniques used when chiropractors treat vertigo, the first of which is usually a basic adjustment.  Regular adjustments allow your nervous system, the body’s master control system, to function at its highest maximum level.  When you adjust your spine, your nervous system is encased and facilitates better communication between the brain and the body.  Your ears, lymph nodes, and immune system are positioned for faster healing with much greater ease after each adjustment. 

One type of vertigo, called cervical vertigo, is caused by improperly moving joints in the cervical spine.  This can be caused from a recent neck injury that leads to incorrect information being sent to the brain about movement and body positioning.  This misinformation can cause dizziness and a spinning sensation.  Manipulations and adjustments can realign the joints and vertebrae in the cervical spine, correcting the nervous systems pathways and allowing for a clearer communication.

The second technique used by chiropractors is the Epley Maneuver, which is a repositioning technique of the inner ear.  This is done to facilitate the recalibration of the inner ear and its components.  It’s a non-invasive maneuver and truly supports the body’s natural healing abilities.  Your equilibrium is centered and based between your ears, and any disruptions can cause extreme vertigo.  Chiropractic care can treat the underlining issue and cause, and with follow-up care, prevent reoccurrences. 

A very common type of vertigo, BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), is caused from movement of crystals around the inner ear.  The crystals come from the otolith organs and make you sensitive to gravity.  They can shift out from the organ and into other parts of the vestibular labyrinth, altering center of balance and causing the vertigo symptoms.  Chiropractic care will entail using the Epley Maneuver to shift your head in different positions, repositioning the crystals inside the inner ear. 

Along with in-office chiropractic care, your chiropractor may send you home with exercises and activities to help ease your vertigo.  One of the most common at-home exercises used is the Brandt-Daroff exercise.  This entails starting in the upright position; you will then slowly lie down, with your nose pointed up at a 45-degree angle.  You should remain in this position for at least 30 seconds, or until your symptoms subside, whichever is longer.  Once you have noticed the vertigo symptoms subside, move back to the upright position and then do the same thing on the other side of your body. 

For other vertigo relief methods and exercises contact your chiropractor today, schedule your appointment call Dr. Ryan Duncan with Duncan Chiropractic.