09 May Holistic Help for Vertigo
We know from medical science that problems in one part of your body often create ripple effects that spread to other areas. Our holistic care at Eastern Oklahoma Chiropractic addresses these ripples by employing whole-body treatments for a variety of conditions, including vertigo. Chiropractic care for vertigo helps you feel better while avoiding the downsides of medications or invasive treatments.
Facts About Vertigo
Vertigo isn’t a specific disease, but rather a collection of symptoms with a range of causes. The hallmark of this condition is a dizzy sensation that everything around you is moving.
Vertigo is common, affecting almost 40% of Americans at least one time during their lives. The risks go up when you’re over age 65.
Persistent or severe vertigo should be checked out medically to rule out major illnesses such as brain tumors. However, most cases of vertigo aren’t serious, and treatments are available to reduce or even eliminate symptoms.
An episode of vertigo can be sudden and frightening. Depending on the cause of your vertigo, symptoms may last from less than a minute to hours. They include:
- Feeling as if you’re moving or that the room is spinning
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Sensation of being off-balance
- Ringing in the ears
- Hearing loss
- Abnormal, sudden eye movements
- Blurred vision
Types and Causes of Vertigo
Vertigo comes in two major types. The most common type is peripheral vertigo, where the source of the problem is the inner ear, which is responsible for balance. The other type is central vertigo which is caused by problems in the brain.
A common cause of vertigo is BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). Symptoms are triggered when changing the position of your head shifts inner ear crystals into the wrong position.
Other causes include:
- Meniere’s disease, a buildup of fluids in the inner ear
- Some types of medication
- Viral infections of the ears or vestibular nerve
- Injuries to the head or neck
How Your Chiropractor Treats Vertigo
Chiropractic care provides noninvasive, effective treatments for vertigo.
Symptoms that show up in the ears and head often have their roots in spinal problems. Chiropractic treatment brings your musculoskeletal system back to its proper alignment. This improves your sense of balance and the performance of your nervous system, helping to prevent and relieve vertigo.
In the case of vertigo due to inner ear fluid buildup, misalignments in the spine can impede the movement of cerebral spinal fluids, leading to blockages. Chiropractic adjustments align the cervical vertebrae, reducing the fluid buildups that trigger vertigo.
Your chiropractor can also help you with positioning exercises that reset the components of your inner ear, relieving symptoms and promoting your body’s ability to heal naturally.
Tips for Relieving and Preventing Vertigo
Ask your chiropractor for more information on ways to reduce vertigo symptoms naturally, such as:
- Home exercises
- Proper posture
- Avoiding dehydration
- Reducing stress with deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi and other methods
- Getting enough sleep, with the head elevated
- Nutritious diet
- Cutting back on alcohol and caffeine
Schedule a Complimentary Consultation at Our Broken Arrow Office
Relief for your vertigo can begin today. Call Eastern Oklahoma Chiropractic at 918-940-4630.