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Posted on 02-02-2016
How to Treat Vertigo
Author: Amanda Fuller
What is vertigo?
Have you ever felt as though objects around you are moving when they are not? What about a spinning or swaying sensation? These feelings of dizziness are often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating or even difficulties walking. If you have ever experienced any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from vertigo!
Vertigo is a symptom rather than a medical condition. It can be caused by either a disturbance in the balance organs in the inner ear, or by parts of the brain or sensory pathways. Peripheral vertigo refers to inner ear problems and central vertigo is that caused by central nervous system disturbances.
How is vertigo treated?
Some types of vertigo can actually disappear without treatment. Others, however, will require treatment. Rather than taking the symptomatic drug route, chiropractic can naturally treat vertigo. It is often a common symptom after head and neck trauma. Here are the ways chiropractors can help treat vertigo:
- Manipulation: targeting joints that aren’t moving properly. For example, in the upper neck – faulty motion patterns can create misinformation about body position and movement going from joints to the brain.
- The inner ear houses the body’s balance center: vestibulocochlear system – made up of fluid-filled tubes with hair like sensors that provide info to central nervous system about position and movement. If debris accumulates on sensitive areas within the tubes, you may experience vertigo. Chiropractors may use the Epley Maneuver, which repositions debris that accumulates in the sensitive areas within tubes.
- Recommend specific exercises to improve the condition: Brandt Daroff – sit at edge of the bed, flop to one side, sit upright, then flop to the other side at 1 minute intervals.
- Diet & Lifestyle suggestions: Tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and other substances that either stimulate or depress the CNS can become triggers for vertigo. Meditation, relaxation and breathing techniques can help with this.
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-Dr. Ryan Curda
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