Vertigo is a disorder that can be life-altering. The feelings of disorientation and loss of balance can prevent one from performing even the most ordinary tasks. Although this condition is generally caused by an inner-ear problem, seeing a chiropractor for vertigo can provide immense relief.
Vertigo: Causes and Conditions
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV or simply vertigo) is most commonly caused by a build-up of miniscule calcium deposits in the canals of the inner ear. Other pretexts for vertigo include head injuries, lack of blood flow to the brain, migraines, and a misalignment of the neck vertebrae. Similarly, heart disease, smoking, diabetes, and blood pressure may also make you more susceptible to vertigo.
The feelings that vertigo sufferers describe can vary from mild dizziness to feelings of falling, to sensations of being pulled in one direction. More acutely physical symptoms may also include nausea, headache, sweating, or even hearing loss. All symptoms can be relatively fleeting or last for hours.
Seeing a chiropractor for vertigo is something that may not come to mind at the onset of symptoms, but in fact, chiropractic maneuvers are both non-invasive and highly effective.
Because of vertigo’s varying causes and symptoms, the professionals at Michigan Chiropractic Specialists are careful to take in-depth, comprehensive evaluations. Drs. Adam and Amanda Apfelblat take complete physical assessments in order to determine the cause of each patient’s unique condition.
Fortunately, vertigo can often be cured by only a few adjustments. Vertigo may cause the brain to receive improper messages about the body’s movement and positioning. This is the result of improper joint movement in the upper neck. By targeting these joints, chiropractic manipulation allows the nervous system to regain its proper functioning. This technique also helps these muscles realign themselves to the brain, providing additional relief.
Other circumstances may call for the Epley maneuver. First developed in the 1980s by Dr. John Epley, the Epley maneuver is a series of movements carried out by a chiropractor that reposition the displaced and concentrated crystals within the inner ear. These simple movements return the crystals to the part of the inner ear where they belong, effectively curing the symptoms of vertigo.
In addition to these safe and common practices, chiropractors will often recommend exercises. The Sermont maneuver, Foster maneuver, Brandt-Daroff exercise, and even tai chi are all tasks that can be done at home to provide further relief. Similarly, meditation and relaxation or breathing techniques may help to regain control from spells of vertigo.
Is It Safe?
Chiropractors are medically trained professionals with expertise in the spine, vertebrae, muscles, and joints. They are well-versed in the causes and symptoms of vertigo. If you have never received chiropractic care, adjustments and manipulation may feel unusual or unconventional, especially for an inner-ear condition.
However, because of the highly interconnected functions of the head, neck, and shoulders, much research on chiropractic treatment for vertigo has been conducted. The techniques employed by chiropractors have been found to be both safe and effective.
If you have experienced any symptoms of vertigo or feel you may be at risk, you should be evaluated by a professional.
No matter how mild or severe the discomfort, the professionals at Michigan Chiropractic Specialists will make sure you are on your way to a better you.