Home Care And Vertigo: What’s The Relationship?

Vertigo affects millions of people. Did you know that cervical injuries can cause many cases of vertigo? Read on to learn how you might get relief for your vertigo through chiropractic adjustments.

Over 90 million Americans, age 17 and older, have experienced a dizziness or balance problem and it affects an estimated 64 people in every 100,000. Vertigo is one of the most common health problems in adults. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 40 percent of people in the United States experience feeling dizzy at least once during their lifetime.Vertigo, an inner ear problem causing dizziness, is a condition many elderly people face; however, it is not only affecting those falling in that specific age category.

The dizziness caused by this common condition can lead to substantial disability with falls, fear of falling, and loss of independence. Severe vertigo can be disabling and may result in complications such as irritability, loss of self-esteem, and depression. However, this differs from true dizziness because Vertigo implies that there is a sensation of motion either of the person or the environment, often perceived as if the room is spinning around you or you are moving through the room.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common form of vertigo usually initiated by sudden head movements or moving the head in certain directions. Vertigo can also be caused by inflammation of the inner ear, Meniere’s disease, decreased blood flow to the base of the brain, head trauma, and migraines.[1. WebMD, 2011] If true vertigo exists, symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, sweating, and abnormal eye movements could also be present at the time of an episode.

Because vertigo usually occurs as a result of a disorder in the vestibular system (i.e., the inner ear, vestibular nerve, brainstem, and cerebellum), the focus of ongoing research is to determine the precise connection between the structures of the inner ear and the brain.[2. Remedy Health Media, 2011]

What that says is that the medical community is going to now focus their research on the nervous system and the structures that surround it which is the spine and its structure. The inner ear contains fluid and allows the brain to monitor movement and maintain balance, but when the structure of the upper cervical area is damaged and out of place, this puts added stress on to the ear canal and structures surrounding it making it impossible for the brain to communicate with the body like it should.   This upper cervical area has always been the focus of Chiropractic.

Research shows that there is a link between upper cervical trauma or injury and the onset of vertigo and when the injury to that area is reduced or removed it reduced or eliminated the symptoms of vertigo.[3. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 2006 (Nov 8); 1–9] Chiropractic doesn’t cure or treat the condition of vertigo.  Yet, it addresses the cause of the problem at the upper cervical spine to give the body it’s ideal opportunity to heal and function normally.

Whether you’re dizzy yet or not, the only way to know the position of your spine is a nerve analysis and a subsequent   x-ray if problems are discovered.  If there are issues found, then a corrective care chiropractor can utilized adjustments and specialized exercise unique to your spine to correct the position of the spine. While adjustments are key , correction only occurs with a combination of both the doctor adjusting your spine and home care.