If you are suffering from vertigo, then you know all too well the spinning feeling that is often the way this vestibular issue manifests itself. Many who suffer from this extremely common ailment are looking for drug-free ways to keep it under control. Today, we are going to discuss two ways: essential oils and upper cervical chiropractic care.
First, let’s look at the top 5 essential oils for vertigo patients. While research is limited, some patients swear by this natural home remedy. Then we will consider how upper cervical chiropractic care is providing evidence-based hope for many vertigo sufferers.
Oil 1 – Thyme
Thyme is an amazing herb with great medicinal properties. In fact, one study found that it was better for menstrual cramping that ibuprofen. Of course, pain and dizziness are two different symptoms, but many people treat thyme oil as a sort of cure-all. Besides pain relief, it is often used as an antiseptic, a general tonic, and to fight dizziness. You can try diffusing the oil or drinking tea made from thyme.
Oil 2 – Peppermint
Peppermint oil contains a compound called menthol. This is often used in cough drops and other cold remedies. Since vertigo can be related to illnesses like a cold or flu, it makes sense to have this essential oil on our list. Peppermint is also supposed to help with blood flow, and reduced blood flow can play a key role in both central and peripheral vertigo types.
Oil 3 – Lemon
One of the side effects of serious vertigo can be nausea and even vomiting. This makes lemon an important essential oil to have around. In a 2014 study, inhaling lemon oil helped pregnant women with morning sickness. Using a diffuser to keep lemon oil in the air may thus provide some relief if vertigo strikes unexpectedly and severely.
Oil 4 – Lavender
This is another oil that gets used for just about everything. However, it can be particularly beneficial for vertigo patients if stress is a major trigger for you. Lavender is well-known for being a calming scent. This may be another essential oil to have on-hand, perhaps to even prevent an attack. If you are feeling stressed, maybe the calming scent can help you manage your anxiety before an episode of vertigo strikes.
Oil 5 – Ginger
This isn’t a very common oil, but it can certainly be beneficial for a number of ailments. Taken more often as a tea, ginger can often relieve nausea when inhaled, but also has numerous benefits when ingested. You can store fresh ginger root in the freezer and use it to make a natural tea when the need arises. Don’t forget to breathe the vapors.
Something More Effective Than Oils
While essential oils do a lot of good for many people, the jury is still out on just how effective they are for vertigo patients. If you’ve had a good experience, we invite you to tell us your story. But we also want to introduce you to a form of care that has had an extremely high success rate in case studies – upper cervical chiropractic.
Evidence Regarding Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo
One very telling study involved 60 vertigo patients who underwent upper cervical care. In the end, 48 of the 60 patients (80%) saw a complete end to vertigo. The other 12 patients also saw significant benefits with bouts becoming less frequent and severe. Something important to note about this study is that all of the patients had an upper cervical misalignment and 56 of the 60 patients could remember a specific head or neck trauma that may have been the cause of the misalignment.
Whiplash frequently goes undiagnosed, especially when an accident is considered minor such as a fender bender or a slip and fall. However, an upper cervical misalignment does not require a lot of force, and these misalignments can lie in wait, gradually causing health problems. That injury you ignored or thought was healed a decade ago could still be causing you trouble in the form of vertigo, headaches, and other symptoms.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Works
The practitioner will take a detailed patient history and will particularly be interested in accidents or injuries you may have suffered in the past. Then, diagnostic imaging will be used to take a precise look at the C1 and C2, the vertebrae located at the base of the skull. If a misalignment is found, you may have just discovered the underlying cause of your health issue. Next, a correction will be tailored to your specific location and degree of misalignment.
One thing that sets upper cervical chiropractic apart is that is that adjustments are always gentle. Low force corrections hold longer and are more comfortable for the patient. The longer the adjustments hold, the fewer appointments you need. That can also be a money saver, which is always a plus when dealing with a chronic health problem.
Once these bones are back in place, most patients experience noticeable results. The central nervous system can function optimally, and blood flow to the brain is facilitated by a properly aligned cervical spine. You may see a reduction in or end to vertigo as the patients in the case study noted above did. You may also notice other health conditions begin to improve. When something is affecting the central nervous and vascular systems, it is tough to know just how far-reaching the effects are.
To learn more about upper cervical chiropractic and to determine if this is the right form of natural care for you, contact a practitioner in your area and schedule a consultation today.
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