Vertigo has relation to dizziness but is more about the spinning sensation it brings. You may feel as if you are in motion. Also, it may appear as if the things around you are moving. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is the most common form of this condition and is the one we will be talking about in this article. It often occurs when you move your head too fast or change the position of your head.
This occurs because tiny crystals in the ear that make you respond to gravity get dislodged. They may then move into the semicircular canals that contain fluid and hair-like sensors. These make your balance system more sensitive to head position changes and causing you to feel dizzy.
Exercises have been developed to help realign the crystals of the inner ear and possibly overcome vertigo. The first one is the Epley maneuver, and a physical therapist or a physician can facilitate it. Anyone can do the modified version at home. However, there is a risk that the maneuver can actually make vertigo worse.
The second exercise is a type of half somersault also resulting in relocating the crystals in the ear. This can be difficult to do for some, and the particles may once again move into the wrong area requiring repeated care.
An area of care seeing positive results in providing long-lasting care for vertigo patients is that of upper cervical chiropractic care. Vertigo may be the result of a misaligned bone in the upper neck vertebrae. The C1 or atlas bone, if misaligned, puts undue pressure on the brainstem causing it to send improper signals to the brain about where the body is located in its environment. Using a gentle method, we work to help the atlas move back into its proper place restoring communication and, hopefully, seeing the end of vertigo.
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