Vertigo is a common health problem that involves the false sensation of movement. Perhaps that is the most common misconception since many only equate vertigo with the sensation of spinning. While that is a common manifestation of the symptom, any false sensation of movement is vertigo including that feeling like you are still rocking up and down after getting back to dry land following a long boat trip. Here are 3 frequent misunderstandings involving vertigo.
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A fear of heights is acrophobia. Many are confused about this because of a Hitchcock film called Vertigo in which the main character has a fear of heights. However, some may experience a sensation of movement when looking down from heights, which also leads to confusion.
Technically, vertigo is a symptom of other conditions. If the spinning sensation is due to head position or rapid movement, for example, it is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. It can also be a symptom of conditions such as migraines, Meniere’s disease, or multiple sclerosis.
There are some medications that help vertigo by reducing fluid in the ears. Certain head maneuvers can relieve positional vertigo. Doctors often recommend a low-salt diet for patients to reduce water retention. Finally, there are other natural ways to get help such as upper cervical chiropractic.
In large studies involving as many as 300 patients, upper cervical chiropractic care for vertigo often has a success rate of more than 90%. This is especially true for patients who saw the onset of the symptom following some type of head or neck injury. This is so because such an injury can cause an upper cervical misalignment that leads to blood flow problems in the brainstem or the inner ear that, in turn, lead to spinning sensation.
If you are experiencing spinning sensation, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, find an upper cervical chiropractor near you. Relief may be closer than you think.
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