Vertigo is an extremely common health condition with about 10% of people dealing with it at one time or another. The risk of vertigo increases dramatically as a person ages with the odds approaching 40% once one is over 40. Surprisingly, there is still a lot of misinformation about vertigo being passed around. We’re about to debunk 3 myths regarding this false sensation of movement.
Myth #1: All You Have to Do to Relieve Vertigo Is Relax
Some have the mistaken idea that because anxiety can make vertigo worse that it is all in the patient’s head. You might hear someone say, “If you could just relax, you would feel better.” While anxiety definitely can make vertigo worse, it’s not the underlying condition that causes everything to spin or move. Whether the vertigo is caused in the ear or the nervous system, the root issue needs to be addressed for long-term relief to occur.
Myth #2: Vertigo Is a Normal Part of Aging
Because the condition becomes so prevalent as people age, the idea has arisen that there is nothing to be done. As one gets older, he or she just has to learn to live with vertigo. That simply isn’t true. In fact, for most people, vertigo begins following an injury to the head or neck, sometimes a number of years after, and this accounts for vertigo being more common for those who are middle-aged or older.
Myth #3: There’s Nothing You Can Do About Vertigo
Most medications focus on limiting fluid in the ear to reduce the frequency of vertigo. Exercises try to reset the crystals in the inner ear once an attack begins. However, there is a way to get at the root cause of vertigo. For many, this underlying problem is an upper cervical misalignment that occurred during trauma to the head or neck.
If you have a history of head or neck trauma (car accident, sports injury, slip and fall, domestic abuse, etc.), and are now experiencing vertigo, it makes sense to find an upper cervical chiropractor near you to get an examination. A gentle and precisely administered adjustment may be what sets you on the road to long-term relief.