Vertigo is a false feeling that your surroundings are rotating and spinning, or you are moving even when you are standing still. Children when playing will sometimes spin around continuously to make themselves feel dizzy. This is self-induced vertigo and only persists for a few minutes. On the other hand, vertigo that adults experience is often a result of an accident or injury to the head or neck. It can last for hours or even days before subsiding.
A Scientific Explanation of Vertigo
Here’s how the hearing process works. Sounds come in as waves through the ear canal and go into the eardrum. Then, sounds turn into vibrations and transfer through the inner ear by three bones: the malleus, the incus, and the stapes. From here, they pass through the cochlea and then move to the vestibular nerve which transmits the sound signals to the brain.
The inner ear also consists of semicircular canals that play a significant role in balance. They are at right angles to each other and lined with sensitive hair cells that maintain stability in the body. The way the structure is designed, combined with the sensitivity of the hair cells in the canals, creates prompt feedback on your position in your environment. If any element of this gets interrupted for any reason, a vertigo attack can occur.
Classic Symptoms of Vertigo
As mentioned earlier, when you have vertigo, you feel as if you or your environment is spinning or moving even while you are motionless. Making any movements in your head or body, such as rolling over in bed, can worsen the symptoms.
Some people also experience nausea and vomiting along with their vertigo. Nystagmus (twitching or jerking of the eye) is reported in some people. Vertigo is usually not life-threatening unless it comes along with weakness on one side of the body. If you experience this, you had better consult your doctor and get assessed for a stroke.
Some of the Possible Causes of Vertigo
Many things can be attributed as a cause of vertigo. It differs and depends on whether your vertigo is peripheral or central. Central vertigo stems from issues in the brain or spinal cord. In contrast, peripheral vertigo is caused by a problem in the inner ear due to inflammation or moving of small calcium crystals in an area of the ear where they should not belong. When these tiny crystals transfer, this type of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
Other conditions that can bring about vertigo include the following:
- Meniere’s disease
- Migraine headaches
- Multiple sclerosis
- Blood clots
- Complications from diabetes
- Low blood sugar
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Motion sickness
- Head or neck trauma
Case Studies Give Hope for Vertigo Sufferers
If you feel that healing is not possible for vertigo, you are wrong. These three success stories all give hope to people suffering from vertigo. Once you’ve read their stories, you’d be surprised to know how they have recovered. Let’s review their cases and then go into the natural treatment that gave them successful outcomes.
Case Study #1
A 23-year-old woman was diagnosed with a concussion after tripping and falling. She had experienced headaches before the accident, but they worsened and came with vertigo after the accident. Radiographs ruled out ruptures but discovered that she had a misalignment in her upper cervical spine. She was eventually given upper cervical chiropractic care. After receiving care for two months, her vertigo symptoms were completely gone, and her headaches had improved too.
Case Study #2
A 37-year-old woman had a history of brachioradial pruritus, a neurogenic itch condition of the upper extremities. She also had neck stiffness and vertigo. Upon tests and assessment, it was revealed that she had a misalignment in her cervical spine. She received two and a half months of upper cervical care, which resulted in the disappearance of all symptoms she mentioned during her first chiropractor visit, including her vertigo.
Case Study #3
There was a study conducted involving 139 patients who were diagnosed with Meniere’s disease. Meniere’s has vertigo as one of its main symptoms, along with ear congestion, tinnitus, and hearing loss. All of these patients recounted having some trauma, such as whiplash, before the onset of their Meniere’s. Each of them received a personalized upper cervical chiropractic adjustment. Out of the 139 patients, 136 of them reported improvement in their vertigo symptoms in a short period.
What the Case Studies Prove About Vertigo
These case studies show that vertigo may very likely begin with a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. This is something that upper cervical chiropractors have understood for a long time. A misalignment of either the C1 (atlas) or C2 (axis) bones often puts pressure on the brainstem. These bones, when misaligned, may cause the brainstem to send improper signals to the brain about where the body is located in its environment. If the brainstem tells the brain that the body is moving even when it is actually standing still, vertigo can be the result.
Based on the case studies above, upper cervical chiropractic care is effective in restoring the proper communication between the brain and body. How do chiropractors do it? They encourage the bones of the spine to move back into their correct positions naturally through a gentle and scientific-based adjustment. If you want to get rid of your vertigo and experience the same results as the case studies we shared, consult with a chiropractor near your area today.