After age 40, nearly 40% of the population will experience vertigo. Such a common condition should be well understood, and yet there are many basic facts about vertigo that are not common knowledge. Here are a few of those little-known actualities.
Blood Flow Is Affected by the Inner Ear
Do things sometimes spin when you stand up too quickly? That is because your inner has a powerful impact on blood flow. The inner ear’s role in providing the brain with spatial orientation and balance information for the body is what helps the body to know if you are sitting, standing, or lying down. This, in turn, causes the body to alter blood pressure when it is needed in a standing position. If the messages are not sent accurately, blood pressure may not change in time, resulting in vertigo or lightheadedness (dizziness).
Vertigo May Be a Symptom of a Migraine
Vestibular migraines, in particular, have vertigo as a primary symptom. It is estimated that about 40% of migraines are accompanied by vertigo. Also, silent migraines (migraines without the common symptom of a headache) often present with vertigo as a prominent symptom.
Many Common Medications Have Vertigo as a Side Effect
Vertigo may sometimes occur as a side effect of a prescription medication. For example, a person experiencing hypertension (high blood pressure) may experience vertigo or dizziness when the dosage is too high. This is a common occurrence in older adults and may help to explain why vertigo incidence spikes after age 40.
Atlas Misalignments Can Lead to Vertigo
In a number of case studies, it has been revealed that vertigo severity is dramatically reduced when the atlas (C1 vertebra) is properly realigned by an upper cervical chiropractor. In these studies, it was common to learn that participants had suffered either head or neck trauma prior to the onset of vertigo.
As a result, it makes sense to see an upper cervical chiropractor if you are experiencing vertigo, especially if you have a history of trauma.