Vertigo can affect anyone. After age 40, nearly 40% of the population will experience vertigo. Such a common condition should be well understood, and yet many basic facts about vertigo are unknown. Here are a few of those actualities.
Inner Ear Affects Blood Flow
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 provides the brain with spatial orientation and balance information. It 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 spinning sensation or lightheadedness (dizziness).
Vertigo May Be a Symptom of a Migraine
Vestibular migraines, in particular, have vertigo as a primary symptom. About 40% of migraines come with vertigo. Also, silent migraines (migraines without the common symptom of a headache) often present with the false sensation of spinning as a prominent symptom.
Many Common Medications Have Vertigo as a Side Effect
Vertigo may sometimes occur as a side effect of prescription medication. For example, a person experiencing hypertension (high blood pressure) may experience spinning sensation 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 several case studies, researchers discovered a reduction in vertigo severity among patients after the realignment of the atlas (C1 vertebra) 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 spinning sensation.
As a result, it makes sense to see an upper cervical chiropractor if you are experiencing spinning sensation, especially if you have a history of trauma.