Are you ready to break free from vertigo without having to subject yourself to the side effects of medications or the dangers of surgeries? We’re going to show you eight ways to shake of the shackles of vertigo that will provide you hope that natural relief is possible. The last of our eight points will direct you to a therapy that has helped hundreds in documented case studies.
#1 Don’t Bend at the Waist
For many people with positional vertigo, this one simple solution stops many vertigo episodes and may even help to prevent falls. When head position is a factor in the onset of vertigo, leaning forward seems to be a trigger for many patients. Bending at the knees and reaching down without tilting your head forward may keep the ground from coming up to meet you, something that many positional vertigo patients have experience when bending over.
#2 Use Better Posture
Posture is something that just about all of us can improve on anyway, but for those with vertigo it is a must. A forward head position increases pressure on the spine, particularly the neck, and can lead to more frequent or severe cases of vertigo if the underlying issue is in the cervical spine (as is the case for many people).
#3 Kick the Smoking Habit
If you are not a smoker, good for you. But if you do have this habit, it is time to quit for good. You probably already realize that smoking is bad for all sorts of health conditions, but it is particularly bad if you get vertigo often. Once again, this may go back to the neck and the fact that nicotine can lead to premature degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae.
#4 The Epley Maneuver
This canalith repositioning technique can be of particular benefit if you suffer from positional vertigo. Positional vertigo is frequently related to displaced crystals in the inner ear canals that help with balance and spatial orientation. If a crystal gets out of its proper canal, false sensations of movement can result. The Epley maneuver is one of several techniques developed to get the crystal back into the right part of the inner ear through a series of head movements. You may need a healthcare professional to help you through the maneuvers the first time.
Exercise plays a two-fold role in reducing the frequency and severity of vertigo. First of all, the right exercises can strengthen the spine and help you to maintain better posture. Second, exercise can be a great stress reducer (especially if you usually deal with stress with something that is bad for vertigo such as by reaching for a cigarette). Since stress is a major trigger for episodes of vertigo, the stress reducing hormones released during a good workout can be an important way to combat this symptom.
#6 Reduce Salt Intake
This is another natural remedy that relates to a particular underlying cause of vertigo. If you are suffering from Meniere’s disease, a vestibular condition that results in vertigo and a number of other symptoms, then you may be experiencing excess fluid in the inner ear (called endolymphatic hydrops). Reducing salt intake can limit the fluids that the body retains and may thus limit the amount of fluid in the inner ear. Just be sure to increase your water intake so that you don’t become dehydrated (which leads to our next suggestion).
#7 Drink More Water
Vertigo can often be a symptom of a lack of proper hydration, so be sure to get enough fluids each day. The average person should be drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. If you think you meet that requirement, a good way to test yourself is to get an app that tracks your water intake. You may be surprised to learn that you are not taking in as much water as you thought. This can be one of the simplest ways to break free from vertigo.
#8 Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
You’ve probably noticed that we have referred to the neck a number of times already throughout our article. How may an upper cervical subluxation be linked to vertigo occurrence? Here are three ways:
- Eustachian tube function – The eustachian tubes carry excessive amounts of fluid away from the inner ear. If these tubes are stopped up due to a lesion, the fluid may pool in the inner ear and cause vertigo. An atlas misalignment can gradually result in this issue according to a recent study.
- Brainstem function – The atlas (C1 vertebra) surrounds the brainstem. While it normally serves as a protection, a misalignment can actually put pressure on the brainstem and inhibit proper function. Since signals passed between the body and brain go through the brainstem, this can affect things such as balance and spatial orientation.
- Blood flow facilitation – Since the cervical vertebrae facilitate blood flow to the brain, any misalignment in the neck can inhibit how much blood (and therefore oxygen) is reaching the brain. Once again, this can affect how the central nervous system interprets signals about the body’s position in regard to the world around it.
With these factors in mind, it is clear to see the importance of having a properly aligned atlas. Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in providing safe and gentle adjustments of the atlas. These adjustments can help to reverse the effects of the misalignment, as adjustments are long-lasting, giving the body the time it needs to heal.
If you are suffering from chronic vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, give an upper cervical practice in your area a call to schedule a consultation. You may have just discovered the natural way to break free from vertigo for good!