Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is one of the most common forms of dizziness. In fact, about 20% of people who go to the doctor for a dizzy spell will be diagnosed with BPPV. What is it? How common is it? How can you find natural relief? We’ll answer these questions in our article.
What Is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and Who Get It?
Vertigo refers to a false sensation of movement. For example, the room may seem to spin, or you may feel like you are moving while sitting still or lying down. That feeling you get after spinning in a circle really fast is self-induced vertigo. If you get back from a cruise and still feel like you are rocking after getting back on dry ground – that’s vertigo too.
BPPV often occurs following a head or neck injury. At other times, it is due to degeneration. This explains why BPPV cases spike after age 40 and continue on the rise into a person’s 60s (with only slightly fewer cases in 70 and 80-year-olds). After age 90, vertigo occurrence seems to drop off dramatically, likely because people who make it to that age don’t have as many health problems.
Finding Natural Help for Vertigo
Many cases of vertigo resolve on their own in a relatively short period of time, but if you are dealing with recurring bouts of vertigo, it is time to seek help. No one wants to fall and get injury during a sudden vertigo attack, and it can become dangerous if it happens while working high up on a ladder or while driving a motor vehicle.
Fortunately, the underlying cause of vertigo is often simple to fix. If an upper cervical subluxation is affecting the vestibular system, a gentle adjustment may be able to provide some immediate relief along with long-term benefits. To learn more, contact an upper cervical practitioner in your area.