Biofeedback Headphones and Other Methods for Vertigo Relief

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Millions of Americans get affected by vertigo. It brings a false sensation that the world is spinning around you, even when you're not moving, lying down, or sitting still. Apart from the dizzy spells and spinning sensations, you may experience nausea, vomiting, and trouble walking or keeping your balance. 

The duration of vertigo episodes varies, some may last for a short time, or they can come and go for days or weeks. However long it lasts, vertigo makes sticking to your daily activities difficult—and even dangerous with the risk of losing balance and falling.

Because of the inconvenience and debilitating symptoms vertigo brings, there has been a lot of pursuit in finding the most effective vertigo relief. However, results vary per patient, and what works for others may not work for you, or vice versa. Patients can explore several ways to find lasting vertigo relief.

Methods that can provide significant vertigo relief

#1. Biofeedback Headphones

With the technological advancement we are experiencing nowadays, some inventions and gadgets are introduced with the potential to improve a person's quality of life. For vertigo patients, experts have designed biofeedback headphones to help vertigo patients cope during an episode. 

The approved product makes the vertigo trainer capable of accurately assessing a person's balance which aims to guide the patient. Through the biofeedback headphones, the patient will receive instructions for exercises with different difficulty levels, such as standing with eyes open and closed and walking on the spot with eyes open and closed. These exercises help make sure the patient maintains their balance and equilibrium. 

It is a breakthrough that can help with different types of vertigo, especially vestibular vertigo. The headphones are designed with a built-in accelerometer and rotational sensors, which can tell when the users are not standing straight or when leaning and can set off alerts. 

These alerts get sent to the users through acoustic signals. Gestures also control the device, automatically switching on as soon as the patient reaches for the headphones.

#2. Epley Maneuver

The Epley maneuver is generally considered safe for vertigo patients and is designed to move the crystals in the inner ear that may be causing dizziness. But take extra precaution as improperly performing the Epley maneuver may result in further displacement of the calcium crystals—and more severe vertigo symptoms. 

When done correctly, it can be an excellent option to relieve your vertigo, mainly when your episodes result from BPPV or Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Through specific head movements, your inner ear's crystals that shifted out of place can be removed, fixed, or returned to their correct spot. 

For proper execution, you may watch YouTube videos demonstrating this maneuver or ask a professional to guide you while performing the exercise.

#3. Inner Ear Injections

Some healthcare professionals may recommend inner ear injections when vertigo episodes are so severe. The injections usually contain steroids or other anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce swelling and inflammation in the inner ear. 

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#4. Surgeries

In other vertigo cases, surgery may be necessary to correct a problem in the inner ear causing vertigo symptoms. However, surgery is usually the last resort. Doctors also recommend it when other non-invasive options have failed. Sometimes, cases of vertigo attacks that result from Meniere's Disease require surgery to combat severe vertigo. The process usually involves decompressing the endolymphatic sac or cutting off the vestibular nerve.

# 5. Infrared Vertigo Googles 

Because vertigo attacks are widespread and can indicate various health concerns, doctors and other healthcare professionals exhaust multiple ways to provide an accurate diagnosis. Thankfully, technological advancements have made it possible to use infrared vertigo goggles.

Infrared goggles or video oculography help detect nystagmus or abnormal eye jerking, which allows doctors to diagnose inner ear problems. Studies found that nystagmus often occurs hand in hand with vertigo attacks because of the miscommunication between the brain and vestibular organs.

Here's a list of facts that will explain the connection between your eye movements and your inner ear's ability to maintain equilibrium and detect changes in acceleration or your body's orientation:

  • The vestibular system (the group of organs inside the inner ears) keeps the vision stable with the help of the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR)
  • VOR causes you to move your eyes in the opposite direction of your head's position, allowing you to maintain your gaze while you run or walk.
  • Unfortunately, if something goes awry inside your vestibular system, your eyes get confused, causing you to experience nystagmus.
  • Doctors and physiotherapists analyze the specific characteristics of your eye movements to determine if your attacks stem from peripheral or central vertigo.

#6. Stress Management

Some of the most common triggers of a vertigo attack include stress and anxiety. That makes managing stress one of the best ways to control how often you experience an episode. Stress and anxiety trigger hormone releases in the body that may be behind some vertigo occurrence. One study linked high cortisol levels with nystagmus – involuntary eye movements that may occur during vertigo as the body tries to compensate for the false sensation of motion. Why can you do to limit stress?

  • Eliminating sources of stress – Identify the causes of stress in your life and remove the ones that you can. Common sources of stress include poor work conditions, large debts, and unhealthy relationships.
  • Employing stress recovery techniques – From meditation and breathing techniques to vacations and massage therapy, there are many ways to find stress relief. It may be as simple as finding the right hobby, getting a little exercise each day, or reading your favorite book for half an hour before going to sleep.
  • Supplementation – In a randomized, double-blind study, ashwagandha was able to reduce cortisol levels in adults over a period of two months. It may be something to consider while trying to get stress levels under control.

7. Vagus Nerve Stimulation

Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) shows promise in relieving vertigo because of the nerve's connection to the vestibular system, which plays a crucial role in balance. The theory is that VNS can help calm overactive nerve signals responsible for the sensation of dizziness. Additionally, VNS may influence brain regions associated with balance and spatial awareness, improving how the brain processes equilibrium information. Furthermore, as a key part of the parasympathetic nervous system, stimulating the vagus nerve might shift the body into a more relaxed state, potentially lessening the severity of vertigo symptoms. It's important to note that research on VNS for vertigo is ongoing, and its effectiveness depends on the root cause of the dizziness.

#8. Lifestyle and Habit Changes

If you are living with chronic vertigo, now is the time to change some habits that have a profound effect on health. One of these habits is smoking. According to one study, vertigo treatment was 44% less effective for patients who smoked when compared to non-smokers. This is just one of several studies that link vertigo and smoking.

Overindulgence in alcohol can be another habit to quit if you get vertigo often. Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on the body. This can impact the vestibular system and lead to symptoms like vertigo. In fact, vertigo is one of the first symptoms of dehydration, and it is also a common side effect of overdrinking.

An enjoyable lifestyle habit to start is daily exercise. Even if you can’t make it to the gym every day, why not try adding more activity to your regular routine. You can park further away and walk to work or the store to get in some extra steps. Take the stairs instead of using an elevator when possible. Of course, you will want to consult your doctor to ensure that your exercise routine is appropriate for your current health level and any preexisting conditions that you may have. However, daily exercise can reduce stress, improve blood flow, and help you to improve balance. Therefore, you want to live an active lifestyle to combat vertigo.

#9. Improving Your Sleep

You may also find that improving your sleep helps you to cope with vertigo, especially if you often find that your episodes occur when you first wake up in the morning. While the effects of poor sleep quality are abundant, there was a lack of research providing a specific link between sleep and vertigo until a study publishes in 2018 made the connection. Therefore, you need to improve your sleep habits if you live with chronic vertigo. How?

  • Create the right environment – Most people sleep best in a dark and quiet room. Try to cover lights that may come from electronic devices or move them out of the bedroom. Use white noise to cover up loud sounds if you live in a noisy area. Also, temperature can play a crucial role, so find what works for you. Most people sleep best with cooler temperatures.
  • Have a good schedule – If you go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, it trains your body to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night.
  • Adjust your sleep position – If you are a stomach sleeper, try switching to back or side sleeping. You may find that sleeping without your neck twisted all night offers some improvement.

#10. Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care

This safe and gentle method of chiropractic care has also been shown to provide vertigo relief. Upper cervical care focuses on maintaining alignment and balance and correcting misalignments of the upper cervical spine made up of your top two bones, the atlas, and the axis.

These bones may be linked to the vestibular system and brainstem problems. If you think upper cervical care may be right for you, you can reach out to a board-certified vertigo chiropractor. Narrow your search by choosing someone closest to your home or workplace for ease of continuity of adjustment sessions necessary. Upper cervical care is a safe, natural, and gentle chiropractic technique that potentially brings long-term vertigo relief.

When your upper cervical bones move out of their proper alignment, your whole spine will compensate and follows the alignment set from the top. However, when the incorrect bone alignment stays for a long time, it will eventually bring additional pressure and stress to your brainstem, the part responsible for pain processing of the brain, and the surrounding nerves, muscles, and tissues. 

Misalignments can obstruct blood flow, send wrong signals to the brain, and trigger pain, discomfort, and confusion in your brain's perceptions. Vertigo and other symptoms can manifest when the brain continuously receives wrong messages.

Work With a Board Certified Vertigo Chiropractor in Your City

Correcting any misalignment in the spine is critical to alleviating symptoms of vertigo, and only a trained and certified upper cervical doctor can apply safe corrections and adjustments.

Different options are available for vertigo relief—and what works best for you may depend on the underlying cause of your symptoms. So if you're interested in exploring biofeedback headphones or other methods, such as upper cervical care, we encourage you to reach out to a qualified healthcare professional to help you determine which option is right for you. 

With proper care, many people eventually experience vertigo relief—so don't hesitate to reach out for help if vertigo is already affecting your quality of life. Locate a nearby vertigo chiropractic doctor using the Upper Cervical Awareness doctors directory.

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