If you experience vertigo episodes, you’re far from alone. A recent study shows that almost 70 million Americans have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common vestibular disorder. Also, it is responsible for about half of all dizziness and vertigo symptoms in people over the age of 40. BPPV symptoms include a false sense of rotational movement or spinning. Other symptoms are nausea or vomiting, and changes in vision or hearing.
BPPV can be due to a problem with the inner ear. The inner ear is filled with fluid, and the movement of this fluid interacts with sensors in the inner ear. Furthermore, it sends signals to the brain about your body’s balance and position. In people with BPPV, the calcium crystals that migrate in the wrong area of the inner ear interfere with the fluid movement. This can lead to false signals being sent to the brain. As a result, vertigo occurs.
Looking for a Natural Option?
Many people take medication for BPPV, though it has shown varying degrees of success. Medications may come along with unwanted side effects. Upper cervical chiropractic is a natural way to address the underlying cause of vertigo. It addresses specific misalignments of the vertebrae at the top of the neck. These vertebrae sit close to the inner ear and protect the brainstem. It is a vital area of our nervous system.
When there is a misalignment of the atlas (C1) or axis (C2) vertebra, it can prevent normal signals traveling between the brain and body. Therefore, messages concerning our balance and position become distorted. As a result, vertigo symptoms occur. An Upper Cervical doctor will examine the alignment of the upper cervical spine. After that, the correction of misalignment and restoration of normal brain-body communication allows people to heal from vertigo.