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 and 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 and can be accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting, and changes in vision or hearing.
BPPV is linked to a problem with the inner ear. The inner ear is fluid-filled, and the movement of this fluid interacts with sensors in the inner ear to send signals to the brain about your body’s balance and position. In people with BPPV, the normal fluid movement is interfered with by crystals of calcium carbonate that migrate to an area they are not supposed to be. This can lead to false signals being sent to the brain, which causes the many symptoms of vertigo.
Looking for a Natural Option?
Many people are given medication for BPPV, though it has shown varying degrees of success. The trouble with medications is that they, more often than not, come along with unwanted side effects. On the other hand, upper cervical chiropractic is a natural way to address the underlying cause of vertigo episodes for many people. We do this by addressing very specific misalignments of the vertebrae that sit at the very top of the neck. Not only do these vertebrae sit in close proximity to the inner part of the ear, but they also protect a vital area of our nervous system, the brainstem.
When there is a misalignment of the atlas (C1) or axis (C2) vertebra, it can prevent normal signals traveling between the brain and body concerning balance and position. A disturbance of these signals can lead to vertigo symptoms. An Upper Cervical doctor, will take a detailed look at the alignment of the upper cervical spine. In many cases, when a misalignment here is corrected and normal brain-body communication is restored, people able to heal from many conditions, including vertigo.