Can a Chiropractor Help with Vertigo?


Many people ask the question: Can a chiropractor help with vertigo? The answer is simple. Let’s cut to the chase. The answer is, yes! Chiropractors can help with dizziness and vertigo, most especially upper cervical chiropractors. Let’s talk more about vertigo, and how you can get long-lasting and natural vertigo relief.


The word vertigo is a general medical term. Most people believe that it is a medical condition. However, vertigo is not a condition but only a symptom of a disease. A person with vertigo experiences false feelings of spinning, or a sensation of the environment spinning around him or her. A vertigo patient feels unbalanced. This loss of balance is similar to seasickness, where you feel like you are still on a ship riding huge sea waves even when you are already on land. 

Symptoms of Vertigo

Vertigo comes typically with these symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Difficulty keeping balance (extremely hard to walk)
  • Weakness

How Can A Chiropractor Help With Vertigo Patients?

It is a common question that will get answered here. An upper cervical chiropractor can provide four options for vertigo patients. 

1. Refers the Patient to Right Care Options

If the patient’s vertigo comes from a problem with the inner ear, then a chiropractor would refer the patient to a professional who can facilitate the Epley maneuver. It is a repositioning method than can help relieve dizziness. This maneuver can help reposition the crystal debris within the inner ear to a better position where it will not cause an imbalance. It helps care for positional vertigo (BPPV).

Your inner ear contains the body’s actual balance sensor, the vestibulocochlear system. It is a complex system of tubes filled with fluids. Each container has hair-like sensors that provide signals and information about the body’s position and movement to the central nervous system. However, in some people, debris may accumulate. Therefore, when that crystal debris clogs in sensitive areas, then it results in vertigo attacks.

2. Encourages Exercises That Can Help

Your chiropractor can also suggest and teach exercises like the Brandt-Daroff technique. Here’s a brief description of how to do it. Go to your bedroom and sit on the edge of a bed. Then proceed to flop first to one side, and then move back upright. Again, do this maneuver, on the other side at one-minute intervals. 

Also, tai chi exercise may help. It can be quite useful because using slow and controlled movements provides a safe way to focus on your body movements and keeping your balance. It is worth trying out if you have the time and patience for it.

3. Recommends Lifestyle Changes 

Your chiropractor can recommend a better diet plan for you. Also, you will be encouraged to list down your vertigo triggers, so you can take steps to avoid them later as much as possible. Various substances should be avoided or kept at minimum intake to prevent vertigo attacks from occurring. These are the following:

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Other substances that depress or stimulate the nervous system

It is important to note that non-prescription sleeping pills or antihistamines can spark dizziness or vertigo in individuals. Your chiropractor may also suggest some essential breathing techniques, meditation, and relaxation help you regain control of your balance. Doing yoga can help you as well.

4. Facilitates Chiropractic Adjustments

Your upper cervical chiropractor would make adjustments targeting joints that are not moving or functioning at their best. In the upper cervical spine or upper neck area, faulty movement patterns can create misinformation about the body’s exact position and movement. This particular kind of vertigo, known as cervicogenic vertigo, can be relieved by upper cervical chiropractic adjustment. Upper cervical chiropractic care provides a precise and gentle correction that is entirely free from popping or cracking. Thus, it provides a painless, safe, and long-lasting relief from vertigo and its accompanying symptoms.

Case Study: Healing Sixty Vertigo Patients – 100% Success Rate!

A study involved 60 patients with various types of chronic vertigo and upper cervical chiropractic care. At least fifty-six of the patients were involved in at least one incident of head or neck injury or trauma. These injuries included the following: 

  • Car accidents
  • Sporting injuries
  • Horseback riding falls
  • Falls and sliding accidents from slippery sidewalks, ice, and skiing

All 60 patients had upper cervical subluxations and each received upper cervical care. Twelve cases showed minor to useful improvements. In comparison, the remaining forty-eight patients became symptom-free and saw an end to their vertigo attacks.

Another Study: BPPV Patient – A Story of Hope

BPPV stands for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This study involved a 33-year old mother with BPPV, who r gave birth. Unfortunately, the Epley maneuver did not work on her. Also, she had prescription medication. However, she refused to take them because she was nursing her newborn child. She had severe BPPV episodes. Within three visits of her upper cervical chiropractor, her symptoms significantly improved. At the end of her program, she was completely symptom-free. 

Vertigo and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Upper cervical chiropractic care allows your central nervous system (CNS) to function at its full potential. The CNS manages all information or signals sent to the brain and all other body parts. Also, the spine covers and protects the spinal cord.

Upper cervical chiropractic care is a unique form of care that focuses on the top two bones of the upper cervical spine – the atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae. If either of these two vertebrae misaligns, it causes various health problems to appear, including vertigo. Upper cervical chiropractors use a precise and gentle approach that realigns the atlas or axis vertebra to its proper position. Thus, restoring the nervous system's proper functions and allowing it to perform at its best. Therefore, you can say goodbye to vertigo and all its accompanying symptoms. 

We hope that this article justifiably answered the question: Can a chiropractor help with vertigo

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