An article published by BBC News in January of 2017 outlines a new hope for those suffering from vertigo. It is anticipated that virtual reality can soon be used to diagnose and care for visual vertigo. What is vertigo and why does it occur?
Vertigo is a false sensation of movement which causes the person to feel as if he or the things around him are spinning or otherwise moving. Other symptoms that often accompany it include:
- Nausea and possible vomiting
- Tinnitus – ringing in the ears
Symptoms may last a couple of minutes or as long as a few hours and may be intermittent. People with visual vertigo often find certain places to be a trigger for their vertigo, such as a supermarket with a large variety of items and repetitive aisles. “Supermarket syndrome” is another term for it. Another trigger can be walking by a river with motion on one side of the person but not the other.
Virtual reality allows doctors to control what type of environment they create for the patient. This may be able to help them discover their triggers and then use this as rehab. Vertigo is often the result of damage to the vestibular system – the system that controls special orientation and balance. Virtual reality as help to vertigo patients is an area still being developed. However, there is a natural, side effect free way to care for the false sense of movement that has been helping many.
Vertigo and Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Upper cervical chiropractors have seen a connection between a misalignment in the upper bones of the neck – particularly the C1 and C2 vertebrae – and vertigo. A misalignment here places undue pressure on the nerves leading to the inner ear and can cause the vestibular system to function improperly. If it sends distorted signals to the brain about where the body is located, vertigo is the end result.
Using a very gentle, precise method to help these bones realign, upper cervical chiropractors have helped patients to see a decrease in or elimination of vertigo symptoms. Contact a practitioner near you today to learn more.