Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) makes up the majority of vertigo cases. Vertigo affects up to 40% of those middle-age or older. Well over 80% of patients either miss work days or suffer other interruptions of daily activities due to this condition. The financial burden on the US alone is somewhere in the range of $2 billion per year.
A part of this expense is the fact that doctors often prescribe medications like benzodiazepines or antihistamines to suppress the vestibular system as soon as the diagnosis is made. However, researchers discourage this practice since most cases of BPPV can be handled by natural means. When vertigo persists, the encouragement is for doctors to look for an underlying cause in the central nervous system rather than writing the symptom off as positional vertigo.
Natural Care for Positional Vertigo
The primary method promoted by physicians to care for BPPV is various maneuvers that reposition the head in order to reset the fluid in the ear. While this may be effective on a case by case basis, it does not address the underlying cause of vertigo. For example, is the buildup of fluid due to improper Eustachian tube function?
These tubes are designed to drain the proper amount of fluid away from the ears to avoid vestibular problems or infection. When the upper cervical spine becomes misaligned, Eustachian tube function can suffer. For this reason, many have found that upper cervical chiropractic care is an effective way to cope with vertigo.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo
Numerous case studies show the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic for vertigo patients. In fact, some studies have seen as many as 80% of patients free from vertigo after care. One thing that many of these studies have in common is that most or all participants suffered head or neck trauma in the past that could have been the cause of an upper cervical misalignment. When the misalignment was corrected, the benefits were reaped. That makes it especially important to seek upper cervical care if a vertigo patient has a history of head or neck trauma.