Dizziness is a general term that refers to a feeling of lightheadedness along with several other symptoms. For example, many will put false sensations of movement (vertigo) or a feeling that one is about to fall (disequilibrium) as subtypes of dizziness. However, there are also some very specific causes of dizziness. One such problem is postprandial hypotension.
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When a person eats a big meal, the body diverts blood to the digestive tract. When this causes a decrease in blood pressure, the result is postprandial hypotension. This drop in blood pressure can result in the sudden onset of dizziness. What can be done for this condition?
The simple answer is to eat smaller meals. If this condition only occurs when a person overindulges, eating less is the simple solution. If this occurs after normal sized meals, one may need to eat more often but in smaller portions.
Most cases of dizziness are not directly related to eating. However, many are related to blood pressure being either too high or too low. Dizziness can also be related to problems in the inner ear, the vestibulocochlear nerve, or other parts of the vestibular system (the body’s means of maintaining balance and spatial recognition).
Chronic dizziness often begins following a head or neck injury. This is because such an injury can cause an upper cervical misalignment. Such a misalignment creates the right conditions in the body for dizziness to occur.
An upper cervical chiropractor can evaluate the top two bones in your spine to see if such a misalignment exists. If so, a gentle adjustment is used to realign these bones. This gives the body the chance it needs to heal. As a result, one may experience some immediate benefits, as well as enjoying continued improvement.
If you are experiencing dizziness, especially if you have a head or neck trauma in your past, use the directory to find a local upper cervical chiropractor.
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