Feeling Dizzy While Gardening? Here Are 7 Possible Explanations

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Have you ever found yourself losing your balance while tending to your lovely garden? Picture this: you're surrounded by the serene beauty of your favorite flower blossoms, feeling the rich earth in your hands as you lovingly tend to your plants. Suddenly, you feel dizzy, and your world starts to spin. It's a scary and alarming feeling and one that many gardeners experience all too often.

Dizziness when bending over is a common occurrence during gardening, but it can also be a sign of an underlying condition like an atlas subluxation. In this article, we'll explore the causes of dizziness in the garden and provide valuable information to stay steady on your feet, so you can keep enjoying your favorite hobby with peace of mind. 

#1. You have an underlying problem. 

Gardening is a wonderful hobby and a great way to keep active, get fresh air, and connect with nature. However, some note that they experience dizziness when gardening. While it’s easy to assume that your dizzying spells might be coincidental, you must consult your physician or an Upper Cervical doctor to check for underlying health concerns. Otherwise, your symptoms will keep recurring, preventing you from gardening or, worse, affecting your everyday routine.

#2. It can be due to low blood sugar levels.

Low blood sugar, a.k.a. hypoglycemia, can occur when you haven't eaten enough food or haven't eaten in a while. When gardening, it's easy to get caught up in your work and forget to eat, leading to low blood sugar and, eventually, dizziness.

To prevent low blood sugar when gardening, eat a nutritious meal or snack before you start. You may also want to bring a snack with you to eat while you work, such as fruit, nuts, or granola bars. If you're prone to low blood sugar, keeping a glucose monitor and some glucose tablets or gel on hand is also a good idea. 

#3. You may be experiencing side effects from medications. 

Certain medications can cause dizziness as a side effect. If you're taking drugs and experiencing dizziness while gardening, it's worth talking to your doctor to see if there are alternative options or adjusting your dosage. If you're unable to switch to a different medication, try to avoid gardening during peak times when the medication is most active in your system. 

#4. You may be dehydrated.

Dehydration occurs when the body doesn't get enough fluids to function properly. When gardening, you may be sweating more than usual, and if you're not replenishing those fluids, it can lead to dehydration, which can cause dizziness.

To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after gardening. Water is always a good option, but you may also want to drink an electrolyte-rich beverage like coconut water or a sports drink to replenish lost minerals. If you're gardening on a hot day, try to take frequent breaks in the shade to cool down and hydrate.

#5. The dizzying spells might have something to do with an inner ear infection.

An inner ear infection, or labyrinthitis, can cause dizziness and vertigo. This is because the inner ear is responsible for balance and spatial orientation. If you suspect you have an inner ear infection, seeing a doctor for treatment is essential. While recovering, avoid gardening until your symptoms subside to prevent falls or accidents. 

#6. You might have atherosclerosis.

Atherosclerosis is a condition where plaque builds up in the arteries, restricting blood flow. This can lead to dizziness, especially when bending over or standing up quickly. To prevent atherosclerosis-related dizziness, you must maintain a healthy diet and exercise regularly to promote healthy blood flow. If you have a history of heart disease or atherosclerosis, talk to your doctor about any precautions you should take before gardening, such as wearing compression stockings or avoiding sudden movements.

#7. You have a long history of neck and head injuries. 

The atlas is the first vertebra in the spine, and if it's out of alignment, it can affect the nerves and blood flow to the brain, causing dizziness. If you suspect an atlas subluxation, we recommend seeing an Upper Cervical Chiropractor for diagnosis and care. To prevent future subluxations, maintain good posture and avoid sudden movements that may strain the neck while working in the garden.

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Vertigo – Creating Uncertainty and Frustration

It can be tough to understand the anxiety that Alex was facing unless you too deal with idiopathic (the cause is not known) vertigo. Every time she stood up, there was that hint of doubt. Would vertigo strike this time? How will I keep myself from falling if it does? Which way would be the safest to fall without injuring myself?

It can wear on a person’s psyche to have to think about those question when performing the simplest of activities, standing up. Add in a couple of actual falls, and now the anxiety can amp up until it exacerbates the problem because anxiety and stress can trigger bouts of vertigo. Do you find yourself dealing with a similar cycle of trepidation and anxiety?

The Frustrations of Seeking Vertigo Treatment

You probably realize that there are limited options for the treatment of vertigo. Most treatments offer symptomatic relief. For example, if you get particularly bad nausea with your vertigo, a prescription may be offered to help keep you from vomiting. Other forms of care are very hit and miss. If Meniere’s disease is the underlying cause of vertigo, a low salt diet may be recommended. For benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, you may try the Epley maneuver or some other form of canaltih repositioning. But what if those methods don’t work?

That was the situation for Alex. She was growing despondent, thinking that she would never find a way to get out from under the burden of vertigo. Has that been your experience as well? Does it seem like this is just something you will have to deal with for the rest of your life?

A Light at the End of the Tunnel Brings Hope

One day, while surfing the Internet, Alex discovered an article that talked about upper cervical chiropractic care and how it helped resolve a patient’s vertigo. Continuing her search, she found case studies that showed upper cervical chiropractic has literally helped hundreds of people to find relief from severe vertigo. But how does the neck relate to vertigo?

First of all, the atlas (C1 vertebra) is located at the base of the skull, directly between the ears. A misalignment can thus affect the ears. Since the ears are responsible for much of the body’s balance system, this is usually the source of vertigo. Vertigo can also be related to central nervous system (CNS) function. Since a misaligned atlas can put pressure on the brainstem and affect blood flow to the brain, a properly aligned atlas is a must for optimal CNS function.

After doing more research, Alex was pleased to find an upper cervical chiropractor nearby her home. Would she see the same results as so many other patients in case studies? She decided it was worth a try.

If you feel the same way, a quick search can reveal if one of our preferred upper cervical practitioners is in your area.

An Introduction to Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Alex was surprised that an extensive patient history was taken on her first visit. She indicated on her paperwork that she had experienced a concussion after falling off a horse about 15 years ago. The doctor asked a lot of questions about the injury, the care she received, and how long after then injury her vertigo began. The practitioner seemed convinced that this was the start of all her troubles, but there was only one way to know for sure.

Sure enough, diagnostic imaging identified an atlas subluxation. The upper cervical chiropractor took precise measurements of it and then gently adjusted her neck. It was like nothing else Alex had ever experienced. There were no cracking sounds or violent jerking of the neck. In fact, the correction was so gentle that Alex was a little worried she had been scammed. Her concerns faded away, however, in the coming weeks.

Vertigo Relief at Last!

Within about six weeks’ time, it was clear to Alex that her vertigo bouts had grown few and far between. She was determined to keep her future upper cervical chiropractic appointments to make sure her adjustments would hold. This would give the body even more time to heal. Perhaps the vertigo episodes would completely resolve with just a little more time and patience. In the meantime, Alex felt like she had gotten her life back. The intense feeling of dread that vertigo could attack at any moment was becoming a thing of the past.

Is this the Natural Solution for You?

You may think that our story about Alex is just a nice dream. However, hundreds have attained relief from vertigo in case studies, and upper cervical practices have their own testimonials showing that these results are being duplicated every day.

If you are experiencing recurrent bouts of vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, contact a practitioner to schedule an examination today, Upper cervical chiropractic may be just the natural help that you have been searching for.

Reduce Gardening Dizziness By Seeking an Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Vertigo or dizziness that results from inner ear problems, dehydration, underlying condition, or an atlas subluxation can get worse if you manage the situation poorly. Make sure to seek help and adjust your lifestyle and routine to accommodate the needs of your body.

Also, if you have a long history of whiplash or concussions, you might want to schedule a quick consultation with an Upper Cervical doctor. Chances are, you have an atlas bone misalignment. The sooner you can fix this postural misalignment, the quicker you can ease your body into healing and restoring balance.  

Upper Cervical Chiropractic focuses on the top two vertebrae in the spine, which support the head's weight and facilitate proper communication between the brain and body. Correcting misalignments in the topmost bones of the spine can improve blood flow, reduce nerve interference, and promote overall health.

If you are experiencing dizziness while gardening or other activities, try Upper Cervical Chiropractic. The Upper Cervical Awareness Find-a-Doctor tool is an excellent resource for finding a credible Upper Cervical practice near you, so you can book your appointment today.


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