Dizzy in Your Remote Workplace? Here’s How You Can Cope

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Remote working has forever redefined how employers interact with their employees. It has also paved the way for increased flexibility – a much-favored benefit among workers, especially those who can perform their duties without going to the office. However, sadly, remote working has also played a significant role in the increased demand for atlas bone adjustment. It has also increased the incidence of vertigo attacks and dizziness. 

This article will investigate more on the connection between remote work, vertigo attacks, and cervical spine problems. Hopefully, this will help you understand what to expect from your current situation so you can make the necessary adjustments and find a suitable source of vertigo relief.

How Remote Work Can Be a Burden to Your Health

The cervical spine consists of several vertebral bones. They work hand in hand to keep your head upright and support delicate tissues like the brainstem and nearby structures like the vestibular nerves. Interestingly, the two topmost neck bones (atlas and axis) feature a unique shape and design, making them relatively easier to shift out of place. Some of the remote working-related activities that can gradually force the bones out of their normal alignment include: 

  • Tilting your head for prolonged hours 
  • Browsing your device at an awkward angle
  • Sitting without stretching your body once in a while
  • Slouching while you sit and work on your tasks

Besides these things, remote working can expose you to certain factors that compromise the cervical spine structure. These include the following:

  • Compromised discs – Dehydration and constant wear and tear on the neck and other spine sections can affect the intervertebral discs. This can lead to bulging or herniated discs. 
  • Less optimal spinal health – While remote work offers increased flexibility, some employees note that they work longer hours as they struggle to delineate between their personal and office-related chores.   
  • Sedentary lifestyle – Lack of physical activity can compromise the normal flow of oxygen and other nutrients to and from your spinal column, brain, and brainstem. 

Compromised posture = Worse Nervous and Vestibular System Problems

Many people aren’t aware of the potential impacts of poor posture. Some assume it only affects how they sit, stand, or walk. However, in truth, it can influence various aspects of your health, including the overall condition of the spinal column and the nervous and vestibular systems. Studies explain that the neck is critical in maintaining balance and helping the body perceive movements. Left structurally compromised, it will likely fail to do its job. It can also tug into the muscles and affect fluid drainage and nutrient flow to your vestibular and nervous systems. This leaves you highly susceptible to vertigo and even persistent neck pain. dizziness, atlas bone adjustment

How to Care for Your Cervical Spine to Avoid Mishaps like Dizziness and Neck Pain

Because remote work arrangements will likely stay for good, it would help to make a few adjustments to prevent neck pain and vertigo attacks from worsening. There are plenty of things you can try to include in your routine, including: 

  • Adjust your workspace so you can switch from a sitting to a standing position with great ease
  • Schedule regular and quick breaks for stretching or walking exercises
  • Invest in good quality workspace furnishing to ensure you have ample back and neck support
  • Drink enough fluids during your entire work schedule to keep your discs in good shape
  • Manage your diet and steer clear of products that set off an inflammatory response
  • Find out if you need to receive an atlas bone adjustment from a board-certified upper cervical chiropractic doctor
  • Relieve your achy neck with the help of either a hot or cold compress 
  • Run a relaxing bath to calm your nerves after a long shift
  • Strengthen your core muscles with planking, crunches, and side twists
  • Bend over and try touching your toes once or twice each work shift
  • Explore natural neck pain and vertigo remedies like acupuncture, acupressure, and aromatherapy
  • Observe proper posture while working by keeping your wrist flat on the table, your feet relaxed on the floor, and your head straight
  • Manage your stress levels so you can prevent your neck muscles from tightening 

We also strongly recommend working on existing health problems that might aggravate your vertigo or neck pain. These issues include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Meniere’s disease, brainstem compression, and acoustic neuroma. 

Find Out If You Need An Atlas Bone Adjustment

It can be discouraging to experience chronic vertigo, dizziness, and neck pain during a long workday. The worst part is that the symptoms can worsen if you don’t pay closer attention to your body and fail to apply the recommended adjustments. Don’t hesitate to contact an upper cervical doctor to check if you have neck bone misalignments. The sooner you can have your neck checked and adjusted, the better chance you have at restoring your health and managing the adverse effects of working from home. Here’s what you can expect from a typical consultation with an upper cervical doctor:

  • Assessment of your medical history to check for previously sustained neck and head trauma
  • Comprehensive diagnosis of your neck bone structure
  • Analysis of your overall posture to determine how the neck bone structure changes affected your spinal column
  • Looking into your gait pattern changes and the presence of muscle knots around your back, neck, and hips

Then, once your upper cervical doctor has a clearer overview of how your atlas and axis bone changed, you can start receiving helpful chiropractic adjustments. Visit the nearest upper cervical practice to find out if you need to receive an atlas bone adjustment. If you need help locating a clinic, we recommend browsing our upper cervical chiropractic doctor directory.

FAQs on Dizziness or Vertigo and How to Cope

Is Dizziness the Same as Vertigo?

This question arises because most people use dizziness as a blanket term to describe vertigo, lightheadedness, balance problems, and other common symptoms. It is important to note, however, that vertigo specifically refers to a false sensation of movement such as the feeling that the room is spinning. If this is the symptom you are experiencing, it is better to call it vertigo than dizziness so that your doctor knows exactly what you are experiencing.

What Does It Mean If I Only Get Dizzy When I Move My Head Too Fast?

If you are referring to vertigo, then this is likely benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). The most common form of vertigo, BPPV is sometimes associated with crystals inside the inner ear that become dislodged. If so, the Epley Maneuver may be able to provide some relief. However, BPPV seems to be a catch-all diagnosis for vertigo when doctors can’t find a specific cause for it.

How Do I Know If the Problem Is in My Ear or Central Nervous System (CNS)?

Vertigo is referred to as peripheral vertigo when the issues stem from the vestibular system and central vertigo when it begins in the CNS. Other symptoms that accompany the dizziness are the primary way to make a diagnosis. For example, vertigo that is accompanied by tinnitus, hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness in the affected ear adds up to the hallmark signs of Meniere’s diseases, a form of peripheral vertigo. If the vertigo is accompanied by tremors, muscle cramping, fatigue, blurred vision, and other symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS), then vertigo is likely central in nature.

Is There a Cure for Dizziness?

The best way to care for dizziness depends on the underlying cause. While there are some medications that doctors prescribe for dizziness, they often come with unwanted side effects. For example, a diuretic may help reduce fluid in the ear. If this is a contributing factor in your dizziness, you may get some relief. However, these pills will cause you to use the bathroom more frequently and could potentially lead to dehydration. Other medications just treat symptoms. For example, many vertigo medications are just anti-nausea medications to keep a patient from vomiting during a severe attack.

In other cases, a doctor may recommend something like a change in diet. Again, this is usually in reference to the amount of fluid in the ear. A low salt diet reduces water retention in the body.

In severe cases, a doctor may recommend surgery. However, this should always be viewed as a last resort. Some surgeries to try and eliminate vertigo can leave the patient deaf in the ear the procedure is performed on.

Can I Get Natural Relief from Dizziness?

In most cases, the answer is yes. We’ve already addressed a couple of natural forms of care that are meant for specific types of dizziness. For example, dietary changes and canalith repositioning such as the Epley Maneuver are natural. However, there is another form of care that is providing natural relief on a wide scale. We’d like to introduce you to the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic care.

What is upper cervical chiropractic care and what sets it apart from general chiropractic? Here are three things you should know:

Upper cervical chiropractic is precise

Using modern diagnostic imaging technology, the practitioner will take precise measurements of the top two bones in your spine. A misalignment in this area, even a very slight one, can lead to recurring episodes of dizziness.

Upper cervical chiropractic is gentle

Most practitioners use what is called a low-force correction. This makes upper cervical care safe for everyone from the very young to the very old. Most adjustments require minimal pressure, and some practitioners use an adjusting instrument instead of a manual adjustment.

Upper cervical chiropractic is cost-effective

Since adjustments are precise and gentle, they can hold for a longer period of time. Not only does this give your body more time to heal but it also means that you can stretch your appointments further apart as your corrections hold longer. Fewer visits to the office mean less expensive care. That is something that anyone dealing with a chronic ailment can appreciate.

But what does the neck have to do with dizziness? First of all, the C1 (atlas) houses the brainstem and helps facilitate blood flow to the brain. It is easy to see how a misalignment in this region of the body could lead to cases of central vertigo.

However, the atlas is also in proximity to the ears. That means a misalignment could also be what is preventing the ears from draining properly. So even peripheral vertigo can lead back to the neck.

The effectiveness of this form of care can be seen in case studies involving patients who had vertigo and an upper cervical misalignment. One study saw 80% of patients completely relieved and the other 20% also saw significant improvement.

If you are suffering from dizziness, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, we urge you to seek out an upper cervical practitioner near you. An examination can reveal if you have a misalignment that could be the underlying cause of your symptoms.

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