Vertigo is an extremely common condition, especially as a person ages. About 40% of people over the age of 40 will experience vertigo at some point. The most common vertigo diagnosis is BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). One way a doctor or physical therapist may be able to help provide relief is through the Epley Maneuver. Is this the ultimate solution to vertigo? Read on to learn more about this therapy and other natural ways to get relief.
What Is the Epley Maneuver?
Basically, the Epley Maneuver is a series of movements designed to reset the crystals inside the ear that detect spatial location. When one of these crystals becomes dislodged, the room may seem to spin due to the slightest movement of the head. In such cases, restoring the crystal to its proper place can provide relief from vertigo. At least for a period of time.
The Home Epley Maneuver
This is a variation of the Epley Maneuver designed for someone to do at home any time vertigo recurs. For those who receive only temporary benefit from the maneuver, this method allows you to be able to treat yourself at home rather than needing a doctor’s visit every time the condition strikes.
Another Way to Find Long-Term Relief
Many patients are finding an equally natural but more long-term solution in upper cervical chiropractic. This is because a misalignment of the atlas (C1) is often at the core of vertigo issues. While this is a rare diagnosis, there are case studies that reveal neck or head injuries can lead to the onset of vertigo, and the solution is realignment of the atlas.
One example is a study involving 60 vertigo patients. 56 could recall the injury that caused the upper cervical misalignment. 48 had vertigo completely eliminated through gentle adjustments. The other 12 all saw significant improvement in frequency and severity of the problem.
If you are suffering from vertigo, especially if you have ever experienced an injury like whiplash or a concussion, upper cervical chiropractic may be the solution you’ve been searching for. Contact a practitioner near you to see if you are a good candidate for care.