A Holistic Approach to Light Sensitivity and Vertigo

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If you have been dealing with light sensitivity and vertigo, there is hopea holistic care that can help you get back to your life as it was before these symptoms started. If you’re wondering what it is, then, read on! This post aims to shed light on these sensitivities and the best way to address them.


Light Sensitivity Overview

Also known as photophobia or photosensitivity, it is a condition that causes a person to react strongly to light. People with light sensitivity may have a difficult time functioning in the daytime and are more comfortable in dimmer lighting. Light sensitivity can be caused by many different things, including:

  1. Migraine headaches
  2. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  3. Glaucoma


Vertigo Overview

Vertigo is a widespread symptom of a health condition. It's often associated with dizziness and spinning sensations, nausea, vomiting, and imbalance. Although vertigo is most commonly associated with inner ear problems or your vestibular system.


The Structure of Your Vestibular System

The vestibular system (VS) is the one that controls one's balance and eye movements as well as spatial orientation (the awareness of where you are in relation to your surroundings). This system is made up of three parts:

  1. The vestibule -- the area behind your ear that contains two small chambers connected by tubes (called the semicircular canals) filled with fluid called endolymph.
  2. The saccule and utricle -- two small sacs on either side that contain hair cells
  3. Three pairs of nerves connect these organs together:
  • The inferior vestibular nerve pair travels through bone behind the ears.
  • The middle meningeal artery supplies blood supply to the brainstem.
  • The superior cerebellar branch carries information from reflex centers controlling body posture


How Light Sensitivity and Vertigo Are Linked

The two conditions are often linked because light sensitivity is one of the most common symptoms of vertigo. In fact, it's estimated that up to a good percentage of people who have been diagnosed with this condition have some degree of light sensitivity as well.

What causes these two seemingly unrelated conditions? They both stem from a neurological condition called vestibular dysfunction (VD), which describes any disruption in your brain's ability to process information about movement and balance. When this happens, you may feel dizzy when looking around or moving—even if you're sitting still!

Some common triggers for VD include: 

  • Medications
  • Head injuries
  • Stress or anxiety
  • Inner-ear infections like Meniere's disease
  • Caffeine consumption
  • Menstruation
  • Dehydration (due to alcohol consumption)
  • Diabetes mellitus type 1 and 2
  • Viral infections such as mononucleosis (mono) or hepatitis A/B/C/D/E

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Certain Lights Trigger Vertigo

Fluorescent lights are often found in office buildings and retail stores. They have a long shelf life and are inexpensive to operate, so they're very common. However, if you suffer from light sensitivity or vertigo, it's important to know that fluorescent lights are a huge trigger to dizziness and vertigo. The symptoms of fluorescent light poisoning include headaches, nausea and vomiting, and of course, the spinning sensation of vertigo.

Mercury is a toxic element on Earth! It is present in many products used around us every day such as batteries, thermometers and fluorescent bulbs. Mercury vapor is especially dangerous because it has no odor or color, so you can't tell when something has been exposed to mercury until severe damage has already occurred in your body.

Other Factors That Can Trigger Vertigo

Below are some of the reasons why vertigo occurs:

  • Migraines
  • Inner ear disorders like BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), vestibular neuritis, Meniere’s disease, and labyrinthitis
  • Decreased blood flow through the arteries that supply blood to the brain
  • Injury or trauma to the neck, head, or ear
  • Alcohol abuse
  • When alcohol interacts with prescription medications
  • Overmedicating
  • Drug withdrawal or intoxication

Rare reasons for vertigo:

  • Brain tumors and cancer
  • Cholesteatoma

If you experience an unexpected change in your speech, vision, or similar loss of functions in the body, please immediately consult a doctor. There is a high risk that you are experiencing a stroke or transient ischemic attack.

Lights and Colors to Avoid If You Have Vertigo and Why

  • Yellow and green lights are high-frequency lights for the eyes. They can cause headaches, nausea, and irritability.
  • Blue light is another high-frequency color that should be avoided because it can cause fatigue and headaches in some people.
  • Red light is also a high-frequency color that causes eye strain. If you have red eyes or feel like you're looking through a foggy windshield when looking at red lights, this could be why! 
  • Flashing lights are not good for anyone with vertigo symptoms, so it's best to avoid them as much as possible; nonetheless, if you do come across flashing colored lights (e.g., those on your phone), try closing one eye while using the other eye to view the screen instead of using both eyes simultaneously.

What Helps Vertigo Go Away?

Various clinical studies have seen and recognized the link between a subluxation (misalignment or a slight dislocation) in the neck’s upper bones and the onset of dizziness and vertigo.

The atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae protect the precious brainstem and spinal cord. The brainstem functions as the communication road of the body. It functions as a relaying station for messages that go to and from the brain. However, problems arise when the atlas or axis bone misaligns.

Here are some reasons why a misalignment would occur:

  • Sporting accidents
  • Vehicular accidents
  • Whiplash
  • Concussion
  • Any trauma in the head or neck

As a result of misalignment of either the axis or atlas vertebra, it can pressure and stress the brainstem, causing it to malfunction and send wrong signals from the sensory inputs to the brain about the body’s current location. Fortunately, there is an excellent solution to correcting this subluxation. It’s proven successful and useful for more than a decade now. It is called upper cervical chiropractic.

A Clinical Study Gives Hope To A Lot Of Vertigo Patients

A study observed 60 patients who all showed chronic vertigo symptoms. Fifty-six of them recalled having one neck or head trauma or injury in the past. Twenty-five of these vertigo patients also reported sporting accidents, from skiing, horseback riding, and cycling. Also, others had car accidents and falling incidents from sidewalks or stairs. Then, each patient received specific adjustments to their atlas misalignment custom-tailored to each one’s needs. After receiving upper cervical care, forty-eight of the patients reported complete resolution of their vertigo symptoms. Twelve patients shared fewer and less severe vertigo symptoms. They still experienced significant improvements.

In conclusion, this study proved a distinct link between vertigo and trauma-induced upper cervical misalignment.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Gets to the Bottom of Vertigo and Light Sensitivity

When your body is in balance, you feel great. You're at your best and ready to take on the world. But when something throws that balance off, it can affect your entire life. When this happens, it's important to get the right help as soon as possible so you can get back to feeling amazing again—and that's where Upper Cervical Chiropractic comes in!

Upper Cervical Chiropractic is about restoring the body's natural balance. In addition to relieving pain, it’s a holistic approach to health and wellness that helps patients achieve their optimal state of well-being through a variety of natural methods. Upper cervical adjustments restore proper joint function for improved joint range, motion, and blood flow, which in turn leads to better organ function.

For example, light sensitivity and vertigo can be caused by inflammation in the cervical spine (neck). A skilled chiropractor will perform a thorough examination to identify any misalignment in your neck region and make necessary adjustments so that you feel relief from symptoms such as light sensitivity or vertigo right away!

Hopefully, this read has shed some light on this topic so foreign to many. Vertigo can be difficult to diagnose and treat, especially if you don't have a go-to chiropractor in your area who can help you in those moments when everything seems out of control. But there's good news!

If you're suffering from vertigo or its symptoms, such as alarming light sensitivity, you can find an Upper Cervical chiropractor near you! You can do this by checking out Upper Cervical Awareness for their comprehensive chiropractors' directory.

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