Restrictive diets, medications that are riddled with side effects, and invasive surgeries with dangerous consequences. Are these the vertigo treatments being suggested by your doctor? If you are ready to take back your life and get vertigo under control without all the risks, this article is for you. We’re going to consider some natural ways to conquer vertigo, concluding with a safe and gentle therapy that has helped hundreds in case studies.
Home Remedies for Vertigo
First, let’s take a look a few lifestyle changes that can help you to reduce the frequency and severity of vertigo. Here are some of our favorite suggestions:
- Hydrate – Did you know that many cases of vertigo are just the first symptoms of dehydration setting in? Think about how much water you have had to drink today. Could you benefit from a tracking app to see if you are having eight glasses per day, more if you sweat a lot at work or live in a hot or dry climate? This could be the simplest and cheapest way to reduce vertigo occurrence.
- Stop smoking – Smoking is bad for just about any chronic health problem and vertigo is no different. Whether your vertigo stems from your neck, central nervous system, or vestibular system, you are going to want maximum blood flow to the affected area. Smoking constricts the blood vessels and reduces blood flow. It makes it harder for the body to heal, and it can lead to the degradation of the discs that keep the vertebrae from rubbing together. All of these are important factors when it comes to vertigo.
- Exercise regularly – When you are worried about getting dizzy, exercise may be the last thing on your mind, but there are a few reasons that it is really important to stay active. First of all, exercise is good for circulation, so if you want your blood reaching your neck and head in full supply, you should have a regular exercise routine in accord with what your doctor says you can handle. Second, the hormones produced when you exercise help to counteract hormones that are released by stress. Thus, you can counterattack one of the most common triggers of vertigo – stress.
- Canalith repositioning – Inside the ears, there are tiny crystals that float in fluid. These crystals help your body to determine your location in connection with everything around you and allow you to balance yourself. If one gets out of the proper canal, the whole balance system can go haywire and lead to the false sensations of movement that are vertigo attacks. Canalith reposition involves a series of maneuvers that can help get the crystals back in the right place. Some require the assistance of a physician, but others you can do at home to try and reset the vestibular system yourself. Ask your doctor or chiropractor about these maneuvers.
- Improve your posture – Just about all of us can use some improvement in our posture. Whether it is the way you have your desk set up at work, the way you sit in the car, or how often you crane your neck to check texts and social media profiles, all of this can have a negative effect on your cervical spine and on how often vertigo occurs.
You probably noticed a few things you can work on to try and improve your health without even having to leave home. However, we would also like to share with you a natural remedy that involves very safe and gentle adjustments of the neck. It is a chiropractic subspecialty that focuses on the upper cervical spine.
Natural Vertigo Relief with Upper Cervical Chiropractic
You may wonder why the neck was mentioned so many times in our discussion about vertigo. It is because the structures of the neck play a key role in the onset and recurrence of this symptom. Here are three ways that the neck may influence vertigo.
- Blood flow – The vertebral arteries that bring oxygen-rich blood to the head follow a path provided by tiny loops of bone on the cervical vertebrae. Any misalignment in the neck can affect this free flow of blood to the brain and the ears.
- Brainstem function – Just about all of the communication of the central nervous system (CNS) comes through the brainstem. The C1, or atlas, surrounds and protects the brainstem. However, a misalignment can place pressure on this key CNS component, leading to issues such as vertigo.
- Ear function – The Eustachian tubes remove excess fluid from the inner ear. If anything is affecting the proper function of the eustachian tubes, the ear can be filled with an excess of fluid. Some of the results may be vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing problems.
As you can see, the neck is connected to ear and CNS function in ways that make misalignment a potential underlying factor when it comes to vertigo. It is no wonder that we find many vertigo patients are suffering from upper cervical misalignments. If you are dealing with vertigo, it just makes sense to schedule a consultation with an upper cervical practitioner. An examination can lead to a tailored course of care that reduces or even relieves related health issues.
To learn more about what upper cervical chiropractic may be able to do for you, schedule an appointment with one of our preferred practitioners. You can use the search engine on this site to find the one who is closest to you.