The most common cause of vertigo is BPPV. This is a non-life-threatening condition that results in vertigo when the head is in certain positions. The biggest danger is if a sudden bout of vertigo were to cause a fall. This is particularly common for the elderly.
However, BPPV can become chronic, and patients may seek medical care to stop the frequent attacks. Here are some natural ways to get relief without surgery.
Canalith Repositioning for Vertigo
This involves maneuvers that are performed along with a doctor in order to help reset the particles in the inner ear that help with balance and spatial orientation. For some, this results in complete resolution of vertigo. Several positions are held for about 30 seconds each. Your doctor should also teach you a home version of the maneuver that can be performed without assistance. This can help you if vertigo returns at a later time.
Unfortunately, this method can only provide long-term relief if BPPV is specifically caused by particles that escape from their proper place in the ear canals. Also, it doesn’t necessarily prevent symptoms from occurring again, so you may just have to perform the maneuvers each time vertigo strikes.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Vertigo
This niche in the chiropractic field involves gentle adjustments of the atlas (C1), located at the top of the spine where the neck and head meet. Housing the brainstem and facilitating blood flow to the brain, a misalignment here can affect the vestibular system of the body which controls balance. Thus, an atlas subluxation has led to vertigo for many.
When a gentle and precise correction is used to reposition the atlas, many find that vertigo becomes less frequent and severe. Some even find that it resolves altogether. If you are suffering from vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, be sure to contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you.
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