Vertigo is a common occurrence that grows even more widespread when it comes to people over the age of 40. However, there are many misconceptions about vertigo diseases and how this symptom comes about in the first place. We are going to address some of the most egregious myths. In doing so, we also want to direct you to a natural way to find relief from it, a natural alternative that can help many of the conditions that lead to vertigo.
Myth #1 – Vertigo Diseases Always Stem from the Inner Ear
While many causes of vertigo find their start in the inner ear, this is not always the case. It can also begin in the central nervous system. The classic example of this is vestibular migraines. Up to 40% of migraine patients experience vertigo as a symptom. However, migraines are not an inner ear problem. They are neurological in nature. Other neurological conditions, such as MS, can also cause vertigo. Plus, it can come from an entirely independent source such as a lack of proper hydration.
Myth #2 – It Is a Health Condition
Vertigo is a symptom of many different health conditions. We are collectively referring to all of the possible causes of vertigo as vertigo diseases. However, it is not a disease itself. The closest that it gets is a condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This is a condition whereby vertigo is triggered through certain motions or positions of the head. Sometimes, when a doctor can’t determine what condition is causing vertigo, BPPV becomes a blanket diagnosis.
Myth #3 – It Just Means You Are Getting Older
First of all, it affects young people too, so it cannot just be a sign of aging. Second, while it is true that a person is far more likely to experience vertigo after age 40, this is because they are more likely to have a vertigo condition. It’s not about your age. Don’t give up on trying to find out what is causing your vertigo and just accept it as a part of getting older. Falls caused by attacks can be dangerous, especially for the elderly. You need to determine the underlying cause and find appropriate care to reduce or eliminate your vertigo episodes.
Myth #4 – No One Will Shame You for Having Vertigo
There are some diseases that come with a certain degree of stigma. For example, sexually transmitted diseases may result in allegations of living a promiscuous lifestyle. You wouldn’t expect vertigo diseases to carry a stigma, but they might, albeit in a different way.
Take, for example, when it comes time to call in sick to work because you can’t drive due to a spinning, tilting, or swaying sensation. How many employers are going to be satisfied with that explanation? You can’t get a doctor’s note. If you could drive, you’d be at work. But a person who gets vertigo rarely looks or sounds sick. So you may end up with a lot of accusations of faking your illness. That can be embarrassing and take an emotional toll. Plus, stress can trigger further bouts, so the stigma can actually make your condition worse.
Myth #5 – There Is No Alternative Care for Vertigo
Actually, even most doctors will disagree with this one. First of all, if you have a particular form of vertigo that occurs when particles from the inner ear escape from the canal they are supposed to be in, the primary recommendation is canalith repositioning. This is a series of movements, performed with the assistance of a physician, that gets the particle back into the right canal. You may also be recommended dietary changes, mainly if your vertigo is due to Meniere’s disease, which seems to respond well to a low-sodium diet.
Of course, you may not have those specific vertigo diseases, or you may not be responding to such natural forms of care. Is there anything else that you can try before you undergo invasive surgery?
Vertigo and the Upper Cervical Spine
A misalignment in the top two bones in the neck can impact the function of both the ears and the central nervous system. As a result, many vertigo diseases actually go back to this specific misalignment. The good news is that there are also upper cervical specific chiropractors. We focus on the top two bones in the neck with precise measurements and gentle adjustments to help get rid of the underlying cause of many health problems.
For example, when it comes to vertigo, an upper cervical misalignment can cause shifts in soft tissue that impact the way the ears drain. The excess fluid can, in turn, lead to vertigo. On the other hand, since these two bones exist at the base of the skull, upper cervical misalignments can also affect brainstem function, cerebral blood flow, and other factors that impact the CNS.
Therefore, if you are living with frequent bouts of vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, upper cervical chiropractic care may be just the natural alternative that you have been searching for. To learn more, you can use the search feature on this site to locate a preferred doctor. A no-obligation consultation may be your first step down the path to better overall health and well-being. And if your vertigo stems from the misalignment, you should see immediate and long-lasting benefits.