What is vertigo? It is a false sensation of movement. You probably hear people with vertigo say that the room is spinning, but in reality, vertigo can refer to any sort of sensation of movement including swaying or tilting. When we are kids, we actually enjoy vertigo and cause it on purpose by spinning around really fast until it keeps going when we stop. As an adult, especially as an elderly person, we become fearful of vertigo because it can cause a dangerous fall.
How can you find long-term relief from chronic or recurring vertigo? We’re going to look at vertigo from angles you may have never considered, and all of it will point toward a safe and gentle therapy that has helped hundreds of people to find relief in case studies.
Don’t Call It Dizziness
There’s a problem with calling vertigo dizziness. The term dizziness is very generic, and people use it to refer to all sorts of problems ranging from vertigo to lightheadedness to balance issues. Only about half of patients who get vertigo ever find out the underlying cause. Perhaps part of this is due to misunderstandings regarding the symptom itself.
Keep in mind that while you may feel like everything is moving around you, when you lay down and close your eyes, the feeling may not go away. In fact, you may feel like you are moving, rather than the room. In any case, it is good to be specific about your symptoms when speaking with medical professionals.
Migraines, Vitamin D Deficiency, and Vertigo
It is important to remember that vertigo is a symptom, not a disease. Therefore, you need to look for what is at the heart of vertigo. Very often, the problem lies in the neck. As a result, migraines and vitamin deficiencies may play a role. In what ways?
- Migraines – Migraines are often associated with neck pain and the neck may be the source of many migraine problems. About 40% of the 39 million migraine patients in the US will experience vestibular symptoms such as vertigo. Therefore, proper care for migraines, and the neck pain that leads to them, is an important part of getting natural relief.
- Vitamin D Deficiency – Your body needs vitamin D in order to absorb calcium properly. Without this vitamin, your neck and other parts of the body may suffer due to a lack of calcium, even if you get plenty through diet and supplementation. The neck problems can, in turn, lead to vertigo.
Don’t Just Try to Live with It – Here Are the Main Reasons Why
There are a few big reasons that you shouldn’t just try to tough it out and consider your vertigo to be something you just have to live with.
- You don’t have to – Why just live with a health problem that can be helped? Don’t give up just because you haven’t found the right solution yet.
- It can lead to a dangerous fall – If vertigo strikes at the wrong moment, you can end up in a bad situation very quickly. While vertigo itself isn’t fatal, falls caused by vertigo can lead to serious injuries or even death.
- It can affect your mental health – Recurring vertigo can begin to take a toll on your mental state, especially when episodes occur without warning. The fear of a fall may become the most debilitating part of the condition.
Practicing Balance Techniques Is Important
The older we get, the more difficult it becomes to maintain proper balance. This is because the inner ear doesn’t function as well as it once did, particularly the neurons that communicate balance information. Training yourself to maintain proper balance through various forms of stretching may give your body the little extra help it needs in order to stay upright when a vertigo attack occurs.
Why Spinal Health Is Critical for Vertigo Patients
The main reason is that misalignments of the upper cervical spine may be the most overlooked underlying cause of vertigo. How can a misalignment of the C1 and C2 create the right conditions in the body for vertigo to occur? Here are a few ways:
- Ear function – A misaligned atlas (C1) can lead to problems with the ears. Since the inner ear is a key component in the body’s balancing system, this can lead to vertigo. In particular, a misalignment may inhibit the eustachian tubes from properly draining excess fluid. This fluid buildup can, in turn, cause vertigo.
- Brainstem function – The atlas surrounds and protects the brainstem. However, a misalignment can put pressure on the brainstem and inhibit proper function. The brainstem acts as a hub for all the information coming from the ears, eyes, joints, and muscles about balance and spatial orientation. So anything that affects brainstem function can lead to vertigo.
- Blood flow – The cervical spine facilitates blood flow to the brain by means of the vertebral foramen, loops of bone that provide safe passage for the arteries. Misalignments can inhibit oxygen-rich blood from reaching the head in full supply. This can affect central nervous system function and lead to vertigo, among other symptoms.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo
If you are suffering from vertigo, it makes sense to have your upper cervical alignment checked to see if this could be an underlying factor. Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in precisely detecting and gently correcting misalignments of the C1 and C2. Schedule a consultation with a practitioner in your area to learn if this is the right way for you to get natural help for vertigo.