Are ready to get rid of vertigo the natural way? Many patients have tried traditional medications, and even more invasive vertigo treatments like injections or surgery, and are tired of the side effects, the lack of benefits, and the expense. We’re going to look at the top vertigo home remedies. Then we will discuss how you may be able to find long-term relief from a therapy that has helped hundreds in case studies.
The Best Vertigo Home Remedies
Before we go outside the home for natural care, let’s start out by talking about some of the things you can start doing today to reduce how frequently you experience vertigo. The top vertigo home remedies include:
- Gingko Biloba – It isn’t just for memory. In fact, one study in 2014 found that an extract from Ginkgo Biloba was as effective as the most commonly prescribed medication for vertigo.
- Controlling stress – Stress or anxiety can lead to a bout of vertigo. It raises your blood pressure and changes hormone levels in the body, all of which can hasten an attack. You can’t eliminate all stress from your life but do what you can to keep it to a minimum and know how to take breaks. Whether you start a new hobby or find a massage therapist who hits all the right spots, having positive ways to limit stress is important.
- Diet and exercise – The diet side of things is about avoiding foods that cause inflammation. That means eliminating artificial sweeteners, foods that high in refined sugars, fast food and other highly processed foods, and anything you may have a sensitivity to. You can try an exclusion diet if you are not sure whether you have any food sensitivities. The exercise side of things is a positive way to reduce stress and combat its effects. It can also build up the muscles that help you stay balanced, so if you do have a vertigo attack at an unexpected time, you may have the stability to prevent a fall.
- Get enough sleep – Vertigo attacks can be triggered by a lack of sleep. To improve your sleep, be sure to create the right sleep environment in your home. For most people, that means keeping the room quiet and dark. If you live in a city or an apartment building and can’t keep the room quiet, try using white noise. Block unnecessary sources of light by having chargers, your modem, and other devices that display an LED light in other rooms if possible. Try not to use mobile devices in bed since they can keep your body from realizing it is time to sleep. Also, having a set schedule for when you go to sleep and wake up will train your body to fall asleep faster.
- Drink more water – The simplest way to beat vertigo is to drink more water – at least if the underlying cause is dehydration. Since dehydration does cause vertigo as an early symptom, you may want to track your water intake for a few days to make sure you are drinking at least half a gallon per day, more if you live in a hot and dry climate or are very active.
- Reduce alcohol intake – To go along with dehydration, we have to mention reducing alcohol intake to reduce bouts of vertigo. Alcohol dries the body out. In fact, a hangover is basically due to dehydration. So if you already are prone to vertigo attacks, alcohol needs to be used in moderation, if at all.
- Quit smoking – Smoking is another habit that can make vertigo worse. This is because it constricts the blood vessels, and getting the right amount of blood to various parts of your vestibular and nervous systems is vital when it comes to keeping vertigo at bay. Smoking can also have ill effects for the spine in general and the neck in particular. We will address this connection between the neck and vertigo is just a moment.
- Change your pillow/sleep position – Continuing with our theme of the importance of neck health, you may need to adjust your sleep position or pillow. Sleeping on your stomach results in having the head twisted to the side for the entire night, so it is far better to sleep on your side or back. Be sure that your pillow is the correct firmness for the position you sleep in. That means softer for back sleepers than for side sleepers (who need a little extra support).
Now let’s take a look at that natural therapy that can help vertigo patients by relieving an often-overlooked underlying issue – an upper cervical misalignment.
How the Neck Relates to Vertigo and Finding Natural Relief
The neck, and the atlas (C1) in particular, can have a big effect on vertigo. For example, a misaligned neck can affect blood flow to the head, and this can create the conditions in the body under which vertigo can become a recurring problem. There is also the issue of ear function since the atlas is centered between the ears. Misalignments can cause changes in the surrounding soft tissue that may prevent the ears from draining properly. The excess fluid, in turn, can cause vertigo.
If you are suffering from severe or recurring bouts of vertigo, upper cervical chiropractic offers a safe and gentle solution. If you also suffer from neck pain or a have a history of head or neck trauma, you are a particularly good candidate. Call a practitioner in your area today to learn more.