Vertigo: 8 Tips and Tricks to Help Alleviate the Spinning

Hacks to manage vertigo

Vertigo has been defined as the feeling that you or the things in the environment around you are moving when they are not. It often has a rotational component of false movement. Some associate vertigo with a fear of heights, which is called acrophobia. This has to do with a popular movie from long ago. But vertigo has nothing to do with how high up you are. Rather, it is a disorder of the inner ear or central nervous system that can be due to a number of different underlying factors.

Vertigo Causes

Some things that may cause vertigo to occur include:

  • Swelling of the inner ear
  • Misplaced crystals in the inner ear
  • Improper fluid balance
  • Tumors
  • Bacterial or viral infections
  • Diseases of the ear such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and Meniere’s disease
  • Head or neck trauma
  • Brain injuries
  • Migraines
  • Skin growth behind the eardrum (cholesteatoma)
  • Pressure changes in the middle ear
  • Colds and allergies
  • Abnormal growth of bone in the middle ear
  • Exposure to certain drugs or chemicals that damage the hairs of the ear
  • An aneurysm
  • Arrhythmia
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Dehydration
  • A defective heart valve
  • Embolism
  • Hyperventilation
  • Certain medications
  • A heart attack
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Stress and tension

Vertigo Symptoms

Vertigo is among the most common reason for adults and children to visit their family physician or emergency department. Dizziness and vertigo become more common after the age of 40.  Vertigo can be temporary or long-term. The symptoms of vertigo include:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Balance issues
  • Tinnitus - ringing in the ears
  • A feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • A headache

Health Problems that can Occur with Vertigo and Dizziness

Dizziness and vertigo often occur with a few other health problems; one example is mild hearing loss, one of the most common causes of disability globally. Roughly a quarter of the population under 25 have experienced mild hearing loss. Meanwhile, for people above 30 years old, around 40 percent of them have hearing loss problems. Interestingly, hearing loss, dizziness, and vertigo are common symptoms of Meniere’s disease, an inner ear problem that impacts the brain and the rest of the nervous system.

Beside’s Meniere’s Disease, migraines can also cause dizziness and vertigo. Roughly 40 percent of people who experience migraines also report vertigo, motion sickness, and temporary hearing loss. Other health problems associated with vertigo and dizziness include:

  • Migraine associated vertigo
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Demyelination
  • Vestibular neuronitis
  • Brainstem or cerebellar vascular lesions
  • Acoustic tumors

Tips and Tricks to Reduce Vertigo

Here are 8 things you can try at home to help reduce the occurrence of vertigo.

Check your blood pressure

If you have low blood pressure, your body may be struggling to deliver enough blood to the brain. This causes you to feel dizzy when you stand up quickly. However, if you have high blood pressure, you may have the same reaction for the opposite reason. Your heart is working extra hard to move the blood. If your pressure is low, avoid blood thinners. With either condition, strive to live a heart-healthy lifestyle that includes exercise.

Practice fall prevention exercises

This will not stop your vertigo but will help you manage one of the resulting complications – falling. It is a good idea to visit a physiotherapist to help you learn how to develop the muscles in your legs, ankles, and feet so you can build reflexive strength. This helps you to be able to steady yourself when you begin to fall.

Balancing exercises

You may be surprised to learn that it is possible to train yourself to be balanced. Along with the previously mentioned reflexive exercises, a number of other exercises can be learned to help you keep your balance and increase the link between the body and the brain.

Clean your ears

It is possible the improper signals being sent by your ears to your brain can be the result of blockages in the ear. A heavily blocked ear can lead to vertigo. Do not use Q-tips as these can push the wax further in the ear and make matters much worse. Instead, get drops that you can put in the ear to soften and break up the wax. This can also be the reason for ear infections.

Lie down

Just taking a break and lying down for awhile can be enough to reset your balance issues. This gives the fluid in the ear time to settle down and helps ensure that the proper amounts of blood and oxygen can reach the brain and help you de-stress. Lying down also helps you connect with being firmly grounded and establish yourself in your environment. When you get up, take your time and do it slowly so as to keep your balance in line.

Relax

Stress is one reason vertigo can get out of hand. This is because it may lead to rapid breathing and hyperoxia (too much oxygen). Stress also heightens all our senses and makes us hyperaware. This is often the reason people faint when they have a panic attack. By using controlled breathing and self-help talk, many are able to calm down and relax.

Eat some sweets

The brain needs oxygen and blood to function at its best. The brain also needs stabilized sugar levels. If you have skipped meals, your blood sugar may become low and begin to impact your brain function. A banana or another source of healthy carbs can help with vertigo.

Caffeine

A dose of caffeine actually helps to increase oxygen to the brain and is very helpful in caring for vertigo. Caffeine clears brain-fog and helps you feel more alert and awake. However, caution should be exercised. Those with high blood pressure should avoid it, and it may cause anxiety in some people, making the problem worse.

Chiropractic Care for Vertigo and Dizziness

Typically when you visit a doctor for vertigo or dizziness, they will ask you for your patient history and perform thorough diagnostic tests. With your medical history and a detailed description of your symptoms and possible triggers, the doctor can narrow down the possible causes.

That’s why it’s crucial to describe what sort of sensation you feel, the duration of your dizziness, the accompanying symptoms, and whatnot. If it’s an episodic type of vertigo, here are some things your doctor might point out depending on the triggers you mention:

  • If it lasts for a few seconds and if you only feel it when moving your head in a certain motion or position, BBPV might be the reason behind your vertigo.
  • If it lasts for days and includes symptoms like nausea, vestibular neuronitis likely triggered it.
  • Do you experience ear congestion or ringing in the ears? If yes, you might also have Meniere’s disease.
  • If your vertigo only lasts for a couple of minutes, it may be caused by a migraine or perhaps a vascular or brain disease.

The more vivid and specific descriptions and reports you can provide, the more accurate diagnosis you can get. An underlying health problem might cause it in other systems such as the cardiovascular system. Alternatively, your dizziness or vertigo may be resulting from a malfunction in your inner ear’s vestibular system.

So, where does an upper cervical care chiropractor fit in all of this? Can a chiropractor help with vertigoOur quick answer would be yes. If a vestibular system problem or a BBPV caused your vertigo or dizziness, an upper cervical care chiropractor could relieve your dizziness.

Getting Professional Help for Vertigo from a Chiropractic Doctor

study conducted by an upper cervical chiropractic professional examined 60 patients diagnosed with dizziness or vertigo. He compared their medical history and found that 56 reported neck trauma before their vertigo diagnosis. Some of the leading causes of their injury included car collisions, sports-related accidents, slipping and tripping down the stairs.

Then, through digital imaging analysis and X-ray, he found that all of these patients had C1 and C2 bone misalignments. Following his findings, he provided personalized neck chiropractic care for these patients, each care specifically designed to address the patients’ bone misalignment for 1 to 6 months. Indeed, the results showed that upper cervical care works. Out of the original number of patients, 48 reported relief from vertigo or dizziness, while the remaining patients showed improvements in their vertigo episodes.

Upper cervical chiropractors have seen great success in caring for vertigo patients. If one of the top bones of the neck, the C1 or C2 vertebra, are misaligned, they may be putting undue pressure on the brainstem causing it to send improper signals to the brain. If the brainstem tells the brain the body is moving when it is not, vertigo may be the end result.

Upper cervical chiropractors have been specially trained to realign these bones without the need to use force. Rather than popping or cracking the bones of the spine, we use a gentle method that aligns the bones more naturally, leading to a longer lasting adjustment and less stress on the body. This has proven to be effective in helping people see an improvement in various symptoms, including vertigo.

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