Contrary to popular belief, most likely promoted by a particular movie a few decades ago, vertigo is not the fear of heights. It is actually the sensation of spinning. You may feel as if you are spinning around or you may feel like the things in the environment around you are spinning. True vertigo always has a rotational component to it. As many as 10 percent of people in the US have vertigo. If you are over the age of 40, you are at higher risk to develop it. Out of every 5 people, 2 will develop vertigo. From 1994 to 2004, 2.5 percent of people visited the emergency room for symptoms of vertigo.
Reasons for Vertigo
Vertigo is a balance disorder which occurs due to damage to the inner ear. The sensation of spinning may be strong enough to cause nausea and loss of balance. It differs from dizziness in that dizziness is a feeling of fainting.
Vertigo happens from an imbalance in the way certain areas of the body work, such as hearing, vision, and a sense of location in your environment. Because it’s a specific type of dizziness, vertigo is more of a symptom than a condition. Vertigo has been seen in people with high blood sugar and high cholesterol. Vertigo can impact your ability to perform your daily routines and give you a general feeling of being unwell.
Suggestion to Help Improve Vertigo
Here are a few suggestions that may help you see an improvement in vertigo.
- Change your eating habits. Eating processed food and those that trigger migraines may be one reason you are experiencing vertigo. If you want to see relief, then consider making some serious changes.
- Follow a low sodium diet (especially if you have Meniere’s disease).
- Avoid migraine trigger foods like red wine, cheese, and chocolate.
- Eat a diet rich in vitamin c — green leafy veggies, cantaloupe, sweet potatoes, strawberries, broccoli, green peppers, and tomatoes.
- Vitamin D: Studies show that not only do most of us not get enough vitamin D, but a deficiency also may be linked to positional vertigo. One study revealed that people with vertigo were often very deficient in vitamin D compared to those without vertigo.
- Garlic and sesame oil: When combined, garlic and sesame oil have been seen to relieve an attack of vertigo. Crush two garlic cloves and add to a pan with two teaspoons of sesame oil. Cook until brown in color and strain the oil into a cup. Once cooled, drip two or three drops of this concoction into the ear. Let sit for one minute before draining. Use on both ears.
- Change your pillow. A flattened pillow can actually be a reason for you to experience vertigo. It can cause you to have a pinched nerve, making you lose precious sleep. This can make you feel dizzy when you wake up. It is recommended that you change your pillow every six months to improve neck posture.
- Get a good night’s rest. Not enough sleep can lead to vertigo. Make sure you are getting between 7 and 8 hours of sleep a night. Do not nap during the day. Create a relaxing environment in your bedroom. Keep it cool and dark and limit any lights, even from alarm clocks, while you are sleeping.
- Manage stress: Keeping stress under control can help with vertigo. Psychotherapy might be a good option if you need help to identify and cope with your stress. Relaxation and breathing techniques can also be a big benefit. Taking a walk, listening to music, or taking a bubble bath can all help reduce stress for you.
- Be sure to drink enough water. Even slight dehydration causes vertigo, according to the American Heart Association. When you are dehydrated, your blood pressure drops, making you feel dizzy. Your body needs 8 to 12 cups of liquid a day. And, yes, that means all liquids. However, water is a good choice because it is calorie-free, caffeine-free, and is not a diuretic.
- Apple cider vinegar and raw honey. Unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and raw honey are best. They ease blood flow to the brain. Add two parts honey and one part apple cider vinegar. Then take 1 tablespoon of this mixture 2 or 3 times a day to prevent vertigo.
- Simply rotate your head. Sit up straight and lower your head forward to touch your chin to your chest, and then begin to rotate your head clockwise slowly three times. Repeat in the opposite direction. This can release muscle spasms and increase blood flow to the brain.
- Massaging your head. Using an essential oil like lavender and massaging your scalp can do much to calm vertigo. This improves blood circulation, relaxes you, and helps to reduce stress.
If More Help Is Needed for Vertigo
A study done in Germany showed an interesting link between a misaligned C1 vertebra and vertigo. A misalignment here puts the brainstem under stress and causes it to malfunction. The brainstem is the communication highway of the body. If it tells the brain that the body is in motion when it is not, the brain is going to become confused, and vertigo will be the end result.
Upper cervical chiropractors use a unique method to correct this misalignment. We are not required to pop or crack the neck to see positive results. Rather, we use a gentle method that encourages the bones of the neck to move back into place on their own. This results in less stress on the body and a longer-lasting adjustment. In many cases, people see great improvement in vertigo.