When most people think about vertigo, there are two mistaken conceptions. First, many confuse this condition with a fear of heights. But don’t let the movie Vertigo (a Hitchcock film about a man with a fear of heights) fool you. It has nothing to do with altitude. Second, many think that vertigo just means that the room seems to be spinning. True, that’s definitely a case of vertigo, but this condition involves more.
What is it, and how can you find reliable help?
Vertigo is actually just a false sensation of movement. So, does that make vertigo synonymous with motion sickness? No, but the two are related. If you get on a boat and the motion leads to nausea and dizziness while moving, that’s motion sickness. If you get off the boat and onto land and still feel like you are bobbing up and down, that’s vertigo—that false sensation that you are still moving.
Clearly, vertigo is more than just a spinning sensation. The real question is, how can you find real relief from vertigo?
If you just got back to dry land, your episode may last for a few minutes or a few hours, but you shouldn’t require any help to get things back to normal, and the false sensation of movement shouldn’t return. However, some people deal with various forms of vertigo on a chronic basis with no clear reason other than maybe a sudden movement of the head. If that’s the kind of issue you are dealing with, you may find an upper cervical chiropractic of assistance.
Especially if you have experienced head or neck trauma in the past, you may have a misalignment of the C1 or C2 vertebra. These bones are positioned at the base of the skull. Misalignments can affect the brainstem, the vestibulocochlear nerve, and other elements of the body that may lead to vertigo. A gentle and precise adjustment may be just what is needed to provide long-lasting relief.
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