If you are suffering from chronic and persistent bouts of vertigo, then you may be disappointed in the vertigo treatments you receive for a number of reasons. First of all, your options are limited. Second, many are invasive and potentially damaging. Finally, you may find that the results are poor but the expense is high. Because of this, many people are looking for natural vertigo relief.
We’re going to take a closer look at two more failures when it comes to providing proper care for vertigo patients. Then, we will offer hope that natural relief may be possible for you, and you may be able to find out what is causing your vertigo to get to the root of the problem.
When the Underlying Cause of Vertigo Is Unknown
One of the biggest problems that patients face when it comes to vertigo treatments is that doctors are often guessing. This is because about half of patients never find out what the underlying cause of their vertigo is. Vertigo is a symptom, not a condition. Without knowing the cause, finding the best way to prevent future episodes can be a very expensive battle and offer limited results.
The official diagnosis of most cases of vertigo is BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). Basically, this means that changes in head position trigger vertigo attacks. But why do changes in head position trigger attacks? About 70% of people will never find out, so all doctors can do is treat the symptom.
One of the biggest problems that western medicine faces when determining the cause of vertigo is that 99% of the underlying causes are not something you can discover with a lab test. Also, even if the underlying cause is discovered, most of those causes do not have a specific pill as a treatment.
Meniere’s disease is a good example. Researchers don’t really know what causes it. Many practitioners confuse Meniere’s with endolymphatic hydrops (too much fluid in the ears), but while this may occur for a Meniere’s patient, it is not the underlying cause of the disease. On the other hand, upper cervical chiropractors have been able to help hundreds of Meniere’s patients in case studies to get significant relief from vertigo and other symptoms.
Of course, doctors frequently refrain from mentioning natural alternatives, and this is another point of contention between patients and doctors.
A Lack of Natural Alternatives for Vertigo
There are a couple of reasons that doctors do not make a lot of recommendations when it comes to natural alternatives. First of all, they don’t call it “practicing medicine” without good reason. Most doctors think of medicine as the only real way to help patients. Second, and this may be because of the attitude we just mentioned, most doctors are not in the know when it comes to alternatives or natural medicine in general.
If you are looking for drug-free ways to reduce the effects of vertigo, here are a few things that may help, many of which are simple lifestyle changes that you can make at home.
- Drink more water – One of the first signs that you are becoming dehydrated is vertigo. If you are dealing with recurrent vertigo, you may want to try tracking your water intake for a few days. If you find that you are way behind the recommended eight glasses per day, enlist the help of an app to remind you to drink water regularly throughout the day.
- Exercise regularly – One of the big triggers for vertigo is stress. Regular exercise counteracts the hormones that are produced when you are under a lot of stress. Also, exercise increases blood flow, which is good for counteracting vertigo as well.
- Stop smoking – Smoking has the opposite effect of exercise. It constricts the blood vessels, reduces blood flow, hurts your immune system, and slows down your body’s natural ability to heal.
- See an upper cervical chiropractor – We’ve already mentioned the results that upper cervical chiropractic has had in case studies when it comes to vertigo. Whether you know the underlying cause of your symptoms or not, how may upper cervical chiropractic help? Let’s examine this option closely.
Vertigo and Upper Cervical Misalignments
The case studies that have been conducted involving upper cervical chiropractic care have all involved vertigo patients who also had a misalignment in the top two bones of the neck. If you don’t have this misalignment, obviously this form of care isn’t for you. But many people are suffering from subluxations in the C1 and C2. Why?
- Car accidents
- Sports injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Other head or neck trauma
- Normal wear and tear
- Abnormal wear and tear (e.g., poor posture)
Therefore, it makes sense for anyone who is dealing with chronic vertigo to consult with an upper cervical chiropractor. Even if you don’t know what is causing your vertigo, it may be because your doctor hasn’t checked your upper cervical spine for subluxations. Additionally, upper cervical chiropractic can help with many of the known causes of vertigo like Migraines and Meniere’s disease.
To learn more, contact the upper cervical chiropractor nearest you. You can also use the search feature on this website to find one of our preferred doctors. While western medicine certainly has its place, don’t underestimate the benefits of incorporating alternative forms of care. Upper cervical chiropractic offers whole-body wellness and optimal functionality for the central nervous system, so schedule an appointment today.