Vertigo is usually spoken of as a symptom rather than a condition all its own. Of course, the most common form of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, which is basically a fancy way of saying vertigo without a known cause. It is generally assumed the condition happens due to a problem with the fluid in the inner ear. Thus, certain head positions or moving the head too quickly are blamed for flare-ups.
At other times, vertigo is a symptom of a more serious condition. While you won’t see vertigo on most symptom lists for Lyme, it is something that can occur during the later stages. Having the disease for an extended period of time can lead to cranial neuritis. If the condition affects the eighth cranial nerve (vestibulocochlear), then vertigo and other balance issues may result.
A Far More Common Cause of Vertigo
It is a fairly rare occurrence when Lyme disease is actually the underlying factor in vertigo incidence. A far more common problem that leads to vertigo is a misalignment in the C1 and C2 vertebrae. This type of misalignment can affect blood flow to the brain and ears and lead to vestibular problems either of a peripheral (related to the ear) or central (related to the central nervous system) nature.
Natural Vertigo Relief Is Available
Research involving Meniere’s disease – a vestibular condition that has vertigo as a primary symptom – shows the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic. In one study of 139 patients, the average severity of vertigo experienced by patients decreased from 8.5 (out of 10) to just 1.4 over a period of two years of adjustments.
Upper cervical chiropractic involves gentle adjustments that are only provided as needed. Since the adjustments are low force, they often last longer than a general chiropractic adjustment. Therefore, most patients require only an occasional adjustment to maintain proper balance.
If you are suffering from vertigo, especially if you have a history of injury to the head or neck, consult with an upper cervical chiropractor near you to develop a plan of action.
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