Vertigo: The Lasting Result of Misaligned Bones


Vertigo is a medical situation where you have the sensation that you or the things around you are spinning around. This condition regularly has a rotational factor to it. It could also feel like you are swaying or about to fall. Here is a list of various other symptoms that may accompany vertigo:

  • A sensation of fullness in the ear
  • A diminished level of consciousness
  • Blurred vision
  • Changes in thoughts
  • Difficulty walking
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unsteadiness
  • Tinnitus - a ringing noise in your ear
  • Loss of Hearing
  • Sweating
  • Trouble speaking
  • Motion sickness

The symptoms of vertigo may be episodic or persistent. In other words, it can occur just once and never again, or it may appear intermittently without warning or cause.

Persistent vertigo 

This kind of vertigo can have symptoms that last for more than a day. There is a degenerative change that disturbs your balance as you grow older. What happens is that there is a degeneration of the ampulla and otolith organs within the inner ear. It is only natural to notice the nerve conduction slows down as part of the aging process. All these things add to the symptoms of persistent vertigo.

Episodic vertigo

This type of vertigo happens less often – lasting in between only seconds to minutes. This vertigo attack may occur due to autoimmune disease or diabetic neuropathy, in addition to other causes.

Two Basic Types of Vertigo

There are two basic types of vertigo: 

  • Central vertigo

This vertigo occurs due to an injury to the balance center of the central nervous system. The injury may be due to a lesion on the cerebellum or the brainstem.

  • Peripheral vertigo

This vertigo happens due to a problem with the inner ear or vestibular system (consists of the vestibular nerve, semicircular canals, and the vestibule). Meniere’s disease, BPPV, and labyrinthitis are examples of peripheral vertigo.

What Causes Vertigo

Strictly speaking, vertigo is not a condition but rather a symptom of some other disease. Lesser common causes of vertigo include:

  • Stroke
  • Brain tumors
  • Brain injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Trauma
  • Migraines
  • Uneven pressure between the middle ears
  • Toxin exposure to carbon monoxide 
  • Alcohol intake

Common Causes of Vertigo

  • Labyrinthitis

It is well-known for inflicting severe dizziness along with nausea, unsteadiness, and vomiting. This condition is due to a viral infection of the inner ear. With labyrinthitis, hearing problems are not common. However, you may experience a sensation of tinnitus or congestion. Thirty percent of people with this condition have constant balance problems.

  • Meniere’s Disease

This disease occurs due to congestion of endolymphatic fluid in the inner ear. Meniere’s disease has recurring, frequent, and impulsive episodes of tinnitus (ringing in the ears), severe vertigo, and a sensation of stress in the affected ear, hearing loss, severe nausea, and vomiting, and imbalance. As this disease gets worse, hearing loss may become permanent.

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

BPPV is the most widespread vestibular disorder. It occurs when calcium carbonate debris crumbles down from the otoconial membrane and enters the semicircular canal. Thus, it creates a feeling of movement. If you have BPPV, you may have short bouts of vertigo -- usually within a minute. It often happens whenever you change positions, like rolling over in bed or sitting up from a lying position. BPPV occurs in 1.6 percent of the population every year, while 10 percent have an attack during their lifetime. About 20 percent of all dizziness documented in medical offices is due to BPPV. Also, 50 percent of all dizziness in older people is due to BPPV.

Epley maneuver can help relieve BPPV, which helps maneuver the calcium carbonate crystals back into the proper place.

  • Alternobaric Vertigo

This vertigo occurs because of the pressure differences between the middle ear cavities, which are caused by a partial blockage or complete blockage of the Eustachian tube. People most often experience this on a flying plane or diving underwater.

  • Vestibular Migraine

This disorder is a mixture of migraines and vertigo. It is one of the most frequent causes of a spontaneous and recurring vertigo. It may be due to the stimulation of the trigeminal nerve, often leading to nystagmus, especially for people who already suffer from migraines. Vestibular migraine tends to occur generally among women but rarely affects those over the age of 60.

Fixing Misaligned Bones to Stop Vertigo 

There is a tested care that is giving vertigo patients their much-needed relief and care. This form of therapy is called upper cervical chiropractic care. How does it stop vertigo? Upper cervical chiropractic addresses the root cause of vertigo, not just deals with its surrounding symptoms. More importantly, it corrects any misalignments that exist in the bones of the upper neck.

A misalignment in the atlas (C1) or axis (C2) can put the brainstem under pressure and causes it to transmit improper signals to the brain. When the brainstem informs the brain that the body is in motion when it is not, then vertigo becomes the effect. Therefore, correcting the misalignments of the neck leads to a decrease in the symptoms of dizziness or vertigo.

Upper cervical chiropractors examine the neck to find the precise location of the misalignment. Once determined, a gentle technique is applied to help your vertebrae move back in its correct position without the need to crack or pop the neck or the spine. This procedure allows the bones to realign themselves naturally, leading to a longer-lasting readjustment.

Thousands of patients in case studies saw a significant improvement in their vertigo in just a few visits to an upper cervical chiropractor. Others even experienced a complete recovery from vertigo. 

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