Vertigo: The Most Common Misconceptions


Vertigo is one of the most common symptoms that people face. It can be scary to feel like you or everything around you is suddenly moving. For this reason, many people want to know what is wrong. While the Internet is an excellent source of information, including for medical purposes, you need to be discerning. 

Because vertigo is so common, there is a ton of information out there. Unfortunately, some of it is misinformation, and this gets repeated by writers who don’t their research well enough. Today, we’re going to debunk some of the most common misconceptions regarding vertigo. Then, we will introduce you to a natural therapy that has helped hundreds of patients in case studies to find significant relief from this symptom. 

Misconception 1 – Vertigo Is a Health Condition 

Vertigo is a symptom and not a health condition on its own. Therefore, an underlying cause can be the key to finding some much-needed relief.

So why do many people think that it is a health condition on its own? The problem often lies in the fact that about half of patients never find out what is causing their vertigo. Worse yet, some doctors use the condition benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) as a catchall when they don’t know the cause. This leads people to believe that vertigo is a condition. However, BPPV involves a particular set of symptoms with a specific underlying cause. Many patients don’t actually fit the description. 

Misconception 2 – Vertigo Just Happens as You Age 

The biggest problem with this misconception is that it can cause you to see vertigo as something natural that you just have to live with, rather than a symptom of a condition that you should be trying to get help for. If a doctor tells you that vertigo is just a part of getting older, the likelihood that you will ever learn the actually underlying cause is pretty slim.

Some doctors see it as no big deal to say this to patients because vertigo itself isn’t deadly. However, about one in three seniors in the US will have at least one fall this year, and many of those stumbles will be due to vertigo. In the elderly, a fall can be serious, even deadly. So looking for the cause and how to find relief is vital at any age. 

Misconception 3 – All Vertigo Causes Start in the Ear 

While it is true that the inner ear is the most common location for the root of a vertigo problem, it is not the only place to look for an underlying cause. The central nervous system can also be at the heart of false sense of movement (although some doctors contest this). The most significant proof that it can be related to a CNS issue is the fact that about 40% of migraineurs get vertigo. This neurological condition has nothing to do with the ears, and yet it results in over 10 million cases of vertigo annually. 

Besides ear and CNS causes, there are a few other possibilities. For example, vertigo is an early symptom of dehydration. It can also be a symptom of a heart attack or stroke, although they may also be considered CNS causes since the main reason behind the vertigo is a lack of blood reaching the brain. 

Misconception 4 – You Can’t Find Natural Vertigo Care 

For severe vertigo cases, doctors may recommend surgery, injections, or medications, all of which can have adverse side effects and iffy results. On the other hand, not everything that claims to provide natural relief will work either. How can you find natural vertigo care with backing from case studies? 

We want to introduce you to upper cervical specific chiropractic. Why does this form of chiropractic seem to be able to provide significant benefits for vertigo patients? Here are three ways that an upper cervical misalignment may lead to vertigo.

  1. Affects on the ears – When the upper cervical spine becomes misaligned, the ears are impacted in a couple of ways. First of all, the movement of surrounding soft tissue may create a direct effect by inhibiting the eustachian tubes from draining fluid away from the ears correctly. Second, the misalignment can result in reduced blood flow to the ears, which can also affect function. 
  2. Reduced blood flow to the brain – Since the cervical spine facilitates blood flow to the head, this can be one of the most significant effects of a misalignment. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, vertigo is just one of the many possible symptoms. 
  3. Inhibited brainstem function – The C1 surrounds and protects the brainstem. However, even the slightest misalignment may result in inhibited function due to increased pressure. Since the information coming to the brain passes through the brainstem, this can impede communication lines throughout the body and mixed signals coming from the ears can lead to vertigo. 

Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo 

If you are trying to find natural help for vertigo, this may be just what you’ve been looking for. Upper cervical chiropractic has helped many patients with vertigo in case studies. To learn if you have an upper cervical misalignment that may be at the root of your problem, contact a practitioner in your area today to schedule an examination.

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