Vertigo can become debilitating if you find that the bouts are recurring, severe, and happen when you least expect them. As a result, you may find that your quality of life suffers because you are always worried about when vertigo will happen next or what the results may be if an episode is severe and you experience a fall.
If you are struggling with this sort of vertigo, we’re going to give you some self-care tips to immediately improve the quality of your life by reducing how often you have an attack. Then, well will introduce you to a chiropractic subspecialty that has found real and long-lasting results for vertigo patients in case studies.
Self-Care for Vertigo Patients
These self-care tips can be particularly beneficial if you are in the half of vertigo patients who don’t know the underlying cause or if you have been diagnosed with migraines, positional vertigo, or Meniere’s disease.
- Drink more water – Vertigo is an early symptom of dehydration, so you may want to track your water intake for a few days. Many people are surprised to find how little water they drink per day when not keeping track. There are plenty of apps that can help you to track your water intake and remind you to drink more water. It will also help to cut back on cola, energy drinks, tea, and coffee, which can all dry you out.
- Eat less sodium – This is especially important if you also have a feeling of fullness or pressure in one or both ears. That can indicate an excess of fluid in the inner ear, which can certainly lead to vertigo. Salt helps your body to retain water, but that also leads to more fluid. It’s a bit of a catch 22 because you will also have to increase water intake – otherwise, your vertigo could just go from being a result of too much fluid to being the result of dehydration.
- Stress management – Stress or anxiety can trigger a vertigo attack. Stress can also trigger a migraine (up to 40% of migraineurs report vertigo as a symptom). Learning how to control stress is important if you suffer from vertigo on a recurring basis. Just don’t use things like alcohol or smoking to try and control stress because they can both result in more vertigo.
- Improve your posture – Many cases of vertigo are related to the neck. Poor posture while driving, at the office, and while using mobile devices can all be at the heart of a chronic vertigo problem. Try to keep monitors at eye level, never hold a phone between your ear and shoulder (get a Bluetooth headset or use speakerphone), and don’t check your phone 100 times per day.
- Exercise regularly – Vertigo can be related to blood flow problems. Therefore, a little cardio every day may be helpful. Of course, if your vertigo is related to a cardiovascular problem, you don’t want to overdo it. That’s why it is important to consult your physician before starting a new exercise routine. Just be sure you are physically active for at least part of every day and that you stretch if you can’t do anything more strenuous.
- Sleep right – The amount of sleep and your sleep position can both make a difference. Not getting enough sleep can be a trigger for a number of conditions that cause vertigo, including migraines. Your sleep position and the quality of your pillow can affect your neck alignment. Stomach sleeping is the worst for your neck because you end up with your head turned to the side all night. Remember that your pillow should help you maintain the natural curvature of your neck while sleeping.
These are some things you may be able to apply right now to see fewer bouts of vertigo. However, if you are looking for long-term relief, you have to get to the source. As we mentioned earlier, for many people, an overlooked source of vertigo is in the upper neck.
The Upper Cervical Spine and Vertigo
If you are suffering from vertigo on a regular basis, it makes sense to get your upper cervical spine checked out by a specialist. Here are a few reasons:
- Ear function – The atlas (C1) is located directly between the ears, and a misalignment can affect the tubes that drain excess fluid away. Therefore, a misalignment may be at the heart of a fluid issue.
- CNS function – The atlas also surrounds the brainstem. If a misalignment is putting pressure on the brainstem, this can affect communication throughout the body. If the body and brain are not communicating properly about balance and spatial orientation, this can lead to vertigo.
- Blood flow – Cervical misalignments can also affect blood flow to the head. This, in turn, can affect both the ears and the central nervous system.
So there are many ways in which the alignment of the top bones in the neck relates to the onset of vertigo. Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in detecting and gentle correcting event the slightest misalignments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae.
If you are looking for natural help for vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, we encourage you to seek out the assistance of an upper cervical chiropractor. A no-obligation consultation can be your first step toward restoring your quality of life and maybe even toward becoming vertigo-free!
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