Why Do I Have a Feeling of Being Pulled to One Side?

Feeling of being pulled to one side

Are you experiencing a feeling of being pulled to one side? Have you been asking the question why do I feel like I'm leaning to one side? Or the feeling of being pushed when walking? Or the feeling of being pulled down by gravity? These types of feelings are associated with different types of disequilibrium including dizziness, vertigo and other similar conditions.

If you have ridden a merry-go-round before, you likely have an idea of what vertigo is like. It is the false sensation that the world is spinning around you—and you are tilting, swaying, or something is pulling you to one side.

If you feel like you’re getting symptoms of leaning to the left or you feel dizzy leaning to one side, do not ever ignore this vertigo symptom. It could be due to a glitch in your inner ear, the part of your body that controls your balance.

Learn more about the common causes of vertigo, dizziness and disequilibrium and how you can achieve vertigo relief through upper cervical chiropractic care in this blog.

Dizziness and Feeling of Being Pulled to One Side

The feeling of being pulled to one side can be a symptom of various conditions, including cervical vertigo, which is related to neck issues. Cervical vertigo can cause dizziness, neck pain, vision issues, nausea, and lack of coordination. If you have a history of head or neck injuries such as car crashes, slip and fall injuries, sports injuries, concussions, whiplash, history of being knocked unconscious or other injuries to her head or neck is more likely that you are experiencing cervical vertigo. We will discuss cervical vertigo more later in this article and give you the best approach to address the underlying cause.

What Causes Vertigo? 

Your inner ear is filled with small organs, a nerve, and fluid. These inner structures keep you upright and balanced. So, when a malfunction happens on any of the parts of your inner ear, you will be more prone to suffering from a vertigo attack. 

Attaining vertigo relief can only be possible once you have a clear idea of what is causing your vertigo. So, let us dive deeper into the most common causes of vertigo. 

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

Those with BPPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo deal with vertigo attacks that stem from dislodged calcium stones in the inner ear. A simple and rapid head movement can make the calcium crystals move with the force of gravity. This sends the brain with a false signal that you are spinning even when you are not. You may feel this sensation when bending, turning your head in bed, or looking up. 

Meniere’s disease

Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that causes a triad of symptoms. Its signs include vertigo attacks, partial to permanent hearing loss, and tinnitus or ringing of the ears. In addition, people with this condition may experience mild to severe vertigo attacks that may last from a few minutes to hours. Aside from vertigo attacks, Meniere’s disease can also cause other balance problems such as dizziness and lightheadedness. 

Low oxygen level

Vertigo is also a sign that you may not be getting enough oxygen in your body. This is because a depletion in your oxygen level can affect your body’s ability to function well. So, if you are someone with any type of lung disease, you will be at a greater risk of experiencing vertigo and other balance problems. 

Panic attacks

Most people experiencing panic attacks may hyperventilate. Rapid, unnatural, and deep breathing can leave you feeling breathless. In addition, hyperventilation can deprive your brain of oxygen, causing vertigo, dizziness, and other balance problems.

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Poor blood circulation 

Poor circulation can decrease blood flow to the brain and the inner ear. When your inner ear and brain do not receive enough blood, vertigo may occur. In addition, a blood clot in the brain can lead to stroke, which is also characterized by symptoms of vertigo attacks, difficulty walking and talking, and severe headaches. 

Diabetes complications  

Vertigo can come from various health conditions, one of which is diabetes. A complication from diabetes or hypoglycemia can lead to a decrease in blood sugar levels in the body. This may lead to symptoms of vertigo attacks and other balance problems.

In addition, low blood sugar can cause an imbalance of chemicals in the fluid within your inner ear. The fluid in the inner ear is made up of specific components which allow the cochlea to work correctly. So, when your inner ear’s fluid changes in composition due to lower blood pressure, it may affect the way your inner ear controls your balance.

Cervical Vertigo

If you have experienced a previous accident that has caused trauma to your neck and head it's possible that your feeling of being pulled to one side is a result of cervical vertigo. Accidents and injuries to the head and neck can cause a tearing loose the connective tissue that holds the spine in place which allows the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position. Once the upper neck is misaligned it can cause a cascade of events leading to a variety of health issues including vertigo or the feeling of being pulled to one side.

Upper Cervical Misalignments

An upper cervical misalignments a.k.a. upper neck misalignment can put tension and pressure on the spinal cord and brainstem. Upper Cervical misalignment can also distort the information that is being sent to your brain. These can significantly disturb your sense of balance. But the good news is that vertigo and other balance problem due to Upper Cervical misalignment respond very well to upper cervical chiropractic care. Upper cervical chiropractic care allows you to find vertigo relief naturally.

Factors that Put You at Risk for Vertigo

Anyone can experience vertigo, but certain risk factors might increase your chances of having one. These factors include:

  • Suffering from a head or neck injury
  • Dizziness and feeling of being pulled to one side
  • Body leaning to one side when walking
  • Constantly experiencing an intense level of stress
  • Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol
  • Taking certain types of drugs, especially antipsychotics

Grab the Chance to Attain Vertigo Relief By Following These 8 Tips

Are you ready to break free from vertigo without relying too much on medications? We’re going to show you eight ways to shake of the shackles of vertigo naturally. The last of our eight points will direct you to a therapy that has helped hundreds in documented case studies.

#1 Don’t Bend at the Waist

For many people with positional vertigo, this one simple solution stops many vertigo episodes. Also, it may even help to prevent falls. When head position is a factor in the onset of vertigo, leaning forward can be a trigger. Bending at the knees and reaching down without tilting your head forward may keep the ground from coming up to meet you.  This is something that many positional vertigo patients have experienced when bending over.

#2 Mind Your Posture

Posture is something all of us can improve, but for those with vertigo, it is a must. A forward head position increases pressure on the spine, particularly the neck, and can lead to more frequent or severe cases of vertigo if the underlying issue is in the cervical spine (as is the case for many people).

#3 Kick the Smoking Habit

If you are not a smoker, good for you. But if you have this habit, it is time to quit. You probably already realize that smoking is bad for all sorts of health conditions, but it is particularly bad if you get vertigo often. Once again, this may go back to the neck and the fact that nicotine can lead to premature degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae.

#4 The Epley Maneuver

This canalith repositioning technique can be particularly beneficial if you suffer from positional vertigo. Positional vertigo is frequently related to displaced crystals in the inner ear canals that help with balance and spatial orientation. If a crystal gets out of its proper canal, false sensations of movement can result. The Epley maneuver is one of several techniques developed to get the crystal back into the right part of the inner ear through a series of head movements. You may need a healthcare professional to help you through the maneuvers the first time.

#5 Exercise

Exercise plays a two-fold role in reducing the frequency and severity of vertigo, regardless of the root cause. First of all, the right exercises can strengthen the spine and help you to maintain better posture. Second, exercise can be a great stress reducer (especially if you usually deal with stress with something that is bad for vertigo, such as reaching for a cigarette). Since stress is a major trigger for episodes of vertigo, the stress-reducing hormones released during a good workout can be an important way to combat this symptom.

#6 Reduce Salt Intake

This is another natural remedy related to a particular underlying cause of vertigo. If you are suffering from Meniere’s disease, a vestibular condition that results in vertigo and many other symptoms, then you may be experiencing excess fluid in the inner ear (called endolymphatic hydrops). Reducing salt intake can limit the fluids that the body retains and may thus limit the amount of fluid in the inner ear. Just be sure to increase your water intake so you don’t become dehydrated (which leads to our next suggestion).

#7 Drink More Water

Vertigo can often be a symptom of a lack of proper hydration, so get enough fluids daily. The average person should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. If you think you meet that requirement, a good way to test yourself is to get an app that tracks your water intake. You may be surprised to learn that you are not drinking as much water as you thought. This can be one of the simplest ways to break free from vertigo.

#8 Seek Upper Cervical Care

You’ve probably noticed that we have referred to the neck several times already throughout our article. How may an Upper Cervical subluxation be linked to vertigo occurrence? Here are three ways:

  • Eustachian tube function – The eustachian tubes carry excessive amounts of fluid away from the inner ear. If these tubes are stopped up due to a lesion, the fluid may pool in the inner ear and cause vertigo. An atlas misalignment can gradually result in this issue according to a recent study.
  • Brainstem function – The atlas (C1 vertebra) surrounds the brainstem. While it normally serves as a protection, a misalignment can actually put pressure on the brainstem and inhibit proper function. Since signals passed between the body and brain go through the brainstem, this can affect things such as balance and spatial orientation.
  • Blood flow facilitation – Since the cervical vertebrae facilitate blood flow to the brain, any misalignment in the neck can inhibit how much blood (and therefore oxygen) is reaching the brain. Once again, this can affect how the central nervous system interprets signals about the body’s position in regard to the world around it.

With these factors in mind, it is clear to see the importance of having a properly aligned atlas. Upper Cervical Chiropractors specialize in providing safe and gentle adjustments of the atlas. These adjustments can help reverse the misalignment's effects, as adjustments are long-lasting, giving the body the time it needs to heal.

Schedule a Consultation with an Upper Cervical Chiropractor Near You

If you are suffering from chronic vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, give an upper cervical practice in your area a call to schedule a consultation. You may have just discovered the natural way to break free from vertigo for good!  

Upper cervical chiropractic care can provide natural vertigo relief to patients. This procedure works by correcting any imbalance between your head and neck, restoring the proper function of your nervous system. In addition, this also restores the proper flow of fluid in your ear. All of which are vital in relieving vertigo naturally.

To see whether your body is leaning to one side when walking issues or vertigo episodes stem from upper cervical misalignment, visit the nearest Upper Cervical Chiropractor in your area. You may browse our directory to schedule an online appointment with your chosen upper cervical chiropractor.

For more information, read this blog: What Is Vertigo And Can A Chiropractor Help With Vertigo?

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Do I Feel Like I'm Leaning To One Side?

Leaning to the left could be due to various reasons, including inner ear issues, muscle imbalances, neurological conditions, or even poor posture. Consulting with a healthcare professional can help determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.

Why Do I Feel Off-Balance but Not Dizzy?

Sensations of listing to the left when walking may result from inner ear disturbances, vestibular issues, or neurological conditions. It's essential to seek medical advice to identify the specific cause and receive proper evaluation and management.

Why Am I Dizzy and My Body Pulling to the Right Side When Walking?

Dizziness and leaning to one side can be associated with conditions like vertigo, inner ear disorders, or neurological issues. Seeking medical attention is crucial to diagnose the root cause and determine the most effective treatment for your symptoms.

 What Does Vertigo Feel Like?

 Vertigo is a sensation of spinning or a feeling that the environment is spinning around you. It can be accompanied by dizziness, imbalance, nausea, and in severe cases, vomiting. Inner ear issues, neurological problems, or certain medications can contribute to vertigo. If you experience these symptoms, it's advisable to consult with an upper cervical specialist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

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