Difference Between Vestibular Migraine and Vertigo Associated Migraine

Migraines and vertigo commonly occur together. This may be referred to as migraine associated vertigo or MAV. Vestibular migraines are also a type of migraine that presents with vertigo. What is the difference between these conditions? How common are they? What can be done to find natural relief? We’ll answer these important questions in our article.

The Difference Between MAV and Vestibular Migraines

MAV simply refers to migraines that have vertigo as a symptom. This is very common. In fact, estimates are that about 1% of people have MAV. That means between 1 in 12 and 1 in 14 migraine sufferers also have vertigo depending on the research you base your statistics on. This condition is most common for people between the ages of 40 and 70.

Vestibular migraines, on the other hand, are a particular type of migraine that includes vestibular symptoms, vertigo in particular. Because the diagnosis criteria with vestibular migraines are more specific, not all people with MAV are classified as having vestibular migraines, though many doctors use the two terms interchangeably.

Getting Help for Vertigo

Regardless of the cause of vertigo, it is important to find the right source of relief. If you are seeking natural and drug-free care, upper cervical chiropractic may be right for you. Not only are there numerous case studies showing the benefits of upper cervical care on patients with vertigo or migraines, but even patients with less common forms of vertigo like Meniere’s disease are finding relief.

The results of the case studies reveal that if a person is experiencing vertigo, especially if it began following a head or neck injury like whiplash or a concussion, an upper cervical misalignment is the likely cause of the symptoms. To learn more about how a gentle and precise adjustment may help you to improve your quality of life, contact a practice near you and schedule a no-obligation consultation.


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