If you are frustrated by years of struggling under the burden of recurrent cases of vertigo, you are far from alone. In fact, this is one of the most common ailments a person can face, especially after the age of 40. Vertigo is a tricky symptom since it can be connected to a number of different diseases, some that affect the ears and some that affect the central nervous system. We’re going to introduce you to a natural therapy that can provide benefits for both, along with some other ways to improve your situation. Here are some ways to get vertigo relief that no one talks about.
There are a few simple changes you can make that might help to reduce the frequency and severity of vertigo episodes. While these may not all apply to your circumstances, see if there are a few you can give a try. Self-care is the least invasive and most inexpensive way to improve your health, so even if the benefits are minimal, they are worth it.
- Quit smoking – Smoking affects the body’s immune system as well as blood flow. Both of these can be factors in various vertigo diseases.
- Drink more water – Vertigo may be the first symptom of dehydration. Be sure to keep yourself properly hydrated by drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day.
- Limit alcohol intake – Vertigo can contribute to dehydration, and as we just mentioned, that can lead to vertigo. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, stick to just one or two in a day.
- Regulate caffeine intake – A little caffeine can actually improve blood flow, but too much caffeine can increase the severity of vertigo, so try to regulate your caffeine intake.
- Try an exclusion diet – Foods that you are allergic to or have a sensitivity to can cause fluid to build up rapidly in your ears. An overabundance of this fluid, called endolymphatic hydrops, can result in vertigo. An exclusion diet means eliminating the major food allergens from your diet and gradually reintroducing them to see if you have any food sensitivities. Then, be sure to avoid foods you have an issue with.
- Know your triggers – Some triggers are simple to avoid. If you get dizzy when standing up too quickly, take your time getting up. If you experience vertigo when you bend at the waist to pick something up, discipline yourself to crouch at the knees instead.
- Don’t skip meals – Low blood sugar can result in vertigo so be sure to eat frequently enough.
Positive Stress Reducers
Stress can trigger a vertigo attack. Of course, you can’t avoid all stress either at work or at home, so you have to find ways to cope with it. Smoking and drinking are negative ways of coping with stress that can actually make vertigo worse. What are some positive stress relievers that can help you manage your vertigo?
- Breathing exercises – Deep breathing can help to clear your mind of distractions. This can lessen your overall stress and help you to cope with chronic stress where you may not even be able to put your finger on what is bothering you to talk it out.
- Exercise – Exercise is a healthy diversion, and it can be a good outlet for getting out your frustrations. On top of this, exercise releases hormones in the body that give you a sort of “natural high.” If you want stress relief that stands the test of time, a regular exercise program may be just what you need.
- Focused meditation – This is about more than just clearing your mind. You need to focus on positive things. Imagine yourself reaching all of your goals and being completely successful. Think about ongoing trials from a positive perspective, with each trial as a growing or learning experience. Reflect on all of the good things in your life.
- Massage – Whether you see a licensed massage therapist or get a massage from a loved one, this is a good way to feel the cares melt away.
- Relaxation – Take breaks during the day when you need them, and take a vacation once in a while, even if you can only afford to be away for the weekend.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Many of the problems that lead to vertigo have their genesis in the upper neck. The atlas (C1 vertebra) surrounds the brainstem. Normally, it serves as a protector, but even a slight misalignment can result in it becoming a stressor on the central nervous system by inhibiting brainstem function. The atlas is also about midway between the ears. A misalignment can cause gradual changes in soft tissue that affect the ability of the eustachian tubes to drain excess fluid from the ears. The result can be persistent issues with endolymphatic hydrops and vertigo.
An upper cervical misalignment can be caused by abnormal wear and tear due to poor posture, or it can be the result of trauma such as a head or neck injury sustained in an accident. If you are suffering from vertigo, an upper cervical adjustment may be the natural way to get real help. To learn more, contact an upper cervical chiropractor in your area to schedule a no-obligation consultation. This will help you to see if the safe and gentle adjustments of upper cervical chiropractic are the best option to meet your individual health and wellness needs.
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