It’s not uncommon to feel a little dizzy from time to time. Maybe you stand up too quickly or have too many glasses of wine. But what if the dizziness doesn’t go away? What if you feel like the room is spinning all the time? You may be experiencing issues in your vestibular system.
Your body’s vestibular system helps maintain your balance. This is the link between your brain and the inner ear. Sadly some people experience vestibular issues that can lead to balance disorders, vertigo, or persistent postural-perceptual dizziness (PPPD). This can be confusing at first, especially if you’re clueless about what’s happening and what’s causing it. You may be filled with questions and worries, such as “Is there a cure?”, “Will I ever live a normal life?”, “Is there an effective source of vertigo relief?”, and more.
A study by students in Japan shows that PPPD has early warning signs that exacerbate this condition. These include:
- Upright posture
- Visual stimulation
PPPD is a chronic disorder where most patients experience dizziness and non-spinning vertigo, which can happen when moving, maintaining an upright posture, or when exposed to complex visual stimuli.
Other symptoms of PPPD
This condition can trigger recurring dizzying episodes that can last from 24 hours and extend to several days. Besides dizzying spells, they can cause symptoms affecting your daily routine, especially if they linger far too long. Below are the usual symptoms of PPPD:
- Feeling as if you are floating
- Non-spinning vertigo attacks with rocking or swaying movements instead of spinning sensations
- Loss of balance
- Constant feeling of falling, tripping, or slipping whenever you move
What causes PPPD
This condition can stem from various underlying conditions. Before you explore your options for any vertigo relief that can help manage your condition, it may be helpful to trace the possible causes of PPPD. Knowing the primary cause can help you find the best approach to finding relief. Below are some underlying health concerns that can trigger the onset of PPPD:
#1. Vestibular disorders
Patients who have Meniere’s disease, multiple sclerosis, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) are known to be highly susceptible to developing PPPD.
#2. History of injury or trauma in the neck or head
A whiplash injury or concussion can lead to a misalignment in your upper cervical spine. Unfortunately, this can affect your brainstem and cause it to malfunction. This malfunction can also trigger a long list of vestibular problems such as Meniere’s and BPPV, which can bring vertigo episodes and PPPD.
It’s not uncommon for migraine patients to experience vestibular issues. If you experience chronic vestibular migraine attacks, there’s also a high chance you will experience PPPD symptoms.
Can Upper Cervical Care provide PPPD and Vertigo Relief?
The less-noticed trigger of vestibular issues is a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. Unfortunately, sometimes this misalignment also happens gradually and not immediately; hence not everyone is privy to its negative impact on your daily life.
However, a misalignment in the upper spine can trigger a malfunction in the brainstem, a key element in the central nervous system responsible for transmitting messages between the brain and the body. If there is a malfunction, the brain receives distorted or incorrect messages and responds to the wrong message accordingly, which can bring symptoms that mimic those of PPPD and other vestibular issues.
Correcting misalignments through upper cervical care is vital to stop the brain from receiving distorted messages and for the brainstem to function correctly again without interference.
Many patients who endured neck and head trauma have neck bone misalignments. Correcting them with the help of an upper cervical chiropractic doctor can help bring promising PPPD and vertigo relief from their episodes. Sometimes other vestibular disorders also benefit from upper cervical adjustments because restoring balance and alignment in your spine can relieve unnecessary pressure from your nerves, muscles, joints, and ligaments.
Experience the benefits of upper cervical adjustments firsthand by booking your appointment. You can look for a reputable and board-certified in this directory of upper cervical chiropractic doctors.
Your spine needs TLC, just like other organs in your body. So we strongly recommend working closely with an upper cervical chiropractor today!