Vertigo disease takes the form of many different health conditions, which is why vertigo is so common. Rather than being a disease on its own, vertigo is a symptom of many different syndromes. We’re going to address what some of these potential vertigo causes are and how you can find relief.
If you have been dealing with recurring vertigo for a number of years, you may feel frustrated and hopeless. Maybe you have even given into the notion that vertigo is just a normal part of the aging process. However, you shouldn’t have to live each day uncertain about whether things will start to spin. We want to help you find the natural relief you’ve been searching for so that you can feel empowered and energized, and free to pursue your secular and social life as you please.
Vertigo Diseases – What Are the Vertigo Symptoms and Causes
The various conditions that can cause vertigo would be tough to tell apart if vertigo was the only symptom. However, there are many accompanying symptoms that can make it easier to discover the underlying cause of vertigo. Here are a few possibilities.
- Positional Vertigo – Does vertigo start when you move your head in a certain way? Maybe it is when you turn to the side too quickly or when you bend over. These are indicators of positional vertigo, which just means that your vertigo is related to the position of your head. For some patients, this is due to tiny crystals in the inner ear that become dislodged from the appropriate canal. For most positional vertigo patients, however, the underlying cause is never discovered. Later in our article, we will look at how the neck may relate to this and other vertigo causes.
- Vestibular Neuritis and Labyrinthitis – Don’t get these two conditions confused as the same thing. We’ve only lumped them together because they have similar causes. Labyrinthitis refers to inflammation of the inner ear whereas vestibular neuritis refers to inflammation of the vestibular nerve which transmits signals from the ear to the brain. The short version is that both of these conditions usually occur following a virus such as a cold or flu. Within a week or two after the resolution of the virus, things should return to normal.
- Meniere’s Disease – While this vestibular condition is rather uncommon as far as the medical community is concerned (0.2% of the population), there are still hundreds of thousands of sufferers in the US alone. Meniere’s disease is easily identifiable by the severe bouts of vertigo and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) accompanied by partial hearing loss in the affected ear (less commonly, both ears may be affected). Meniere’s is often compared to endolymphatic hydrops, a condition in which the ear fills up with fluid. However, these two are not synonymous, and Meniere’s disease is a syndrome that requires more care than just reducing fluid in the body through medication and diet (which is the most common vertigo treatment for Meniere’s patients).
While these are just a few of the many conditions that can cause vertigo, you get the idea. They are many and varied in the symptoms they present with, the severity of the condition, how often they recur, and whether or not the underlying cause is understood.
So what can you do if you are battling vertigo on a regular basis? We promised you hope at the beginning of our article, and that hope comes in the form of a chiropractic subspecialty that has already helped many hundreds of vertigo patients in case studies.
Natural Help for Vertigo Is Real
Before you write the idea of natural vertigo relief off as being too good to be true, consider some of the case studies that have shown patients find real relief when an upper cervical misalignment is corrected. In one study of 60 patients, 80% saw an end to vertigo and the other 20% saw a significant decrease in severity. In a study involving 300 patients, there was a 97% success rate and an average of 90% reduction in vertigo severity per patient.
The patients in these studies all had something in common besides vertigo. They were all suffering from upper cervical misalignments. The upper cervical spine is the top two bones in the neck. These bones provide much of the range of motion of the head but they are subject to misalignment as a result. They protect the brainstem, facilitate blood flow to the brain, and are in proximity to the ears. Thus, many of the conditions noted above can be adversely affected by adding an upper cervical misalignment to the mix. For example:
- Meniere’s disease seems to occur about 10-15 years after neck injuries according to one researcher. This has led to studies considering whether cervical misalignments may be the real cause of Meniere’s thanks to affecting proper Eustachian tube function.
- While most cases of positional vertigo are idiopathic (no known cause), the success rate of upper cervical chiropractic makes a case for the cause being in the neck.
- Even conditions related to excess fluid in the ear that can lead to inflammation may occur less frequently if the Eustachian tubes are functioning properly.
It just makes sense that patients suffering from vertigo see an upper cervical practitioner, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma. To learn more about the benefits of this safe and gentle form of chiropractic, contact an upper cervical practitioner in your area to schedule a no-obligation consultation.
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