If you are tired of conventional ways to get vertigo relief that promise the world and then just stick you with a big bill and a ton of side effects, you are far from alone. This is one of the most common health ailments that people over 40 have to contend with, and it affects a lot of younger people as well.
Vertigo can be tough to care for properly because most people never even find out the underlying cause of the problem. There are dozens of conditions that can lead to vertigo, some of which stem from the ears and others that are related to the central nervous system (CNS).
With all of these factors in play, where can you turn to for relief? We are going to look at three categories of natural vertigo care. In the last section, we will address upper cervical chiropractic, a natural therapy that has helped many vertigo patients in case studies.
Stress Management for Vertigo Relief
Regardless of the underlying cause of your vertigo, the number one vertigo trigger is stress. That means learning to manage your stress properly can be one of the best ways to reduce how often vertigo occurs. Does it correct the underlying problem? No. However, avoiding triggers can mean fewer bouts of vertigo, which can make the condition more manageable while you are searching for the underlying cause and a way to relieve it.
Here are a few tips for managing your stress levels:
- Positive meditation – This is more than just clearing all thoughts from your mind. Positive meditation involves focusing your thoughts on good and positive events and feelings. Think about the good relationships that you have, your accomplishments, and envision yourself reaching your present and future goals. You may find that, at first, it is difficult to maintain positive thoughts for very long. Do not get discouraged. Try to increase the length of your sessions each day until you can spend about half an hour per day focusing on positive thoughts and feelings.
- Regular exercise – exercise produces hormones in the body that combat stress hormones. A regular exercise program can be the best way to keep stress in check, and it has many other health benefits to boot.
- Recreation – Take up a relaxing hobby. Be sure to get plenty of rest at night. When you need a break, take one. There is rarely anything so pressing that you can’t take 5-10 minutes to go for a walk or do some stretching. Be sure to take an occasional vacation and try not to spend it glued to working remotely. Getting a massage can also be good for relaxation.
- Deep breathing – Breathing exercises can be used to help you focus your mind. This is a great way to cope with stress when you are not really sure of the source of the problem.
Lifestyle Adjustments for Vertigo Relief
Many lifestyle changes that are related to vertigo relief are just ways of reducing some of the other common triggers. Once again, that means that these are not a vertigo cure, but they may be able to reduce the frequency and severity of bouts.
- Hydrate properly – Vertigo can be an early dehydration symptom. Drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water is a must.
- Reduce alcohol consumption – Alcohol dries out the body, so you are working against proper hydration. Occasional drinks may not affect vertigo, especially if you drink extra water, but overindulgence is almost sure to cause an episode.
- Stop smoking – If you needed one more reason, this is it. Smoking affects both blood flow and the immune system. Either way, more vertigo episodes can be the result.
- Eat regularly – Maintain a regular schedule for meals so your blood sugar doesn’t drop. You may find that eating less but more frequently helps.
- Moderate caffeine usage – A little bit of caffeine can actually be good for blood flow, but too much can dry you out and make vertigo worse.
These are a few lifestyle changes that may be able to help with your symptoms.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Vertigo Relief
Vertigo is often diagnosed as idiopathic, meaning that the doctor can’t find out why it is happening again and again. One of the most overlooked underlying causes of vertigo is an upper cervical misalignment. There are plenty of cases study that reveal when an upper cervical misalignment exists alongside vertigo that correcting this subluxation can help. Therefore, we encourage all vertigo patients, especially if you don’t know the underlying cause, to seek upper cervical chiropractic care.
An upper cervical misalignment can also be the source of many vertigo causes. For example, upper cervical misalignments have been linked to migraine occurrence, and 40% of migraineurs get vertigo as a symptom. There are also hundreds of patients with Meniere’s disease who saw significant reductions in vertigo severity after misalignments in the top two bones of the neck were corrected.
Upper cervical misalignments are common, especially for persons with a history of head or neck trauma. So if you have ever been in a car accident, suffered a sports injury, or have any other reason to believe that you may have a misalignment, contact a practitioner in your area today. You can use the search feature on this site to locate our preferred doctors across the country and even around the world.