Yoga Asanas: A Possible Remedy for Vertigo?

Yoga Asanas, vertigo remedies

Dealing with vertigo episodes several times a day is not fun. That’s why sometimes, patients go to extreme lengths to find vertigo remedies that work for them. If you’re among these people, then you might have heard about Asanas or the practice of doing yoga poses. It has been gaining much traction in the holistic and natural healing niche, piquing the interest of so many patients looking for vertigo relief.

A Closer Look at Yoga Asanas

Asana in Sanskrit means pose or posture, but sometimes yogis refer to it as the steady and comfortable seating position for meditation. Essentially, yoga asanas help activate your nervous system and restore balance in your inner ear. That’s why it may come in handy in relieving vertigo episodes. 

Some of the usual yoga asanas that vertigo patients use include the following:

  • Shanmukhi Mudra – It helps relax the nerves and brain and manage anxiety, anger, or irritation. 
  • Salamba Sirasana – This yoga asana helps overcome problems with internal organs like the intestines, kidneys, liver, and reproductive organs. 
  • Nadi Shodhan Pranayama – It focuses on purifying the respiratory and circulatory systems. It also helps improve blood oxygen levels and your nervous system balance. 
  • Supta baddha konasana – If you would like to calm your nerves, manage stress, and loosen up your shoulder and ab muscles, this yoga asana may be a good option to try. 
  • Paschimottanasana – Having vertigo episodes can be pretty stressful. Thankfully, the Paschimottanasan pose can help by relieving irritability, anger, and anxiety. 
  • Halasana for vertigo – This pose aims to stimulate the thyroid gland and strengthen your neck, shoulders, and back muscles. 
  • Balasana – The Balasana pose is a famous yoga asana used to cope with dizziness. 
  • Shavasana – Sometimes, meditative rest is all you need to activate your body’s innate healing powers. With the Shavasana pose, you can significantly improve how you feel. 

Yoga Asanas: Do They Relieve Vertigo Attacks?

Notably, vertigo stems from a vestibular system problem. The spinning sensations occur because the brain receives mixed signals about your head’s motion or orientation. Sometimes, it happens because of displaced otoliths or calcium crystals (BPPV). Other times, it gets triggered because of an abnormal fluid buildup in the vestibular system (Meniere’s disease). 

Many cases of vertigo also result from the following:

  • Previous head or neck injury
  • Central nervous problems like a brain tumor or stroke
  • Migraine headaches
  • Taking certain types of medications
  • Vestibular neuronitis or labyrinthitis
  • Seizures 
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Vestibular migraines

Because of the many possible causes of a vertigo episode, finding suitable vertigo remedies to use can be extra challenging. One technique might work wonders for some patients but harm others. 

Take, for instance, BPPV patients and yoga asanas. Notably, BPPV episodes get triggered after tilting your head at a certain angle. If you have BPPV, we suggest asking your doctor if you can use yoga asanas as part of your usual routine. If you feel a bit dizzy, we recommend re-evaluating your approach or consider other options for vertigo care and relief, such as upper cervical care.

  Yoga Asanas, vertigo remedies

Tips for Patients Who Experience Vertigo Attacks

Surely enough, practicing yoga can help with balance problems. If you can do the poses correctly, they can provide immense benefits to your vestibular system and the rest of the body. Here are several practical tips you can follow to make the most out of your yoga sessions:

  • Use the wall for support

You want to minimize the risk of falling or losing your balance, especially during your first few sessions. This way, you can avoid having additional injuries. You can use the wall or chair for back support when doing the yoga asanas. 

  • Practice breathing exercises

Breathe slowly and relax your neck and jaw muscles to reduce your anxiety and stress levels. Focus on clearing your mind from negative thoughts and emotions. 

  • Never over-exert yourself

Be gentle to your body because healing doesn’t happen overnight. 

  • Practice makes perfect

It can be hard to master the different yoga poses for vertigo relief, but that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to learn them. Practice every and pay attention to what you must improve. 

  • Manage your stressors

If you get vertigo on a recurring basis, you may notice that certain things trigger an episode. One of the most common vertigo triggers is stress. This makes having a positive way to cope with stress an important form of self-care. We use the qualifier “positive” because many people do things like smoke and drink to deal with stress.

Unfortunately, both of these habits can make vertigo worse. Drinking too much can dehydrate you (we will discuss the importance of hydration in a moment), and smoking restricts blood flow in the body, which can affect the various system that controls balance and spatial orientation. What are some positive stress coping mechanisms you can try?

  • Talk to someone – Getting your feelings out, whether it be with a trusted friend or a professional therapist, can be a good way to deal with stress.
  • Take up a new hobby – Find something relaxing to do with your downtime such as taking up an art form, learning an instrument, or even reading novels in a hot bath.
  • Take a vacation – You have to know when to get away from it all. If work doesn’t let you leave for a week, schedule an occasional weekend away, or even a relaxing day trip.
  • Go to the spa – Getting a massage and taking a day to pamper yourself is a good way to let off some steam. Plus, some of the treatments may be good for your health.
  • Make sure that you're hydrated

The quickest way to get rid of vertigo may be to drink some more water. Vertigo is one of the earliest symptoms of dehydration, so it’s time to take a look at your habits and see if you are getting enough fluids. Remember that drinking a pot of coffee doesn’t count. Coffee and tea are diuretics, so they can actually end up dehydrating you more. Sugary drinks and beverages filled with artificial sweeteners are also bad for hydration. You may want to try an app that allows you to record when you drink a glass of water. See if you can keep up with drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day for an entire week.

  • Find a New Sleep Position and Pillow

Do you find that your vertigo is worst in the morning, or maybe you even wake up with the room spinning? The problem may be the way that you are sleeping or even the pillow that you are using. The neck plays a key role in the body because it facilitates blood flow to the brain and the cervical vertebrae are in close proximity to things like the brainstem and the ears. As a result, you need to take care of your neck while you sleep. Sleeping on your back or on your side are the best options.

Sleeping on your stomach results in having to keep your neck twisted all night so you can breathe. Remember to get a pillow that allows your neck to maintain its natural curvature. For back sleepers, this means using a slimmer or softer pillow. For side sleepers, you want your pillow to have a little more thickness to it or to be of a medium firmness.

  • See if Upper Cervical Chiropractic Is the Natural Solution for You

While all of the self-care measures you take at home can make a difference, if your vertigo is stemming from a misalignment of the atlas (top bone in the neck), then you will need to get the underlying problem taken care of in order to get complete relief.

In a number of case studies, upper cervical chiropractic has helped patients who were dealing with this specific type of misalignment. For example, in one study, 48 out of 60 patients were completely vertigo-free after upper cervical chiropractic. The other 12 patients in the study all saw significant benefits. In a larger study involving 300 patients with Meniere’s disease (a condition that causes severe vertigo), 97% of the patients benefited from having an atlas misalignment corrected (with an average of a 90% reduction in vertigo over the course of treatment).

If this sounds like a drug-free option that you are willing to try in order to break free from vertigo, we encourage you to find a practitioner of this chiropractic subspecialty in your local area. Upper cervical chiropractic is known for its focus on the atlas and for low force corrections that do not involve any popping or twisting of the spine.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic: One of the Best Vertigo Remedies

If you previously suffered a neck or head injury, we highly recommend getting your neck bones checked. Unknowingly, you might have cervical subluxations that might be the reason why you have recurring vertigo attacks. The sooner you get your cervical spine diagnosed with subluxation, the sooner you can start receiving adjustments. 

It’s high time to try a vertigo remedy that works! Call a nearby upper cervical doctor to schedule your consultation.

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