Vertigo is a false sensation of movement which is caused by a number of conditions that affect either the ears, the central nervous system, or both. While many of these conditions have treatments that involve medications that are riddled with side effects or even invasive surgeries that could result in permanent hearing damage, more and more people are opting for natural alternatives. We want to share with you some tips for getting your vertigo under control naturally. We will conclude with a safe and gentle therapy that has resulted in significant relief for hundreds of patients in case studies.
Diet and Nutrition Tips for Vertigo Patients
If you suffer from chronic and recurrent cases of vertigo, there can be a couple of dietary options available to you depending on which vertigo disease is causing the issue. Here are some choices you may make along with the assistance of a healthcare professional.
- Low salt – Especially if you are suffering from Meniere’s disease, this diet (which helps to reduce fluid retention in the body) may help. Just be sure to drink plenty of water since you won’t have the sodium to help you retain fluids.
- Low sugar – Sugar causes inflammation in the body and may also increase fluid levels. As a result, less sugar may mean less frequent vertigo.
- Reduced caffeine – There are some preliminary connections between caffeine intake and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Since tinnitus and vertigo are symptoms that often occur together, you may want to limit your caffeine intake.
- Cut out artificial sweeteners – It seems that the only things worse for you than sugar are the artificial substitutes that man has come up with. These produce lots of fluid in the body and may make vertigo worse.
- Cut out anything you are allergic or sensitive too – The fastest way to increase fluid levels and inflammation in the body is to eat or drink something that your body views as an invader. You may need to try an exclusion diet to find out what products cause a reaction for you. Then, avoid them.
Habits that May Contribute to Vertigo
You may also be able to reduce the frequency and severity of vertigo by making a few lifestyle adjustments. Here are some common habits that increase the likelihood of experiencing vertigo.
- Tobacco usage – Whether you smoke it or chew it, tobacco is going to make your blood vessels constrict. Constricted blood vessels mean less blood flow to the ears and brain. In other words, all of the parts of the body connected to vertigo are negatively affected by tobacco use.
- Alcohol abuse – Alcohol dries a person out. While that may seem like a good thing, especially if you are trying to reduce fluid retention in the body, this isn’t the way to do it. Some patients have found that drinking alcohol significantly increases symptoms.
- Poor posture – A hunched position is bad on the neck, and anything that is bad on the neck is going to increase vertigo. The neck influences both blood flow to the brain and ears as well as how well fluid can drain away from the ears.
- Smartphone addiction – Along with poor posture, smartphone addiction can really hurt the neck. While the spine can easily balance the 10-12 pounds of the human head, leaning forward to look at your phone over and over throughout the day can increase the pressure to 60 pounds.
How Stress May Affect Vertigo
Stress is another factor to consider if you deal with recurring vertigo since many patients consider it to be their number one trigger. Don’t make the mistake of giving into some of the habits noted above to try and deal with your stress as they will only make vertigo worse. Instead, focus on positive stress relievers such as talking about your concerns with a loved one or a professional, taking part in a relaxing hobby, getting regular exercise, and going for a therapeutic massage.
Up to this point, all of the remedies we have considered are things you can do at home to reduce the frequency of vertigo. However, there is definitely one therapy you should try due to the overwhelming success it has had, and that is upper cervical chiropractic care.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo
As we have mentioned already in our article, there is a definitive connection between the neck and vertigo. In fact, many cases of recurrent vertigo begin in the wake of concussions or whiplash-type injuries that can lead to upper cervical misalignments. It is no wonder then that in one case study involving 60 patients with vertigo who also had upper cervical misalignments, all the patients received significant benefits and 80% became vertigo-free.
Upper cervical chiropractic care is very precise and involves the use of a number of diagnostic imaging techniques to calculate the adjustment. As a result, the corrections are very gentle and safe. There is no twisting or popping of the neck. This also allows adjustments to be long-lasting. The gentle nature of the corrections keeps your body from fighting it. As the soft tissue of the neck heals, your adjustments will last longer and longer, making this a real money saver when it comes to medical care.
If you are tired of being in the grip of recurrent bouts of vertigo, contact an upper cervical chiropractor near you. You may discover that the underlying cause of your problem was an easily correctable misalignment.