As upper cervical chiropractors in Monmouth, NJ, we can say that vertigo is one of the hardest symptoms to endure. Vertigo is a form of dizziness, but it is not the same thing as lightheadedness. An accurate description for it is a false feeling of movement or spinning. You may feel that either you or your environment is rotating.
What Causes Vertigo?
Vertigo can stem from two things: a problem in the brain or an issue in the inner ear. Some of the conditions that we can associate with vertigo are the following:
- Inner ear inflammation due to a bacterial or viral infection
- Meniere’s disease
- Reduced blood flow to the base of the brain
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Head and neck trauma
How Do You Know if You Have Vertigo?
You most likely have vertigo if you experience most of these common vertigo symptoms:
- A feeling of disorientation or motion sickness
- Problems walking
- Nausea and vomiting
- Visual disturbances
- Hearing loss
- Difficulty speaking
- Decreased consciousness
- Tinnitus – a ringing sensation in the ears
- Nystagmus – abnormal eye movements
What Conditions Can Bring Vertigo?
Some of the common conditions that have vertigo as one of their main symptoms include:
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
This disorder is due to the migration of calcium crystals to the wrong area in the inner ear. These small crystals distort the body’s reaction to gravity when moving the head in a specific position.
Labyrinthitis or Vestibular Neuronitis
Both of these conditions stem from an infection or virus that inflames the inner ear or the vestibular nerve. They have an impact on the body’s sense of balance.
This one is due to an abnormal amount of fluid in the inner ear, causing pressure changes in the ear. Its main symptoms are hearing loss, fullness in the ear, tinnitus, and vertigo.
A benign tumor affects the balance and auditory nerves of the inner ear. It results in loss of balance, fluctuating hearing loss, and vertigo.
Natural Ways to Relieve Vertigo Symptoms
The Epley maneuver
If you have BPPV, this can help you move the dislodged crystals in your inner ear by doing specific head movements. You can refer to this video or do the following steps:
- Sit on the bed, then move your head 45 degrees in the direction of the affected ear.
- Lie down fast on a pillow turning the head to face upward.
- Wait for about 30 seconds until vertigo goes away.
- Turn your head 90 degrees and pause for another 30 seconds.
- Turn, so you’re facing the floor, then slowly sit up.
Looking for the horizon line
Sometimes it’s not the ears sending the false signals, but the eyes, like in seasick or carsick situations. This can occur when the ears are correctly perceiving movement, but the eyes are fixated on something motionless. For example, you may experience carsickness when you read a book while inside a moving car that is driving on winding streets. If this happens, find the horizon line and focus on it for a few minutes.
You can alter the message coming from the ear to help correct clashing signals. To do it, move your head in a rotating motion gradually in each direction. This can reset your brain the same way you restart your computer when it’s causing you trouble.
Holding onto something
Look for a steady and strong object to hold onto. This can help your brain get precise information to correct spatial confusion. In other words, you will be training the brain, which is both comforting and helpful to keep you from falling.
This has so many benefits, such as increasing the flow of blood going to the brain, alleviating your stress levels, and improving your vertigo symptoms and overall health.
Cervical vertigo stems from an injury or inflammation of the muscles around the neck. This may subject the nerves of the neck to stress. These nerves connect to the brain, and the tension from the inflammation can create incorrect information, communicating to the brain that the head is tilted more to one side that it actually is. Massaging the neck can provide some relief and help with vertigo.
Easing Vertigo Through Upper Cervical Chiropractic
Another cause of vertigo is a bone misalignment at the uppermost area of the spine. The C1 and C2 vertebrae support the weight of the skull and allow the head’s mobility. However, they are very prone to misaligning, which results in problems for the rest of the body.
If either the C1 or C2 vertebrae misalign, this can place pressure on the brainstem, leading to improper communication between the brain and the body. For example, the brainstem may tell the brain that the body is in motion when it is not, causing vertigo.
Here at Upper Cervical of Monmouth in Morganville, New Jersey, we have comprehensive knowledge of the connection between the neck bones and the brainstem. We employ upper cervical chiropractic to help with any misalignments in the neck. We use gentle and accurate adjustments to return the bones to proper alignment. Once the correction happens, the body’s tissues and muscles can recover, and restoration of proper signals between the brain and the body can follow. Many patients have reported an improvement in or an elimination of their vertigo following our unique approach. To learn more, call us at 732-617-9355 or fill out our contact form.