What is Vertigo and Dizziness?
Vertigo is a condition where a person experiences a certain sensation especially when they stand fast, as they move or spin in a circular motion. It is characterised by loss of balance and the patient experiences a spinning sensation whether they are sitting or standing. Depending on the person and seriousness of the condition, this feeling might last for some minutes or hours. For those with the worst version of vertigo, this feeling might even last for several days. At times a person might have other symptoms such as sweating, nausea and vomiting.
Dizziness is almost like vertigo since it gives the same sensation but it might occur due to other deeper health issues. A person will experience light-headedness, wooziness or body weakness.
These conditions affect quite a number of people at least once in a lifetime and it can lower the quality of someone’s life.
The inner ear is responsible for a person’s balance and any infection of injury can affect its proper functioning leading to vertigo or dizziness. There are so many causes of vertigo and it is a condition common in people who have had head or neck trauma. As for dizziness, it can result from poor blood circulation to the head or neck, problems associated with the upper neck or inner ear injury. If the inner ear is not functioning well, then you can have issues with balance. If you try to move either your head or body the symptoms might become worse. Other causes are stroke, neurological diseases and tumours.
Apart from these main causes, a person might have vertigo without any major underlying health conditions.
How Chiropractic Can help Treat Vertigo
Vertigo is experienced by different people and the seriousness varies from individual to individual but it can be treated. The chiropractor has to thoroughly examine the patient because the type of treatment depends on the main cause of the condition. The main cause of this condition and dizziness is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This is a condition where small calcium carbonate crystals found in the inner ear just float freely and inappropriately in the ear’s fluid. The hair cells then become activated leading to dizziness especially when you move.
A Chiropractor will perform a neurological and physical examination on you then the type of treatment is chosen.
The treatment involves some repositioning manoeuvres such as Semont and Epley. An Ealing Chiropractor will help you move into some positions depending on the results of the diagnosis. The main aim of this procedure is to move the calcium carbonate crystals to the correct position using gravity. There are also some exercises to be performed at home and they are known as Vestibular Rehabilitation Exercises. This form of treatment is effective and works after three to four treatments. Chiropractic treatment is the best for vertigo because of the manoeuvres and home exercises.
It is also recommended that a person reduces the intake of chemicals, salt and caffeine so as to reduce the occurrence of vertigo and dizziness.
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