Is Vertigo the Same as Dizziness?

Is Vertigo the Same as Dizziness?

When it comes to getting a diagnoses, you need to make sure you’re telling the professional the right information. If you don’t know how to describe your symptoms, how are they supposed to help you quickly and effectively? This problem often arises when it comes to the distinction between vertigo and dizziness. It is not uncommon for people to mix the two terms and many individuals do not know what the definitive difference is.

Vertigo is no laughing matter either, so it is important to know when you’re suffering from vertigo and not light-headedness which is discussed later in this article. Vertigo can be caused from a range of problem and it is important to get checked out by an Earling chiropractor immediately if you think you’re suffering.

In this article, we will be going over the differences between vertigo and dizziness (also known as light-headedness). That way, you will have some frame of reference when you undecided about which problem you may have. If you’re still interested, continue to read the article.


So, what exactly is vertigo? Vertigo is a more serious version of simple dizziness because it can have underlying issues. Vertigo is the result of a conflict between a number of senses that govern your balance and orientation. These senses include the eyes, ears and nervous system. The result is you feeling like you’ve just spun on the spot. Your senses will fight against each other and will feed your brain the wrong information, making to feel disorientated.

It is often caused by ear infections and other illnesses. It can also be caused by migraines. Severe vertigo can be very dangerous and result in vomiting and nausea. This is why it is important if you notice any vertigo signs to visit a Ealing Chiropractor straight away.


This is the other side of the coin when it comes to dizziness. When you are light-headed you will also often have a cold or a minor infection. Light-headedness is nothing to worry about and normally just not require any professional help. It result from an excess amount of blood flowing towards the brain. When you get head rush, it is the same as being light-headed. It can often be experience when you stand up to quick and suddenly feel like sitting back down again.

So What Is The Definitive Difference?

Vertigo and light-headedness are two difference things to experience and one is more serious than the other, especially if it is experienced on more than one occasion. The main difference between vertigo and light-headedness is the movement of the environment. If the environment looks as if it is moving or turning, you will be experiencing vertigo. As I said previously, you will feel like you have just spun on the spot a few hundred times. Light-headedness does not result in the movement of the environment and leads to you feeling a little faint. So there, it’s as simple as that!

Final Words

Vertigo and light-headedness as two experienced that people will often categorise as “dizziness” but it is important to get your distinctions correct. It will greatly help your GP or Earling Chiropractor when you’re explaining the problems you’re having. It will help them to diagnose the issue and help you quicker. If you’re suffering from vertigo and need assistance, please call to arrange an appointment on 020 8566 3757 now.