How Chiropractic can help with Vertigo

Dizziness is one those problems that many people face.  Maybe you skipped breakfast, or maybe the social, emotional or occupational stresses of daily life occasionally hit you hard.  Either way, cases of vertigo, dizziness and balance issues are now becoming even more common. So, what’s the reason for vertigo, and how can you treat it?

Vertigo and the vestibular system

The vestibular system (VS) is part of your inner ear and acts as the body’s compass by dealing with proprioceptive information using different loops filled with fluid.  These loops are able to detect the speed, plane, and angle of various movements of the body by stimulating their small hair cells with fluid, which allows the brain to figure out your orientation.   All the proprioceptive information travels within a split second and subsequently coordinates with the feedback coming through your vision and joints. All of these together make sure that your body alignment and positioning is regulated and maintained in any given situation.

What happens if the vestibular system doesn’t work properly?

The consequences can be very impactful and may have a huge effect on the quality of life as well as the body’s overall function. Vertigo and dizziness occur due to many different causes. These range from alignment issues with the spinal cord to other peripheral issues like infections and or trauma to different parts of the VS.  Blood pressure problems or the dislodgement of crystals in the inner ear can also affect your VS. The most common cause of vertigo is Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV). This is a condition involving minut calcium crystals within the inner ear getting dislodged, which allows them to float freely in your inner ear fluid to activate the inner hair cells.  This often causes dizziness when you turn your head in a specific direction, you lie down, get up quickly or spin around.

How can a chiropractor help?

Your chiropractor will be able to explain the many different causes of VS, helping you to understand the nature of your case, its symptoms and its severity.  In the case where chiropractic is not an appropriate treatment solution, they will refer you to other health professionals for further assessment. Chiropractors use specific diagnostic and therapeutic tests and examinations to assess whether or not chiropractic care is an appropriate treatment for your VS.  The main ones for vertigo are the Dix Hallpike and the Epley’s maneuver. Some chiropractors can explain exactly how these treatments deal with your VS or they will refer you to for a proper therapist. Chiropractors can also recommend at-home treatments for vertigo. Such as wearing a soft collar, helping to ensure that repositioning doesn’t recur.  Your chiropractor can also discuss with you some lifestyle choices that often exacerbate causative factors linked with your vertigo. Many chiropractors recommend reducing caffeine and salt intake. This is because food and drinks containing high concentrations of these can increase the risk of crystal formation in the inner ear further impacting your vertigo.  For more information on how to get relief from your BPPV and vertigo, come visit here at Monroe Chiropractic and massage or call your local chiropractor today!

Jose Zaragoza