Vertigo is a condition that falls under the category of vestibular disorders. The vestibular system is responsible for controlling your body's sense of balance and includes parts of the brain and inner ear. Some of the most common vertigo-causing vestibular disorders are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's disease, and labyrinthitis.
When someone is experiencing vertigo attacks, for whatever reason, there are several avenues they can take to find some relief:
Dietary changes – The most commonly recommended change is limiting salt intake, which can help reduce the fluid volume and pressure in the inner ear.
Diuretics – These can help some people control vertigo by reducing the body's ability to retain fluids.
Medications – Several prescription medications are used to try and reduce dizziness and attempt to shorten the attack.
Injections – Antibiotic injections are sometimes administered into the middle ear to help control vertigo.
Upper cervical chiropractic – Addressing misalignments of the uppermost vertebrae in the neck can help to restore normal brain-body communication, which can lead to a lasting solution to vertigo.
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More About Vertigo and Your Spine
The upper cervical spine consists of the atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae. These two small bones are responsible for the majority of the movement of the head and because of that mobility, can be especially prone to misaligning. When this misalignment occurs, it can put pressure on the brainstem and can also affect parts of the inner ear that are in close proximity. This can cause a disruption in vestibular function – the body is not able to properly maintain its balance possibly leading to debilitating vertigo attacks.
At Aligned Care Chiropractic, we help vertigo sufferers using upper cervical chiropractic, which seeks to restore normal alignment to the atlas and axis. When these two vertebrae are normally positioned, the signals that are constantly traveling between the brain and parts of the body that help maintain balance can be communicated properly. This may lead to a reduction in the severity and/or frequency of vertigo attacks and help vertigo sufferers to get their lives back to normal.