Vertigo can stop you dead in your tracks. And since most summers are filled with some sort of travel plans, it is important to stop your vertigo from stopping you! This is why I wanted to share how chiropractic can help alleviate vertigo symptoms:
First off, let's briefly go over what can cause vertigo and its symptoms:
Injury to the balance centers of the central nervous system
- Lesion of the cerebellum or lesion of the brainstem
- Infarction: the obstruction of the blood supply to an organ
- Chiari Malformation
- Problems in the inner ear
- Benign Proxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Meniere’s Disease
- Inner ear Infection (labrynthitis)
The most common cause of vertigo is BPPV which is caused by the dislodging of a calcium carbonate crystal in the inner ear. The crystal moves to acceleration centers in the inner ears. This gives the brain the sensation that you are accelerating even though you are holding still. The treatment is simply to move the crystal out of the inner ear. However, this is more easily said than done.
Your inner ear has 3 semicircular canals. Each one feels a different sensation, so depending on which canal the crystal is in, treatment should be different. Your chiropractor can detect which side and which canal the crystal is in, it can then be dislodged. The procedure is completely dependent of the side affected and the canal affected. It can take a few procedures. If you or anyone you know is suffering from vertigo please have them contact our office.