Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), or the sudden feeling that either you are spinning or the world around you is spinning, is one of the most common causes of vertigo. These episodes can range anywhere from brief, mild episodes, to extreme dizziness.
A person suffering with BPPV may experience the following signs and symptoms1:
- The sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving
- Loss of balance
- Blurred vision
The triggers of an episode of BPPV can, of course, vary from person to person. However, they are almost always connected to a change of position of the head. The vestibular system, which aids in balance and spatial orientation, is comprised of parts of the inner ear and fluid-filled canals. When dysfunction is present in the vestibular system, incorrect information is sent along to the brain regarding movement and body position. The end result of this miscommunication is the sensation of vertigo.2
There seems to be a 50/50 chance that most medical doctors are able find a specific cause of BPPV. When a cause is able to be determined, it is typically associated with a head injury – either minor or severe.3 Unlike most medical doctors, upper cervical chiropractors have long been working to correct the underlying cause of BPPV and other conditions that present with dizziness and vertigo.
In McKinney, Texas, vertigo expert Dr. Terry Crowder uses a highly specialized method of analysis to reveal misalignments in the upper cervical spine. The uppermost two bones in the neck have the important job of protecting the brainstem itself, which plays a significant role in the body’s ability to sense its position in space.
In many cases, a misalignment, or what chiropractors refer to as a subluxation, in the upper cervical area is found to be the underlying cause of BPPV. In a 2006 study of 60 patients who suffered from vertigo, 100% of them either reported being either improved or completely symptom-free following upper cervical chiropractic care. In this study, after only one month of care, 37-year vertigo sufferer was completely symptom free!4 The only way to know if an upper cervical subluxation is the cause of your BPPV or other vertigo condition is to have an analysis done by an upper cervical chiropractor. That way, the cause can be corrected and you can get back to living a vertigo-free life.
- Mayo Clinic. Dizziness symptoms – Mayo Clinic. [homepage on the Internet]. 2012 [cited 2015 May 1]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dizziness/basics/symptoms/con-20023004
- Vestibular Disorders Association. Causes of dizziness | Vestibular Disorders Association. [homepage on the Internet]. 2015 [cited 2015 May 1]. Available from: http://vestibular.org/node/2
- Mayo Clinic. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) causes – Mayo Clinic. [homepage on the Internet]. 2012 [cited 2015 May 1]. Available from: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vertigo/basics/causes/con-20028216
- Elster E, Sixty patients with chronic vertigo undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxation: A retrospective analysis. J Vert Sublux Res 2006; Nov:1-9.
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