Vertigo has been defined as a spinning sensation of either the person experiencing it or the things surrounding him. It is the feeling of movement when there is no movement. Between 5 and 10% of the population suffers from vertigo. It is often linked to problems within the inner ear.
Vertigo is known for:
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
In extreme cases, vomiting and visual disturbances can be added to this list. Finding a way to cope with vertigo is under debate. Some feel that medications are the best way to handle the problem. However, most of these medicines are actually made for other health conditions, and they come along with unwanted side effects. Others feel that surgery is the best answer if vertigo has become severe. Neither of these options is entirely effective.
It is important to educate patients on what may trigger an episode of vertigo so that these can be avoided. Some new information may hold the key to triggers in some individuals. Smartphones and tablets are known for putting off a certain amount of vibrations. These ultrasonic vibrations can actually begin to affect the ears of those suffering from vertigo and may induce an attack. This is something patients must be aware of if they find themselves among a crowd of people with these electronic devices.
How Vertigo May Be Helped
Upper cervical chiropractors take a unique approach when helping vertigo patients cope with their condition. Rather than trying to alleviate symptoms, we look for the root cause. Often this is connected to a misalignment in the upper cervical spine. The top bone of the neck, called the atlas bone, is responsible for balancing the head and plays a vital role with regards to the ears. If the atlas has become misaligned, vertigo can be the end result. It has been shown in case studies that correcting an atlas misalignment is sometimes all that is needed to alleviate the symptoms of vertigo. Many see their vertigo improve greatly, while others see it go away completely.
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