Often, the reason behind vertigo has to do with bacteria that causes inflammation and swelling of the vestibular nerve. This is called vestibular neuritis, also known as Labyrinthitis. The vestibular nerve is responsible for balance and for keeping your body in control. Therefore, when it is affected, it can lead to episodes of vertigo. These attacks can come on suddenly and can cause a single episode of vertigo that does not come back, a series of episodes, or a condition that can last from 3 to 6 weeks in duration.
What symptoms are associated with vestibular neuritis?
- A previous upper respiratory infection
Bacteria and Vertigo
How does the ear get infected with bacteria in the first place? This may happen more easily if a person has a cold or the flu, but this is not always the case. Here are a few theories:
- The herpes virus can cause an infection in the vestibular ganglion.
- The blood supply to the tissue of the ear may be restricted causing acute localized ischemia.
- The neuronal input between the ears may become imbalanced.
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help Vertigo
Upper cervical chiropractic can help vertigo patients due to the fact that a misalignment of just ¼ of a millimeter in the upper neck can lead to problems throughout the entire body, including vertigo. A misalignment here hinders communication between the brain and the body. It can also affect the nerves that connect to the ear causing them to relay improper signals about where the body is located. All of this is the perfect environment for vertigo to occur.
By using a gentle technique to produce long lasting corrections, the body can begin to heal itself using its own natural restorative properties. Once the top two bones of the neck are back in position, and the body begins functioning at its optimum once again, many patients report seeing the symptoms of vertigo decrease, and some see them dissipate entirely.
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