Chiropractic Care Could Be the Cure for Your Dizzy Spells

Dizziness is a blanket term for a wide variety of strange sensations a person may begin feeling for different reasons. Symptoms associated with dizziness include perceptions of the room spinning around oneself, imbalanced coordination when moving, or sometimes just a sensation of lightheadedness that carries the threat that fainting may occur at any moment. Vertigo is a more intense form of dizziness that combines perceptions of spinning with a feeling of nausea. 

Vertigo is divided by medical science into two classifications, known as central vertigo and peripheral vertigo. Central vertigo is the type that indicates a source in the brain as the cause of the problem. This can be caused by different disorders with the two most common being a tumor or nerve damage from a lesion. Peripheral vertigo, on the other hand, points towards a problem with the tiny organs inside the inner ear. Diseases that affect the inner ear and subsequently one’s sense of balance are paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease, labyrinthitis, and migraine-associated vertigo. 

The most common form of vertigo is BPPV which affects 64 out of every 100,000 people. BPPV is caused by the development of tiny rocks in the fluid filled canals of the inner ear, called canaliths. The presence of these little grains scrambles the sensory information that passes through the fluids of the inner ear, and causes the sensation of spinning. 

Nerve cells in the brain stem, specifically in a region called the cerebellum, can also be responsible for feelings of dizziness because it is this area of the brain which is responsible for balance and coordinated movement. Modern lifestyles that promote a lot of sitting and therefore poor posture may be responsible for nerve damage to these areas.

One final cause of dizziness that doesn’t quite fit into the two major divisions of vertigo is called cervicogenic vertigo. This sort of dizziness is caused by damage to the nerves, ligaments, and bones of the neck. Muscle spasms and restricted motion of the neck can also bring this condition about. 

For patients who cannot see a chiropractor immediately there are several options for self-care. First it is a good idea to avoid making any head movements that start the sensation of dizziness. By making sure the head is propped up while lying flat on the back, the risk of vertigo is decreased. If things become intense, fixing the eyes on a stationary object can help.

Chiropractic therapy has many techniques available for curing dizziness, which aim to improve the functioning of nerve cells.

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