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Help for Dizziness with Chiropractic

By Debra Rodzinak

Vertigo is a type of dizziness that leaves sufferers with a sensation of spinning, often from a problem with the inner ear or nerve issues.  For certain types of vertigo, chiropractic treatments can bring relief.

Chiropractic and Vertigo

Since chiropractic targets the joints and muscles of the body, if those joints are located in the upper neck, misinformation sent to the brain dealing with the position of the body can lead to dizziness.  Cervicogenic vertigo is the type of vertigo that is due to joint issues.  Chiropractic treatments are found to help with this particular type of vertigo.  According to the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, patients found a 90 percent success rate with chiropractic.

The Inner Ear

The body’s ability to balance is controlled by the inner ear.  This intricate system of tubes that are filled with tiny hair-like sensors sends information to the nervous system pertaining to movement and the body’s position.  If debris accumulates in this part of the inner ear, vertigo can result.  Skilled chiropractors can assist patients with particular treatments to reposition the debris to allow the sensitive hairs in the inner ear to basically ignore the debris and bring the body back to normal balance.

Exercises for Vertigo

Along with chiropractic treatment, a knowledgeable chiropractor may advise specific exercises for the vestibulocochlear system where the inner ear is located.  By simply sitting down in a comfortable position, flop the head to one side for one minute, then to the other side for one minute.  This type of movement has been proven to help with vertigo.  In addition to this simple exercise, tai chi may also help with balance issues.

Items to Avoid

In addition to proactive measures to deal with vertigo, there are some items one should avoid.  Alcohol and tobacco can exacerbate the feeling of dizziness and leave a patient feeling worse than just dealing with the issues of vertigo.  Diet can also play a factor to triggers of vertigo.  Certain over-the counter drugs that contain antihistamines or sleep aids can increase the feeling of dizziness.

If you are suffering from feeling dizzy, drop by The Joint Chiropractic for a consultation with one of our expert chiropractors.  With no pesky insurance forms to fill out or appointment times to remember, finding relief from your vertigo is quick and stress-free.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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