Vertigo is a very frightening experience. All of a sudden, it feels like things are spinning. Or maybe the person feels like they are spinning. Either way, it is a disturbing feeling that can happen once or repeatedly. What causes vertigo to happen?
Inner ear problems are most likely the cause. Things such as an infection, Meniere’s disease, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can be to blame. Less common causes are migraines or head trauma.
Before treatment can begin, it is important to find the cause of the attack. If it is determined that benign paroxysmal vertigo is the problem, a person may be referred to a physical therapist. They will go through a variety of exercises to try to move the particles of the ear to a more normal position. Some patients with vertigo are given medication to alleviate the problem. Drugs such as calcium channel blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, and beta-blockers are often prescribed. These may help patients find relief, but they do not address the underlying cause, and many times the vertigo returns.
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Upper cervical chiropractors can offer some help in this area. We use the latest advances in technology to help determine where the problem may be coming from. Often, it is a misalignment in the upper neck area. If a misalignment is found here, it may be placing undue pressure on the brainstem. The brainstem is part of the central nervous system that is vital when it comes to relaying messages to and from the brain. If the nervous system and the brainstem are not functioning properly due to a misalignment, the end result can be vertigo.
Once a misalignment is found, an adjustment is given to the precise area required. After this, the brainstem and central nervous system can begin to work properly once again, and healing can take place. It is possible that vertigo symptoms will decrease or even go away completely.
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