Have you ever been standing still and all of a sudden felt as if the room was spinning or that you were spinning? If so, you have experienced vertigo. An attack of vertigo can come on suddenly and last a few minutes or as long as a few hours. Sometimes, you may deal with vertigo for days. If it is a severe vertigo attack, you may find yourself feeling nauseated or you may actually fall. This can have a significant impact on your life quality, particularly if vertigo is severe and happens often.
Be reassured that the majority of episodes of vertigo are not life-threatening. However, it can be linked to a more serious health condition, such as a stroke or a heart problem. For this reason, a study conducted over a 10-year period revealed vertigo to be one of prime reasons for people to visit the emergency room in the US.
If you seek care from your primary care physician, he or she may recommend medications like beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, or even tricyclic antidepressants. It is important to remember, however, these drugs are just covering over the symptoms of vertigo and not addressing the root cause.
What Is the Root Cause of Vertigo?
In many cases of vertigo, the underlying cause may be a misaligned bone in the top area of the neck. In particular, the C1 and C2 vertebrae are very susceptible to misaligning due to their shape and mobility. If you have been in a car accident, endured a sports injury, or even had a simple trip and fall, you may have a misalignment. It only takes a ¼ of a millimeter misalignment in the neck to cause problems with a number of body systems. In addition, your soft tissue, vertebral arteries, and the nerves can be negatively impacted.
We use a gentle method to encourage these bones to move back into place without having to resort to popping or cracking the spine or neck. This often restores communication and resolves, or the very least eases, the symptoms of vertigo.
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