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Vertigo is the sensation that the world around you is spinning while you remain stationary. It is not to be confused with general dizziness where the world around you is stationary but you feel like you are the one spinning. Vertigo is often associated with nausea and vomiting, difficulty walking and unsteadiness leading to falls, and sometimes blurred vision or hearing loss.
There are several different causes of vertigo. The most common is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is the result of crystals in the inner ear entering the semicircular canals of the inner ear (an area where they should not be found). There they stimulate nerves that send information to the brain telling you that you are moving even though you are not. When treating BPPV, our goal is to realign the joints of your neck that are not moving properly and use the Epley Maneuver in office to move the offending crystals away from the nerves that they are stimulating. Home exercises called the Brandt-Daroff exercises are prescribed for daily performance as well. Sleeping at a 45 degree angle and avoiding bending and lifting will also help you avoid triggering a vertigo episode.
Other causes of vertigo include Meniere’s disease (a vestibular disorder), vestibular neuritis (a viral infection in the inner ear), and vestibular migraines. Vestibular migraines respond very well to chiropractic care as the spinal misalignments are corrected and the neck muscles associated with the migraines are treated.
If you suffer from debilitation associated with vertigo, give us a call right away! We can help you start getting relief today.