Vertigo is the abnormal sensation that you are spinning or your world is spinning. Vertigo can result in difficulties walking, moving, and performing activities of daily life. There are three main diagnoses that are often the cause of reoccurring dizziness and vertigo. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV is an inner-ear disorder resulting in short-term dizziness when the head is moved. Meniere's disease involves experiencing vertigo, ringing in the ears, and hearing loss that usually starts in one ear. Labyrinthitis is inflammation of the inner ear that is often caused by a viral infection and can cause vertigo and dizziness.
Vertigo can significantly impact an individual's quality of life by decreasing their ability to move, think, and function normally. There are a variety of surgical and drug treatment options available to people who experience vertigo on a regular basis. Assessment by a medical doctor would be necessary to explore those options.
Some individuals struggling with vertigo may wish to seek out more conservative methods before exploring surgical and drug options. It is always a good idea to abstain from any substance that may be causing your vertigo or making it worse; this includes alcohol. A healthy diet and adequate water intake will promote general health and may be a solution that will help vertigo symptoms. Vitamin D is critical to the body and may also help vertigo symptoms, daily sun exposure for 15-20 minutes can promote healthier levels of vitamin D. Gingko Biloba extract may also help vertigo symptoms when supplemented in the diet. Stress management is critical to overall health and could help those who suffer from vertigo and dizziness. Lastly, there are several positional maneuvers (Epley's, Brandt Daroff, and Semont-Toupet) that could possibly help to eliminate on-coming vertigo symptoms.
If you have tried all of the above but are still experiencing vertigo regularly there is still hope. Upper cervical chiropractic care is not a treatment for vertigo but could be the answer to your dizziness.
Chiropractic researcher Dr. Erin Elster authored a paper (1) that discussed the clinical results of vertigo patients under upper cervical care. These patients had been previously diagnosed with conditions such as BPPV, Meniere's, and labyrinthitis by their medical physician. Out of 60 patients with vertigo under upper cervical care, all 60 reported improvements in their symptoms after 1-6 months of care. 48 out of 60 cases experienced a complete resolution of their vertigo while the 12 remaining reported a decrease in the severity and frequency of their vertigo episodes.
Chiropractic researcher Dr. Michael T. Burcon authored a paper (2) about 300 cases with Meniere's Disease and their response to upper cervical care. His findings were that 97% of those cases reported a dramatic decrease in their vertigo symptoms. Vertigo intensity was rated by each patient on a scale of 0 to 10. The average was 8.5 out of 10 at the beginning of care and decreased to 3 out of 10 on average after six weeks of care. Dr. Burcon tracked some patients in this study up to six years and recorded better than 90% improvement on average for the patients remaining under periodic care for that duration.
There are around 8 other case studies and numerous commentaries in the chiropractic literature that discuss vertigo. It is not necessary to review those at this time; however, it is evident that upper cervical chiropractic care provides a great potential resource for people wishing to decrease and possibly eliminate their vertigo and dizzy spells.
If you would like find out if you are a candidate for this scientific, corrective spinal care, call 843-399-0182 and ask to schedule a consultation.
1. Elster, EL. Sixty patients with chronic vertigo undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxation: a retrospective analysis. J Vert Sublux Res: 2006(2006:NOV:8): Online access only 9 p. https://erinelster.com/files/vertigo.pdf
2. Burcon, MT. Health outcomes following cervical specific protocol in 300 patients with Meniere's followed over six years. J Upper Cervical Chiropr Res: Spring 2016(2016:2): Online access only p 13-23.
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