What Causes Vertigo? Ask a Singapore Chiropractor

What Causes Vertigo?

Life in Singapore is hard enough. The last thing you need is a debilitating condition that makes you feel is the world is orbiting around you. No one wants to wake up one morning and find that they feel so dizzy and disoriented that they lose their balance.

Vertigo gives you the impression that the world is orbiting around you or that you’re spinning around. Vertigo is a reeling sensation. It’s a series of dizzy spells that make you feel that you’re suddenly going to fall.

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So, What Exactly is the Cause of Vertigo?

Vertigo is a symptom, occurring as a result of an underlying illness in the body. The dizzy spells and disorientation are the body’s way of signalling that something has gone wrong. Below are some common causes of vertigo:

a. Problems in the inner ear

When there are problems in the inner ear, vertigo can arise. This is because the body depends on the inner ear for balance. A few examples of inner ear diseases are Meniere’s disease, Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis.

Meniere’s disease is characterized by the fluid build-up and fluctuating pressure in the inner ear. Not only does it cause vertigo, but it can also cause loss of hearing and ringing ears!

Vestibular neuritis, on the other hand, is a viral disease that can lead to inner ear inflammation. When the tissues around the inner ear are inflamed, the patients can experience a sense of loss of balance.

b. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (also known as BPPV)

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is another common cause of loss of balance and dizziness. It is also associated with your inner ear. BPPV is used to describe the problems that arise when the canals in the inner ear are clustered with small-calcified particles. The obstruction makes it incredibly difficult for the inner ear to communicate clear instructions (about gravity) to the brain and the other parts of the body. The overall effect is the patient’s inability to maintain a sense of balance.

c. Persistent Headaches and Migraines

Throbbing, cluster headaches (also called migraines) can also cause all the symptoms of vertigo. Persistent head pains can affect the way the brain interprets signals. Problems in the head region inevitably lead to dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, sweating and all the other symptoms of vertigo.


d. Injuries to The Upper Neck

Vertigo can also be caused and worsened by injuries at the neck joints. When the C1 and C2 vertebrae (the two top bones in your neck) are not properly aligned, you can begin to experience a host of problems. This can originate from whiolash, car accidents or even a traumatic birth!

Vertigo is one of those conditions that can arise as a result of these injuries. Specific Upper Cervical Chiropractic care has proven to be the best option for people who suffer from this type of vertigo.

What else can cause Vertigo?

Other common causes of vertigo include:

  • Brain disorders egg. stroke or a tumor.
  • Prescriptions drugs that damage inner ear structures and tissues.
  • Absence of blood flow to the brain

The Best Time To Seek Chiropractic Care For Vertigo.

It is one thing to know the symptoms and causes of vertigo, and it is another to know when to seek HELP from Chiropractic care for vertigo. It’s time to seek Upper Cervical Chiropractic care if you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms and have a history of injuries to the head and/or neck.

  1. Difficulty Maintaining Balance

If you can no longer maintain your balance, don’t wait any further. The injuries in your upper neck might be affecting your nervous system. Nervous system dysfunction is often an aftermath of:

  1. Injuries to the neck
  2. Whiplash injury
  • Repetitious abnormal posture

Upper Cervical Chiropractors perform digital imaging tests and diagnostic thermography to ascertain if any dysfunction exists in the upper neck. If any problems are found, specific Chiropractic adjustments will be administered to set off the healing process in the body.

  1. Persistent, Cluster Headaches or Migraines

Migraines often cause or worsen cases of vertigo. So if you’ve been dealing with migraine headaches, please consider seeking Chiropractic care.

Why? Migraines often occur as a result of joint inflammation and muscle tension in the neck and back regions (often from the neck down to the middle of the back) putting pressure onto the nerve system which relays sensation, causing a migraine.

Chiropractic care will afford you the opportunity to get rid of those nagging migraines. What’s more, you’ll regain your balance and enjoy a restored nervous system function!

  1. Protracted Muscle and Joint Pain

You know it’s time to seek Chiropractic care if your vertigo is often accompanied by muscle and/or joint pain. Don’t assume that the pain and dizziness will fade away; if you have exhausted all of your own methods to solve this pain, then give us a call, we might have a long-term solution for you.

  1. Chronic Neck Pain

Bad postures and repetitive movements often cause neck pain. In addition, neck pain can cause headaches and vertigo. Seek Chiropractic care if you wince every time you turn your neck or go about your daily tasks. The Upper Cervical Chiropractor will assess the situation and determine what kind of interventions will help you feel better.


Read about How Vertigo is Diagnosed, here.

Final Thoughts

People function better when they have a healthy sense of balance. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of vertigo, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Consult an Upper Cervical Chiropractor in Singapore who is experienced in how to manage vertigo or manage dizziness.

Since 2013, Upper Cervical Chiropractor, DC. Shaan Rai helped patients achieve greater health, relocating to Singapore in 2016 and founding Vitality Chiropractic Centres. He has an impressive track record in providing relief and solutions for people who experience nerve system problems, such as headaches, migraines, dizziness, vertigo or neurological conditions.

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For a Complimentary, no-obligation call with the Chiropractor or to book a Consultation, call +65 8438 9550 or email help@vitalitychiropracticcentres.com to find out if we can help you at our Chiropractic Clinic in Singapore.


Written by

Shaan Rai (Chiropractic, Singapore)

Shaan (UK) is based in Singapore. He is a GCC registered Singapore Chiropractor, completing a 5 year course at AECC, attaining his Masters in Chiropractic. His career has been specialised in neurological cases, such as migraines and vertigo. He is the Chairman for Outreach and Charity for Alliance of Chiropractic (AoC) and is a founder of Vitality Chiropractic Singapore and the NeuroPro method, combining Upper Cervical techniques with Functional Neurology Rehab.

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