Treatment for vertigo & dizziness
Vertigo is a condition where sufferers experience spinning, dizziness and disorientation; learn more about treatment for vertigo and dizziness.
what is vertigo?
why does it happen – dizziness & vertigo symptoms?
Due to the throbbing and pulsing pressure felt in the head, early medical researchers believed this was due to high blood pressure or other vascular (blood flow) problems, thus prescribing medications to treat the blood vessels and block the pain signals. This can have a short-term effect on the symptoms but does not help long-term or to prevent migraines. Many taking medication for long periods experience more intense migraines as the real cause isn’t addressed.
dizziness & vertigo causes?
Epley’s manoeuvre is the first choice of treatment and can be performed by a medical doctor. If Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) persists it is best to seek a Chiropractor trained in Upper Cervical Specific care.
The signs of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo may include dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance, nausea and vomiting.
HOME REMEDIES FOR VERTIGO
A common treatment to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the home Epley Maneuver. The Epley Maneuver is a series of movements designed by Dr John Epley to dislodge the crystals from the semicircular canals. Though it was originally designed to be performed by a healthcare professional, the home Epley Maneuver is one of the home remedies that you can easily perform in your own comfort to treat your vertigo symptoms.
If you’re experiencing problems with your right ear, you can begin by sitting up on a bed. Angle your head 45 degrees to the right and quickly lie back. With your shoulders on your pillow, wait 30 seconds. Subsequently, turn your head 45 degrees towards the left from your neutral position, wait for 3o seconds before sitting up on the left side.
If you experience discomfort in your left year, repeat the previous steps in the reverse direction, beginning with your head angled 45 degrees to the left.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is a treatment for those diagnosed with vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) dizziness, imbalance and migraines.
This form of therapy is often engaged to target both primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular issues. Using exercise and movements in order to target symptoms of vertigo and dizziness, such as imbalance and increased risk of falls.
Triggers for vertigo and dizziness
For many cases of vertigo there is a physical trigger. This could be a fall, whiplash, injury, car accident or other insult to the neck or head. This damages the nerves in the upper neck making them more susceptible to producing symptoms, including vertigo. Once there has been this injury, there can be triggers, such as:
Stress –vertigo attacks can follow times of higher stress. In these instances the brain works hard on the stressful event and vertigo can result.
Specific head movements – moving the head in certain ways can pinch the nerve in the neck which control balance, triggering a vertigo attack. This can also happen after injuries to the neck or head.
Medications – while these may not cause vertigo, they may trigger the pre-existing problem. This includes blood pressure medications and anti-depressants.
Alcohol consumption – this can worsen or affect the fluid composition in the inner ear.
Personal traits – women generally suffer vertigo more than men and there may be genetic tendencies.
dizziness & vertigo diagnosis?
For most Vertigo patients the first visit is to the GP and referral to an ENT (ear nose throat) Doctor. Tests may include CT scans, MRI’s and balance tests. The ENT will first exclude serious problems, such as a tumour. If nothing is found the treatment options are fairly limited, with the only option being medications.
This may offer some temporary relief but wont correct the cause. Even for conditions such as Meniere’s disease the medication does not offer significant improvement for many cases, while the patients hearing continues to deteriorate.
Once serious diseases have been ruled out, there should be a thorough assessment of the upper neck, where the brain-stem and balance centres are located. Learn more about .
The focus must be on the brain stem and nerve system to fix the problem and give a long term solution.
Current dizziness and vertigo treatment
Where the vertigo and dizziness is chronic (long term) the treatment must assess and treat any underlying problems in the nerve system.
DIZZINESS AND VERTIGO exercises
However, if BPPV is not the cause, vertigo exercises won’t be useful and another approach is needed.
How can chiropractic help vertigo and dizziness?
If the dizziness is worsened by the position of the head this is particularly indicative of an Upper Cervical Subluxation. Upper Cervical Chiropractic care is particularly effective at helping dizziness as it specialises in the upper neck where the balance centres are located.
Chiropractic patients experience less dizziness and are able to return to normal activities, such as work and playing with their children.
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