VERTIGO TREATMENT SINGAPORE
Do you often feel dizzy and disoriented like you’ve had a head injury, motion sickness, feeling like your head is spinning non-stop and can’t keep yourself balanced?
You may be experiencing vertigo. Our Chiropractor at Vitality Chiropractic will help you resolve the issues with long term solutions.
WHAT IS VERTIGO?
Vertigo is a condition where sufferers experience a spinning sensation, dizziness and disorientation. Despite common belief, it is not caused by height but rather problems with the nerve system, brain or inner ear. Vertigo is not a medical condition itself, but rather a symptom of another problem (in the same way a fever is a symptom of a problem, such as infection).
Chiropractic has great results helping patients with vertigo and inner ear problems, especially those who have already seen medical doctors with minimal improvements.
WHAT CAUSES VERTIGO?
There are many reasons why people may experience vertigo and dizziness. Other than physical injuries, there are also pre-existing conditions that contribute to the factors that trigger vertigo and dizziness, including:
This is an acute infection, usually caused by a virus, of the inner ear. Sufferers experience severe vertigo, vomiting and are rendered immobile. This needs medical attention to the inner ear to prevent hearing loss. Chiropractic care is useful in non-symptomatic periods to help prevent labyrinthitis attacks.
Meniere’s Disease is an imbalance of the liquid in the inner ear, resulting in a dizzy sensation, a feeling of spinning, nausea, a feeling of fullness in the ear and hearing loss. It usually is more chronic (long term) than labyrinthitis and can be predominantly on one side. Hearing loss can be more gradual over time. This may be seen by an ENT Doctor; however, Chiropractic has a great history of helping Meniere’s disease with lots of research showing the effectiveness of Upper Cervical Chiropractic.
BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO (BPPV)
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common causes of vertigo. This is when small calcium crystals dislodge, moving into the inner ear. These particles disrupt the normal functions of the inner ear, which regulate the balance of the body. Epley’s Manoeuvre is the first choice of treatment and can be performed by a medical doctor. If BPPV persists it is best to seek a Chiropractor trained in Upper Cervical Specific care.
The signs of BPPV may include dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance, nausea and vomiting.
These conditions are usually associated with other symptoms, such as tinnitus, headaches, lightheadedness or giddiness, a feeling of fullness in the ear and even hearing loss. Vertigo can also be linked to:
WHAT TRIGGERS VERTIGO?
For many cases of vertigo, there is almost always a physical trigger. This could be a fall, whiplash, injury, car accident or other insults to the neck or head. This damages the nerves in the upper neck making them more susceptible to producing symptoms, including vertigo. These injuries then cause 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 controls 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.
HOME REMEDIES FOR VERTIGO & DIZZINESS SINGAPORE
A common treatment for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the home Epley Manoeuvre. The Epley Manoeuvre 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 Manoeuvre 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 ear, 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 unsteadiness and increased risk of falls.
HOW IS VERTIGO DIAGNOSED BY A VERTIGO DOCTOR?
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 serve as a temporary solution but will not correct the main cause of the problem. Even for conditions such as Meniere’s disease and migraines, medication does not offer significant improvement for many cases, while patients’ conditions may continue to deteriorate and experience hearing loss.
Once serious diseases have been ruled out, there should be a thorough assessment of the upper neck, where the brainstem and balance centres are located. By focusing on the brainstem and nerve system, only can patients experience long term solutions.
At Vitality Chiropractic, we perform x-rays and nerve scans that are unique in Singapore to assess the condition of the upper neck to check for any presence of Subluxation. We also carry them out to detect any undiscovered issues in the nervous system which may be contributing more to your vertigo. This allows us to accurately determine the issue and prevent misdiagnosing patients that may be experiencing other neurological issues.
WHAT ARE THE VERTIGO TREATMENTS AVAILABLE IN SINGAPORE?
Commonly in Singapore, vertigo is treated by medication, such as anti-histamines or anti-emetics, which can be helpful in some cases, such as if it is due to a bacterial infection. Exercises may also be recommended to help with the conditions.
Depending on the magnitude of dizziness that people experience, there are some exercises that can be helpful, such as for BPPV. For BPPV, there are particular movements performed by a Doctor (Epley Manoeuvre) and vertigo exercises that can be performed at home (Brandt-Daroff exercises).
However, if BPPV is not the cause, vertigo exercises won’t be useful and another approach is needed. If the cause is rooted in the nervous system, medication and exercises will only help to temporarily relieve the symptoms and not resolve the real issue. Especially where vertigo is chronic (long term), the treatment must assess and treat any underlying problems in the nervous system.
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP VERTIGO?
Research shows that a misalignment, known as a Subluxation, in the upper neck will put pressure on the brainstem. This leads to interference in the balance centres. The brain isn’t able to receive adequate information from the body, as the messages are blocked, resulting in a loss of coordination. If the condition is worsened by head movement or head position, this is particularly indicative of an Upper Cervical Subluxation. Upper Cervical Chiropractic care is particularly effective at helping vertigo as it specialises in the upper neck where the balance centres are located.
At Vitality Chiropractic, our doctor of Chiropractic uses the Upper Cervical Chiropractic technique to treat patients suffering from vertigo symptoms. This technique has a high success rate among patients that have been experiencing chronic vertigo and dizziness, helping them move away from relying on medication and regain their normal lifestyles back!
FUN FACT: The Upper Cervical Chiropractic technique also helps people suffering from headache and migraine attacks. Over 90% of patients at Vitality Chiropractic report that it works!
VITALITY CHIROPRACTIC: BEST PLACE TO SEEK VERTIGO TREATMENT IN SINGAPORE
At Vitality Chiropractic we specialise in the upper neck, with a proven history of helping patients with their treatment for vertigo and dizziness. We are the first to bring this technique to South East Asia and the only clinic to do so in Singapore. We use specialised equipment to scan the nerve system at every appointment, such as unique computed infrared thermography nerves scans and biomechanical x-rays to accurately diagnose the problem and remove interference at the brain stem and restores normal balance, thus helping our patients experience less dizziness and enable them to return to normal activities as soon as possible.
Our doctor of Chiropractic, Dr Shaan has undertaken additional post-graduate training in Upper Cervical Chiropractic care, has years of experience and has a history of helping patients to treat headaches and migraines.
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