When one begins experiencing the sensation of vertigo, he or she may live in fear of when the next episode will occur. Vertigo can hit at any time, without warning. While it is not considered life-threatening, it can be dangerous if the attack occurs while one needs to be in control of his actions, such as when driving or on a high ladder.
Care Options for Vertigo
It is generally believed that vertigo stems from a problem within the ear, such as too much fluid build-up. In some cases, this is the problem if one has an ear infection or similar issue. There are some situations where ear problems are not the underlying cause of vertigo. These are referred to as central vertigo.
Usually, a general practitioner will begin by prescribing a medication that will lessen the fluid within the ear. Or your doctor may suggest particular exercises to reset the crystals of the inner ear. One doctor even recommends trying a somersault in a certain way to do this. These methods have helped some cope with vertigo, but others have found they do not do the trick. Is there anything else that may help vertigo sufferers?
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Can Help
A study looked closely at 60 patients who suffered from vertigo. Out of the 60, 56 of them recalled having some form of head or neck trauma in the past. They were all given adjustments to the upper cervical spine – the C1 and C2 vertebrae. After upper cervical care, 48 of them reported that the vertigo was completely gone, while 12 said that they saw marked improvement.
At Zehr Chiropractic, we focus on getting similar results by using a gentle method to help the bones of the neck realign naturally. We do not pop or crack the spine. A misalignment in this part of the spine can negatively affect the vestibular or balance system of the body. Once corrected, many patients report seeing vertigo improve or disappear.