Vertigo is the sensation that either a person or his environment is spinning. It can seem to happen randomly and without warning. Why does it occur and what can be done? Let’s take a closer look to find the answers.
The following conditions can bring about vertigo and have it as a major symptom:
- Meniere’s disease: This condition is related to a large amount of fluid that had collected in the ears. It mostly affects those in middle age, beginning after age 40. Besides vertigo, other symptoms include ringing in the ears, a feeling of fullness in the affected ear, and hearing loss. Only one ear is usually involved.
- Acute vestibular neuritis: This describes inflammation of the inner ear. A person may have problems with balance, nausea and/or vomiting, and possible hearing loss. It’s closely related to Labyrinthitis. Thankfully, with rest, it usually clears up on its own.
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: Sometimes called positional vertigo or BPPV for short. The person coping with this will experience short-term episodes of lightheadedness. Sometimes the episodes may last longer, and vertigo can occur whenever the person moves his head. Nausea and frequent falls can also accompany the lightheadedness, particularly if vertigo hits suddenly or lasts for a long time.
Finding Relief for Vertigo
There has been a definite link associated with a misalignment of the upper neck vertebrae and vertigo. As an upper cervical chiropractor, I focus on helping realign these bones in a patient’s neck. If either the C1 (atlas) or C2 (axis) vertebra have moved out of place, it can place undue pressure on the brainstem hindering signals being sent to and from the brain and body. If the brain does not receive the right signals about where the body is located in its environment, vertigo may be the end result. By correcting these misalignments, a person often sees his vertigo lessen in the frequency or possibly go away completely.