What Is vertigo symptoms and why Is It so common? In our Los Angeles, Upper Cervical Chiropractic Clinic vertigo is the most common condition we see. How common is vertigo? Based on nationwide statistics there are currently 450,000 people suffering from chronic vertigo in the greater Los Angeles basin. That number is staggering.
Imagine being fearful of driving, going to a job interview, planning a dinner with a friend and other simple tasks now become major ordeals. Suffering from chronic vertigo symptoms can completely disrupt one's life. Unfortunately, to compound vertigo sufferers already difficult circumstances, traditional care for vertigo patients is a prescription medication that only treats the symptom or worse the patient goes from doctor to doctor, spends thousands of dollars, and often is told that their condition is psychosomatic.
Can you imagine having your entire life become disrupted and then be told that it’s all in your head? Unfortunately it’s a common experience.
Vertigo symptoms are commonly associated with cervical spine trauma. (1) We find that the large majority of patients that seek care in our office and have their upper neck misalignments corrected, recover or greatly improve. Neck injury is a common underlying cause of vertigo.
In this article, we will discuss the different types of vertigo, the difference between central and peripheral vertigo, the science that shows that correction of upper c-spine misalignments can help vertigo sufferers recover, and then talk about how the upper cervical spine is related to vertigo. Hopefully, by the article's conclusion you will understand what is vertigo and why is it so common, and have new information on how to correct it's the underlying cause.
What is Vertigo and Why is it so Common?
Vertigo is the sensation of the world whirling around you or you are whirling around the world. Some feel as though they are on a boat while others have such severe whirling that they are unable to walk, stand, or sit. Often times nausea, headache and exhaustion precede and or follow a vertigo episode.
It is this author's opinion that modern living is responsible for the large numbers of people that suffer and have vertigo symptoms and vestibular disorders. Modern living has introduced traumatic activities that didn’t exist 100 years ago. Motor vehicle whiplash injury is on the rise and since neck injury is a common precipitating factor in vertigo genesis it’s on the rise as population density increases.
Vertigo symptoms and Increased Fall Risk
It may seem obvious but vertigo increases the risk of fall especially in the elderly. Falls are no laughing matter and can often cause injury to the body, head, and neck. As we will discuss later falls and neck injury are common underlying causes of vertigo in the first place.
Central and Peripheral Vertigo symptoms - Associated DisordersCauses of Central Vertigo
Central vertigo is vertigo that is tied into the central nervous system. The central nervous system can be affected by brain tumors, brainstem tumors, ALS, and other conditions like multiple sclerosis. These diseases can cause disruption in the central nervous system function and lead to a host of associated symptoms, one being vertigo.
Causes of Peripheral Vertigo symptoms
Peripheral vertigo is vertigo that relates to the inner ear and nerve pathways that interact with the inner that can be coming from the joints of the cervical spine. There are three main conditions that relate to peripheral vertigo:
- Ménière’s Disease - Ménière’s disease is a form of vertigo that causes severe drop attacks, tinnitus, hearing deficits, and cognitive problem.
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) - BPPV is a form of vertigo that relates to the formation of crystals in the inner ear structure called the semicircular canals.
- Labyrinthitis -Is caused by an inflammatory condition in the inner ear often due to an ear infection.
A Shift to Natural Care for Vertigo symptoms
Traditional medical care for labyrinthitis, Ménière’s disease, and BPPV is either prescribing anti dizziness medication , physical therapy, and in extreme cases of Ménière’s disease radical inner ear shunt surgeries.
We would like to discuss a natural non-invasive form of care called Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractic.
Instead of treating the symptoms with medications this natural form of care focuses on the structural integrity of the neck and its influence on the underlying control centers that are responsible for the balance. This radically different approach focuses on allowing the body to do the healing. Most everyone knows that medical care treats the symptoms not the cause.
There are plenty of upper cervical chiropractic case studies regarding vertigo and how patients can recover from these conditions by precisely correcting cervical spinal misalignments caused by prior neck injury (2,3,4,5,). Because the joints of the neck are highly connected to the body's balance centers, injury to them can be an underlying cause of Ménière’s disease and vertigo(6).
How Is the Upper Cervical Spine Related to Vertigo symptoms?
There are three main areas that interrelate to the body's ability to maintain balance against gravity. The back part of the brain(cerebellum), the inner ear, and the top three vertebrae’s joints.
The cervical spine joints send information into the CNS (cerebellum) simultaneously information from the inner ear also coordinates with the spinal joint input to coordinate balance. If the cervical spine has been injured from a prior whiplash-type injury several things occur. The cervical spine muscles become spastic, straightening the normal lordosis of the neck, which in turn affects how weight is distributed on the neck joints.
The head weighs ten to twelve pounds and as a consequence when the head moves forward off its normal balanced center there is abnormal pressure on the joints in the neck that aberrantly affects CNS function and vestibular pathways.
Finding Natural Relief from Vertigo symptoms in your Area - Blair Upper Cervical Care
If you are looking for natural vertigo relief in the Los Angeles area our office offers a free consultation to determine if prior neck injury is at the root of your problem.
Blair Upper Cervical chiropractors are specially trained to locate spinal misalignment in the upper cervical spine. Once located, precise imaging is used to determine the exact direction of joint misalignment. This information is then used to make a precise spinal correction that involves no twisting, popping, or pulling of the neck.
The correction reduces structural interference to the brain stem and spinal nerves thereby allowing the central nervous system to function better. The patient is monitored over time to ensure stability. Healing takes time and is a process. The procedure’s goal is to maximize the bodies healing potential and rely solely on the body's inherent ability to heal and repair.
If you or a loved one suffers from vertigo or any other chronic health problem our office can be reached at 310 324-6172 Carson office or 213 399-7772 for our Los Angeles office. We hope this article titled “
What Is Vertigo symptoms and Why Is It So Common offered a different slant compared to conventional vertigo treatment that stirs thought and gives hope to those that have been everywhere without relief.
References: Upper Cervical Chiropractic Case Studies Regarding Vertigo symptoms
- Cervical vertigo and dizziness after a whiplash injury
- PubMed Central®
- Health Outcomes Following Cervical Specific Protocol in 300 Patients with Meniere's Followed Over Six Years
- A Case of Post-Traumatic Meniere's Disease
- The Potential Role of Joint Injury and Eustachian Tube Dysfunction in the Genesis of Secondary Meniere’s Disease