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Vertigo Treatment

What is Vertigo? 

Vertigo is a feeling as though your surroundings are spinning around you. Sometimes, you can feel dizzy, unbalanced, like you are tilting, spinning or swaying. Other symptoms that you may feel include ringing in the ears, sweating, headaches or migraines.  

chiropractor assessing patient who is experiencing vertigo

What can cause Vertigo?

There are many causes of vertigo, including inner ear conditions, toxic conditions (alcohol or food poisonings), blood pressure problems, illnesses, neck problems or psychological factors.

One of the most common reasons people seek vertigo treatment is BPPV. This is caused by small particles inside the inner ear, which create problems in the way your body balances. Often, BPPV is often caused by previous trauma or due to aging. Thus, there are many common features for BPPV. These include: higher prevalence in females, recurring brief episodes (can last seconds to a couple of minutes), no hearing loss, may be followed by nausea or vomiting and can be associated with head positioning.  

Is Vertigo Dangerous? 

Usually, vertigo is not dangerous unless there are frequent falls or when driving. However, older patients and patients with high risk of vascular disease must take extra caution with vertigo. 

There is a higher prevalence in people over the aged 60 years old and the presence of dizziness and vertigo is a strong predictor of falls, which is the leading cause of accidental deaths in people older than 60 years old. Therefore, it is important to diagnose and manage balance disorders due to dizziness or vertigo early. 

Contact us at Total Health Chiropractic to consult one our trained Chiropractors for an initial assessment and consultation. 

What is Cervicogenic Vertigo? 

History of head or neck trauma such as whiplash, disc problems or arthritis in the neck may cause vertigo. The dizziness can come and go, and can last minutes to hours. Vertigo can be brought on with certain head movements and positioning. Therefore, dizziness can be made worse with neck movements. This means sometimes it helps to use treatments that relieve neck pain like chiropractic care

Some of the common complaints with vertigo from a neck problem include; tilting to one side,  feeling unbalanced, unsteady walking, postural problems which may be related to neck pain, stiffness and/or headaches. 

How can Chiropractors help with vertigo? 

Chiropractors use a variety of techniques best suited for your specific needs. The team at Total Health Chiropractic go through your medical history and exams, making sure that they are being thorough. During the first visit, the Chiropractor will perform a range of testing. This can include balancing, hearing, head and eye movement tests.  

What Chiropractic techniques can be used?

Chiropractic techniques used to help with vertigo include Epley’s Manoeuvre, spinal manipulation, spinal mobilisation, rehab training and correcting posture. If we are unable to provide you with care, we will refer you to the right health care specialist. 

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