Chiropractic Care for Vertigo (Dizziness)

Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off balance and dizzy, and one way to relieve vertigo is through chiropractic care. 

Feeling dizzy and off-balanced can be disorienting, and Dr. Desai understands the importance of helping you stay grounded. She will create a custom treatment plan for your condition so you can experience relief from vertigo. 

Vertigo is characterized as a feeling of dizziness even when you are standing perfectly still. There are a few different causes of vertigo, most of which center around your inner ear and how it communicates with your brain. Chiropractic care can be an ideal method for treating vertigo. 

Causes of Vertigo

There isn’t a clear answer to why a person develops vertigo. It is believed to be caused by issues with the inner ear. However, underlying conditions and injuries that impact the head, neck, and ear may be responsible for vertigo. 

Here are a few factors that have been linked to someone developing vertigo: 

  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Medication that damages the ear
  • Calcium buildup in the ear canal
  • Propensity for migraines
  • Build-up and pressure within the ear canal
  • Viral infections that inflame the ear region

Symptoms of Vertigo

With vertigo, it can take a while to figure out what you are experiencing. That is largely because the symptoms are disorienting and can be hard to understand. 

The exact symptoms of vertigo can vary for each person. Here are some general symptoms that people experience: 

  • A feeling that the room is spinning
  •  A feeling of being off-balance
  • A feeling that you are swaying or tilting when you are actually sitting or standing
  • Mild to severe dizziness
  • Intermittent or constant ringing in the ears
  • Loss of hearing
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Sudden, jerking eye movements
  • Nausea

With vertigo, these symptoms can happen at any time. You could be fine, and then you could suddenly feel dizzy. This could happen when you are sitting, standing, or even driving. 

Some people feel like they are able to know when a state of vertigo is going to occur. For other people, a vertigo spell can come on without any warning.

Different Types of Vertigo

Vertigo is an overarching term used to describe a few different types of conditions.

Peripheral Vertigo

Inside the inner ear are vestibular labyrinths, also known as semicircular canals. These canals sense when your head rotates, both from your own movement or from external sources. 

Inside your ear is the vestibular nerve, which sends messages about where your head is positioned and how you are balancing to your brain. 

Issues with the semicircular canals and the vestibular nerve can lead to peripheral vertigo. This type of vertigo is more common and more severe than central vertigo. 

There are various things that can cause peripheral vertigo: 

  • Benign paroxysmal positional Vertigo: This is when small crystals in the inner ear canal become dislodged and stimulate the tiny hairs in the inner ear, causing feelings of dizziness. 
  • Labyrinthitis: Viruses and infections, such as influenza, measles, and Epstein-Barr, can cause labyrinthitis and vertigo symptoms that are usually temporary. 
  • Meniere’s Disease: This is when you have an abnormal amount of fluid in the inner ear. It can be caused by stress, genetics, or an infection. 
  • Vestibular Neuritis: This occurs when the vestibular nerve, which connects the inner ear to the brain, is impacted by an infection. 
  • Injury: You can experience peripheral vertigo due to a head injury or injury due to medications that are toxic to the inner ear structure. 

Central Vertigo

An injury or disease in the brain is the cause of central vertigo. With central vertigo, you will experience feelings of the room spinning, along with other symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hearing loss
  • Difficulty focusing the eyes

There are multiple potential causes of central vertigo, including:

  • Blood vessel disease
  • Stroke
  • Cancerous and noncancerous tumors
  • Vestibular migraine headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis 

Chiropractic Treatment for Vertigo

Vertigo is a symptom of another underlying medical issue. That is why it is important to discover the root cause and determine what type of vertigo you have. One way to treat vertigo is through chiropractic treatment. 

How Dr. Desai treats your vertigo depends on the underlying medical issue and type of vertigo. That is why Dr. Desai gives you a personal assessment and creates a unique treatment plan based on your needs.

For vertigo, common treatments include correcting the alignment of the cervical spine and neck using gentle chiropractic techniques. Correct head and spinal alignment can help reduce the occurrence of vertigo. 

Outside of chiropractic treatment, there are also types of physical therapy and medicine that can assist you with this condition.

Get Chiropractic Treatment for Vertigo and Dizziness

Dr. Tanvi Desai is a chiropractic expert with extensive training and experience in caring for patients' spinal misalignments. She offers patients natural healing options involving gentle adjustments, basic exercises, and lifestyle recommendations to improve their condition.

Lotus Chiropractic Care can help improve posture, reduce pain, and improve the body's overall function. If you suffer from vertigo and dizziness, Dr. Desai can help get your body back to a pain-free life.

We service residents of Dunwoody and surrounding areas from our office on Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, Georgia.

Learn if chiropractic care may be right for you. Call us at (470) 719-9539 or request an appointment online

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