Vertigo is a sudden internal or external spinning sensation, often triggered by moving your head too quickly. It is not necessarily life-threatening, but it’s a very scary and debilitating condition. Some believe the cause is within the inner ear canals helping to regulate balance. Another reason could be due to fluid buildup in the inner ear that cannot drain. Symptoms of vertigo include dizziness, light headedness, nausea, blurred vision, headaches, spinning, loss of balance, and ringing in the ears, to name a few.
Causes of vertigo can stem from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease, inner ear or sinus infections, or side effects of certain medications. Vertigo is also linked to strokes and migraines and can often be related to head or neck injuries
There are many medications that can help with vertigo symptoms, but chiropractic care is one of the best, all-natural vertigo treatments to help reduce symptoms and prevent flare-ups. That’s because the nerve supply from the top of the neck into the head may be irritated due to spinal misalignments, often called Cervicogenic Vertigo. Chiropractic adjustments help to normalize that nerve supply, thereby calming any abnormal nerve function and alleviating vertigo symptoms.
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At Kinney Chiropractic, we take the extra time to conduct a thorough consultation and history on all our vertigo patients. We want our patients to explain their condition entirely to one of our doctors who will really listen. Sometimes the smallest detail can make the biggest difference in your care.
Then we will perform detailed chiropractic, orthopedic, and functional exams along with a postural assessment to understand the extent of the issue. Lastly, we will take a series of digital X-rays so we can really see where the problems lie and get to the root cause of why you have vertigo.
Specific Chiropractic Care in Belmar, NJ
When a patient comes into my office with a chief complaint of vertigo, one of the main things I check for is spinal subluxations. Spinal subluxations are joints in the spine that become immobile, locked, or stuck in an abnormal alignment, putting pressure or stress on nerves. In the case of vertigo, those spinal joints are most commonly in the upper cervical (upper neck) spine. The vertebrae can shift out of alignment or become immobile due to poor posture, old injuries or accidents, chronic computer or electronic use (tech neck), or poor sleeping positions.
Cervical Vertigo is caused by immobile or improperly moving joints in the cervical spine (subluxations). Subluxations send incorrect information through nerves between the brain and the body, giving rise to vertigo symptoms of dizziness, spinning, nausea, or other vertigo symptoms.
Chiropractic adjustments correct cervical subluxations. Adjustments using a precise, low-force touch shift spinal vertebrae back into alignment, unlock stuck joints and allow for the proper function of the inner ears, lymph nodes, immune system, and nervous system.
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To support the care of our vertigo patients, we prescribe a custom therapeutic exercise plan tailored to the patient’s unique situation. We email specific stretches and strengthening exercises that work in tandem with chiropractic adjustments to strengthen proper spinal structure and prevent further misalignments and subluxations.
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Common Causes of Vertigo in Belmar, NJ
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
One of the most common causes of vertigo is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This is where the crystals in the inner ear that help regulate balance become dislodged and collect in the inner. When this happens, people can experience dizziness, a spinning sensation (vertigo), lightheadedness, unsteadiness, loss of balance, and nausea. Treatment includes a series of head movements that shift particles in the ears.
It is not fully known what causes the particles to dislodge, but one cause may be the rapid movement of the head forward and backward. There are many prescription medications for vertigo, but one drugless treatment for BPPV is called the Epley’s maneuver and involves moving the head in different motions to cause the crystals to go back into place. Once patients know the maneuver, they can usually perform it on their own at home.
Meniere’s disease is a chronic condition where fluids build up in the part of the inner ear called the Labyrinth. The symptoms of this disorder include severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear. Ménière’s disease usually affects only one ear. Dizziness attacks may occur suddenly or after a short period of tinnitus or muffled hearing. Some people will have a single episode of dizziness separated by long periods. Others may experience many attacks closer together over several days.
Treatments for Meniere’s disease can include prescription medications, cognitive therapy, salt and dietary restrictions, and even surgery if severe enough. However, many alternative therapies have been helpful for Meniere’s disease. Herbs like ginger and ginkgo biloba are helpful. Acupuncture has been known to help. Chiropractic adjustments absolutely help with vertigo symptoms.
Vestibular neuritis is an inflammatory condition affecting the vestibular nerve, which connects the inner ear to the brain, causing prolonged vertigo, usually without significant hearing loss. It is a similar condition to labyrinthitis but without hearing loss. The main symptoms are vertigo, nausea, and blurred vision.
Vestibular neuritis usually goes away on its own. But some treatments include prescription medications, vestibular therapy, and physical therapy.
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury where the brain is forcibly shaken inside the skull. TBIs cause subluxations (spinal misalignments and nerve interference), leading to permanent nerve damage. TBIs can also lead to vertigo. In fact, head trauma is the most common cause of vertigo.
Obviously, rest is one of the best treatments for a concussion, but chiropractic adjustments are essential post-concussion. It’s important to correct the cervical spine’s alignment, improve abnormal joint motion, and reduce nerve pinching and interference.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can going to a chiropractor in Belmar, NJ help with vertigo?
Yes, often the cause of vertigo is nerve pressure and loss of normal motion in the neck. Chiropractic adjustments help with that.
Can a misaligned neck cause vertigo?
Yes. Misaligned vertebrae in the neck can put abnormal pressure on the nerves and cause symptoms like vertigo.
Can chiropractic in Belmar, NJ help inner ear problems?
Yes. Chiropractic adjustments normalize the nerve supply to the inner ear and help restore normal functions.
Can spine problems cause vertigo?
Yes. Misaligned or subluxated joints in the neck spine can cause symptoms like vertigo.
How should you sleep when you have vertigo?
The best sleeping position for vertigo is on your back.