Can Chiropractic Really Help with Vertigo? Symptoms, Treatment and Benefits of Chiropractic

Can Chiropractic Really Help with Vertigo? Symptoms, Treatment and Benefits of Chiropractic

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a common condition that can be distressing and debilitating, affecting an individual’s balance and spatial orientation. It creates a sensation of spinning or falling, disrupting day-to-day activities and overall quality of life.  It can be very difficult to diagnose the cause of vertigo and the process is one of ruling things out without a lot of answers, which can be very frustrating for the person suffering.  

Conventional treatments for vertigo range from medications to vestibular rehabilitation exercises but those don’t always work, and medication should not be the first or only option. Chiropractic care has become an increasingly popular and helpful treatment for vertigo patients. This blog delves into how chiropractic interventions may help manage and alleviate vertigo symptoms.

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Understanding Vertigo 

To appreciate the role of chiropractic care in vertigo, it’s essential to first understand the nature of the condition. There are many forms of vertigo that affect people differently. Though sometimes the cause is unknown, many cases of vertigo arise from a disruption in the delicate mechanisms of the inner ear (vestibular system), brain, or the communication between the two, leading to an impaired sense of balance.

Cervicogenic Vertigo 

This form of vertigo results from neck problems, such as previous injury or chronic tension, which can disrupt the flow of signals between the neck and the brain, leading to dizziness, imbalance, and odd sensations such as falling.  

Chiropractors can offer relief for cervicogenic vertigo by performing spinal adjustments to restore proper movement, function and alignment to the vertebrae in the neck. Other muscle and soft tissue treatments such as manual therapy, instrument assisted soft-tissue mobilization, dry needling, and active release technique can also help to ease the tension in the neck. These treatments can also improve the communication between the brain and the body, potentially reducing the frequency, duration and intensity of vertigo episodes. 

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) 

The most common type of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is a spinning sensation often caused by minute crystals dislodging within the inner ear canals. This type of vertigo is particularly troublesome in certain head positions. 

Treatment for BPPV involves the Epley Maneuver. This technique involves moving the patient’s head into specific positions to dislodge the crystals causing vertigo. The Epley Maneuver is considered a safe and effective method of treating this common form of vertigo and is widely used by medical professionals in many specialties as a go-to first treatment for vertigo. 

Atypical Vestibular Migraines 

Atypical vestibular migraines, a relatively less understood variant of migraines, blur the line between migraine headaches and balance disorders. These migraines may not necessarily present the classical severe headache; instead, they often feature intense dizziness or vertigo, balance problems, and sensitivity to motion. They can also bring on other symptoms commonly associated with migraines, such as light and sound sensitivity, nausea, and visual disturbances.  

An “atypical” vestibular migraine is typically characterized by the prominence of these vestibular symptoms. This condition might even occur without a headache, making the diagnosis more challenging. The exact cause remains uncertain, but it is believed to be related to abnormal neuronal activity affecting both the brain and the inner ear.  

Treatments often involve lifestyle changes, medications to prevent or alleviate symptoms, and vestibular rehabilitation exercises under the guidance of a healthcare professional. 

Health Maintenance 

Chiropractic care is a drug-free, non-invasive health care approach focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders in the neuromusculoskeletal system.

Chiropractic care can serve both as a form of treatment and as a preventative measure against vertigo. Regular adjustments can maintain the proper joint mobility and spinal support. Furthermore, proper spinal support can contribute to optimal nervous system function. Chiropractic care encourages the body’s inherent ability to heal itself, potentially preventing the onset of vertigo symptoms altogether. 

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Lifestyle Recommendations 

In addition to treatment, Chiropractors also provide guidance on nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle modifications. Such recommendations can help strengthen the body’s overall balance and reduce inflammation and stress, which may be contributing factors to vertigo. 

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Patient Considerations 

Like any treatment, chiropractic care’s effectiveness for vertigo can vary among individuals. It’s crucial to consult with a qualified healthcare provider to discuss the potential benefits and risks before deciding on a treatment plan.  

Patients with certain conditions such as spinal bone infections, severe osteoporosis, or those who’ve had spinal surgery may not be suitable candidates for chiropractic manipulation.

Closing Thoughts

Vertigo can disrupt lives, but there’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that chiropractic care can be an effective part of the solution. By focusing on the body’s alignment and self-healing ability, chiropractors may help restore balance and provide relief from vertigo symptoms. 

More research is needed to establish the full extent of chiropractic care effectiveness in treating vertigo. However, it’s worth considering as part of a holistic approach to health and well-being. Always consult with a health professional to decide on the best treatment plan for you. 

Chiropractic care might not be the cure-all, but it provides a promising, non-invasive, drug-free alternative worth exploring. Remember, a balanced body leads to a balanced life. 

Note: The information provided here is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with your healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition or treatment. 

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