Chiropractic Care Restores Balance in Your Life by Eliminating Dizziness & Vertigo
Do you experience a sudden onset of dizziness? Does the world sometimes feel like it’s spinning when you are standing still? Are you occasionally lightheaded and feel like you are going to lose your balance and fall? Then you might have a condition called vertigo[i].
Vertigo is a medical condition that causes someone to feel dizzy, unbalanced, and like they are in a world that is suddenly spinning around them for seemingly no reason. If vertigo is keeping your life off-balanced, let the team at Wilbeck Chiropractic help you. As Wichita’s premier doctors of chiropractic, we help patients with many different kinds of complex complaints, including those experiencing regular bouts of vertigo and dizziness.
What is Causing My Vertigo and Dizziness?
The sensory system that maintains your balance is called the vestibular system. Located in the inner ear, the major components of the vestibular system, the semicircular canals, which contains a cluster of sensory hairs known as the cupula, and the otolith organs receive sensory information regarding your equilibrium, motion, spatial orientation, and your posture. It sends this sensory to the cerebellum of your brain via the vestibulocochlear nerve. Your brain uses this information to automatically stabilize your balance and help you with everyday tasks like standing, walking, and sitting up straight[ii].
There are various conditions that can impair the vestibular system’s ability to maintain your balance or inhibit its ability to send the correct information to your cerebellum. When this happens, it can cause mild to severe bouts of vertigo and dizziness. Your vestibular system can be affected by a traumatic event, an underlying illness, dehydration, or even idiopathic (i.e.unknown) reasons.
One of the most common triggers of dizziness and vertigo is a medical condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV[iii]. BPPV is when the tiny gravity-sensitive calcium crystals within the otolith organs become dislodged and free float within the inner ear fluid. When this happens, these unsupported crystals drift around with the movements of the head and shifts in gravity. As a result, they can come in contact with the cupula, which triggers an intense bout of vertigo. This is usually caused by a sudden head movement shifting these free-floating crystals around your inner ear. Generally, these dizzy spells do not last longer than a minute. BPPV is usually caused by head trauma, car accident, sports injury, or workplace injury, but some underlying medical conditions may also cause it.
Several different factors can trigger vertigo and dizziness. Listed below are just some of the more common reasons someone may experience vertigo or dizziness:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo BPPV
- Ear Infection
- Head Injury
- Neck Injury
- Meniere’s disease
- Sudden Position Changes
- Increased Inner Ear Fluid
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Ear Surgery
Symptoms of Vertigo
Vertigo and dizziness are actually symptoms themselves and not a diagnosis. However, the underlying reason that causes vertigo usually has a set of symptoms that can commonly occur alongside it. Listed below are some of the more common symptoms that accompany vertigo:
- Balance Problems
- Motion Sickness
- Nausea and Vomiting
- Tinnitus or Ringing in the Ear
- Uncontrollable Eye Movement
Special Note on Vertigo Symptoms:
Sometimes dizziness and vertigo can be a precursor to a dangerous and even life-threatening medical condition such as a heart attack or stroke. Seek immediate emergency medical help if you or a loved one experiences any of the following symptoms alongside their vertigo and dizziness:
- Chest Pain
- Altered Level Consciousness
- Slurred Speech/Difficulty Speaking
- Difficulty Breathing
- Any Form of Paralysis
- Head Pain That is Sudden, Intense, or in a New Region of Your Head
Treat Your Dizziness and Vertigo with Chiropractic
Do not let dizziness and vertigo keep your life off-balanced; let the team at Wilbeck Chiropractic help you today. Our doctors of chiropractic have treated numerous patients throughout the Wichita area with a variety of complaints, including vertigo and dizziness. We understand how bouts of vertigo can be unsettling, that’s why we want to help you restore your balance and get back to living your best life.
Whenever you visit either our West or Northeast clinics, one of our doctors on staff will take the time to assess you individually. At this point, we discuss your individual concerns and develop a care plan that best suits your needs. In the case of vertigo and dizziness, we address this concern by evaluating the potential underlying causes and treat your symptoms by correcting any misalignments in your nervous system. For vertigo, we pay particular attention to the parts of your nervous system that interact with the vestibulocochlear nerve because any misalignments there can directly affect your sense of balance. For patients we suspect are experiencing vertigo because of BPPV, we perform a special technique called the Epley Maneuver. The Epley Maneuver rapidly dislodges the free-floating calcium crystals, causing their vertigo from their inner ear, and immediately helps the patient feel a sense of balance and stability.
To help our patients avoid any future instances of dizziness and vertigo, we recommend regular preventative chiropractic care. With these visits, we help our patients keep their balance, maintain correct spinal alignment, and continue to help them preserve a life of health and wellness. Let Wilbeck Chiropractic help you restore your balance so you can stay active and healthy.
[i] Robinson, D. (2021, November 30). Vertigo: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, and More. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com: https://www.healthline.com/health/vertigo#types
[ii] NEUROSCIENTIFICALLY CHALLENGED. (2015, November 15). KNOW YOUR BRAIN: VESTIBULAR SYSTEM. Retrieved from https://neuroscientificallychallenged.com: https://neuroscientificallychallenged.com/posts/know-your-brain-vestibular-system
[iii] Mayo Clinic Staff. (2019). Herniated Disc. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/herniated-disk/symptoms-causes/syc-20354095
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