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Posted on 10-06-2016
Vertigo is a serious medical condition which can have a serious impact on your quality of life. Although vertigo's most common symptom is a sense of dizziness or spinning, it can also have other symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or sweating in varying degrees of severity. If you suffer from vertigo, chiropractic care can offer you relief from your condition.
Vertigo, which can be caused by an accident or any sudden, violent movement of the head and neck, is a common problem for chiropractic patients.
Fortunately, the most common type of vertigo also responds very well to chiropractic treatment.
The most common cause of vertigo is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), which is also known as benign vertigo or positional vertigo. This type of vertigo occurs when a sudden, sharp movement of the head causes naturally occurring calcium carbonate crystals, which are embedded in the structure of the inner ear used to sense balance and movement, to become dislodged and free-floating. These free-floating crystals then strike the delicate nerves used to sense balance and movement. This causes the nerves to send signals which confuse the brain and cause vertigo.
BPPV is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. When this happens, the condition may be treated symptomatically with a wide range of prescription medications such as the sedative Compazine, which can have a number of serious side-effects.
Treating your BPPV with chiropractic care allows you to avoid those potential side-effects. If your vertigo is caused by BPPV, your chiropractor should be able to provide drug-free relief of your condition.
Chiropractic treatment of BPPV is accomplished through the use of certain repositioning maneuvers. The most common is the Epley maneuver, but your chiropractor may use other maneuvers as well as instruct you in techniques you can use at home.
The purpose of the maneuvers is to use gravity to guide the errant calcium carbonate crystals away from the sensitive balance and movement sensing part of the inner ear and back where they belong.
This type of in-office treatment, combined with home exercises, is a safe, proven treatment for BPPV that can provide relief for most patients in as little as three or four treatments.
Contact our office today if you are suffering from vertigo. Relief is only a phone call away.
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