What exactly is vertigo? It is the false feeling that you or the things around you are whirling or rotating. It is a false sense of movement even while you are just standing still. People often mistake it as dizziness, but there must be a spinning component for something to be considered vertigo. NUCCA chiropractic in Rockford helps relieve any conditions that cause vertigo.
What Are the Symptoms of Vertigo?
Vertigo occurs when there is a shif in the position of your head. It can be any of the following:
- A sense of falling down
- Sense of being pulled in one direction
- Feeling unbalanced
- Feeling like you are tilting
- A whirling sensation
Here are some of its symptoms:
- A headache
- Feeling nauseated
- Hearing loss
- Nystagmus — abnormal eye movement
- Tinnitus — ringing within the ears
Symptoms of vertigo could last for a few minutes to a few hours, and sometimes even more. They may happen irregularly, coming and going unexpectedly.
What Are The Causes of Vertigo?
Vertigo often happens because of an inner ear problem. Vertigo is not a disease by itself but rather just a symptom of any of the following conditions:
- Labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis
A viral infection is usually the reason why these occur. The contamination leads to inflammation in the inner ear and affects the nerves that help the body keep its balance.
- (BPPV) or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
BPPV is a condition that happens when particles of calcium, called canalith, often break off and cause clumps within the inner ear. The inner ear takes care of transmitting messages to and from the brain. These messages inform about the head and body movements and how each one concerns balance and positioning. These canaliths can hinder accurate signals from getting to the brain, thus confusing where exactly the body is. When this happens, the result is BPPV.
- Meniere’s disease: We will be examining more about this topic in detail later.
What Are Some Less-Common Causes of Vertigo?
- Medications and their side effects
- Neck or head injury
- Brain issues which include tumor
What Is the Connection Between Vertigo and Meniere’s Disease?
There is a close connection between Meniere’s disease and vertigo. One of the possible reasons that a person has vertigo is due to Meniere’s. Meniere’s disease is a persistent inner ear (vestibular) disorder. It develops due to an excessive amount of fluid that builds up in the inner ear.
It may appear at any age but is most often seen in people aged from 40 to 60 years old. The National Institutes of Health reported that around 615,000 US citizens have Meniere’s disease, while 45,500 new cases are added each year.
Theories suggest the following as the likely origins of Meniere’s disease:
- Autoimmune reactions
- Circulation problems
- Genetic conditions
- Viral infections
How Does Meniere’s Progress?
The symptoms of Meniere’s disease shift during, before, in-between, and after each of the attacks. Here are some symptoms that a person with Meniere’s may experience during various stages:
- A vague feeling of uneasiness
- Sensitivity to sound
- Hearing loss
- Increased ear pressure
- Congestion of the inner ear
- Anxiety and fear
- Blurry vision
- Cold sweat
- Stiff neck or neck pain
- Rapid heartbeat
- Appetite changes
- Problems concentrating
- Trouble finding the right word
Where Can You Find Help for Vertigo and Meniere’s Disease?
If you seek care from your primary care physician, he or she will most likely recommend some care program to rehabilitate the vestibular system. This system has the critical function of sending correct signals to the brain about the body’s location concerning its environment. The doctor may recommend dietary changes to decrease the amount of fluid in the body.
However, no matter what kind of method you implement, if the underlying cause becomes ignored, Meniere’s will continue to occur.
Nucca Chiropractic in Rockford Gives Hope to Patients
Any misalignment in the bones of the upper cervical spine may be the cause of your vertigo attacks. If either the atlas (C1) or axis (C2) vertebra is out of alignment, it may cause the brainstem to undergo additional stress and pressure. When this happens, the brainstem, which is responsible for sending the correct signals to the brain, will begin to transmit the wrong signals. As a result, vertigo attacks occur.
Moreover, the ears will not receive the proper messages to function well. Thus, they will not drain correctly. This build-up of excess fluid within the inner ear contributes to the start of Meniere’s disease.
Here at Upper Cervical Care Center-Rockford in Illinois, we focus on assisting your body to be better overall. How? We use a gentle method that will find and realign any misalignments in the bones of your upper cervical area. Take note that even a slight misalignment, as small as ¼ of a millimeter, can cause various negative symptoms on the entire body. Our method is pain-free and gentle.
We encourage the bones to shift back into position naturally. A majority of our patients have already enjoyed relief from Meniere’s disease and vertigo after a few chiropractic adjustments in our practice. You can call us at 815-398-4500. You may also click here to contact us. Start your journey towards recovery and healing. Feel better, work better, and live better.
We are looking forward to seeing you in our office soon!