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Feb 09

When Can a Chiropractor Help with Vertigo?

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The sensation of the room spinning around you each time you stand. The constant fear of losing your balance. Fatigue you can’t shake, ears that ring and eyes that are frequently blurry, unable to focus or seeing double. The only good thing about being a vertigo victim is that you aren’t alone. Nearly 10 percent of us experience vertigo on a given day and more the 40 percent of those over 40 experience it at least once. And for senior citizens, vertigo-related falls can be life threatening. So what causes vertigo and what can be done about it?

Vertigo As A Symptom

Vertigo nearly always surfaces because of an underlying spinal, inner-ear or head abnormality. An examination by a qualified medical professional is essential to accurately diagnose its cause. Common diagnoses include:

  • Spinal injuries from falls or whiplash from automobile accidents
  • Misaligned neck vertebrae
  • Impaired circulation to the brain
  • Migraines or severe tension headaches
  • Inner ear damage or frequent ear infections
  • Regular use of diuretics, aspirin or other medications affecting the inner ear

But can chiropractic treatment help with vertigo resulting from any of these underlying causes? Yes!

The Gonstead Chiropractic Method and Vertigo

How can a chiropractor help with vertigo? Research shows a strong association between vertigo and a reduced range of neck motion. When misaligned neck vertebrae reduce the flow of nerve impulses and blood to the inner ear and spine, vertigo can result.

By performing gentle adjustments to realign the spinal column, the Gonstead chiropractic method restores the bones to their normal positions. As the neck nerves they were pinching become less irritated, communication between the brain and body improves.

The Gonstead method tailors its treatments to every patient’s unique needs. Known for doing the minimum to achieve the maximum, it uses the fewest possible adjustments to correct the conditions causing vertigo. And nervous energy begins traveling freely again, as Mother Nature intended!