Vertigo is a strong sensation of dizziness that can feel like the environment around you is spinning, or that you yourself are spinning. It can be a devastating and debilitating sensation. The feeling of instability can make you nauseous, bring you to tears, and cause vomiting in some cases, leaving you feeling scared and desperate.
What can cause this?
There are many different factors.
First it is important to understand a bit more about your nervous system. Fundamentally, your brain is always searching to keep you body safe from harm. It does this by receiving feedback from different parts of the body. You ears, eyes, and cervical spine all communicate with your brain to tell it where your head is, in respect to your body, and where is your head/body in respect to your environment. When your brain knows where your head and body are, it can respond and react accordingly to your external environment to keep you safe. When these 3 parts for your body (eyes, ears, neck) are not aligned in their communication, your brain gets “confused” and you experience the unfortunate sensation of vertigo.
How can we resolve vertigo?
It depends on the cause. Once we determine the cause or causes, we create a plan to heal and prevent reoccurrence. We work with the cervical spine and with the ear.
The cervical spine:
The most common cause is the cervical spine being misaligned. Dysfunction of the cervical proprioception because of various neck problems can alter orientation in space and cause a sensation of disequilibrium. The underlying cause of cervicogenic dizziness can come from muscular tension, joint dysfunction, or in most cases a combination of both.
The inner ear:
In the case of the ear, it is called Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV. is due to the movement of crystals around the inner-ear. These crystals are from your otolith organs and make you sensitive to gravity. They can shift out of the organ and into other parts of the vestibular labyrinth, altering your center of balance and briefly making you feel dizzy. This can be diagnosed easily in our studio using the dix hallpike test.
To help rectify BPPV, your chiropractor may use the Epley maneuver, which places your head into different positions to reposition the crystals inside the inner ear. When this maneuver is done correctly, it should only take 1-2 times on average.
Dr. Tanya specializes in patients with vertigo, please call to book your appointment with her at 3208868636