No one enjoys feeling dizzy. Your head starts spinning, you lose your balance, and you feel like the ground beneath you is unsteady. Unfortunately, it’s a feeling many people, especially those over 65, share, and it’s not always easy to say why.
Dizziness and loss of balance can be unique ailments, or they can be symptoms of vertigo which also includes the feeling that the world around you is spinning. Along with feeling dizzy, other vertigo symptoms include headaches, nausea, neck pain, and frequent swaying.
The good news is that chiropractic manipulation can provide exactly the treatment you need if you’re suffering from vertigo or dizziness.
Read on for more details.
What Is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a type of dizziness characterized by a sensation of spinning or whirling. It can be caused by a variety of underlying conditions, such as inner ear disorders, migraines, head injuries, and neurological conditions, and like many ailments, if left untreated, it can lead to a host of much worse issues.
People who experience vertigo may feel as if they are spinning or that their surroundings are spinning around them. They may also experience nausea, vomiting, difficulty standing or walking, and a feeling of being unbalanced or unstable.
The most common type of vertigo is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which occurs when small calcium crystals in the inner ear become dislodged and move into the wrong part of the ear canal. This can cause the inner ear to send false signals to the brain about the body’s position, resulting in vertigo.
Cervical vertigo meanwhile is caused by improperly moving joints in your cervical spine.
Vertigo is a major disruption to your daily life, so it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Can a Chiropractor Help With Vertigo?
Chiropractic care is all about healing your body from the inside out.
A chiropractic adjustment properly aligns your spine, which allows your body to lie, sit, and move properly. You will feel less pain and discomfort in your entire body when your spine is aligned correctly, and your body will be able to function as it is intended.
When it comes to treating vertigo, chiropractic care will focus mainly on your neck region. This is known as your cervical spine.
When your neck is misaligned or not functioning properly, it can affect your balance and orientation which can then lead to vertigo, dizziness, and other symptoms.
Chiropractors use a variety of techniques, including spinal adjustments, soft tissue therapy, and other manual therapies, to address these misalignments and dysfunction.
Chiropractic adjustments and proper alignment help your nervous system function properly, which can alleviate inner ear problems, a common cause of vertigo and other balance issues. A fully functioning nervous system will help correct those problems more quickly.
Many symptoms that present themselves in your head are caused by issues in your neck and spine.
A chiropractor can use many different methods of spinal manipulation to better connect your nerve pathways and prevent fluid buildup or particle movement.
How Chiropractic Care Can Lead to Better Balance
If you’re not struggling with the spinning feeling that comes from dizziness or vertigo, but you do struggle to maintain your balance, chiropractic adjustments can help you just the same.
While balance issues on their own may seem small, they can quickly lead to a less independent life, relying on walkers and other aides.
Chiropractic adjustments help align your skeletal system properly so you’re not putting too much pressure on certain bones and joints and too little on others. The adjustments also help strengthen the muscles around your skeletal system, making everyday movement easier.
Better balance means more control over your body and less fear of falling, leading to a higher quality of life.
When to See a Chiropractor If You’re Struggling with Balance, Dizziness, or Vertigo
If you’ve recently had an accident or surgery that involved your neck or back and have had bouts of dizziness or trouble with your balance, a chiropractor can help uncover any hidden injuries you may have suffered.
Lack of balance and dizziness may seem like minor problems initially, but if you are constantly struggling, it’s essential to seek treatment before they cause you to fall and injure yourself further. Constant dizziness and lack of balance reduce your ability to live a normal life, and that’s not something anyone wants to deal with.
At Lakes Chiropractic & Wellness, we want your body in peak condition so you can live life to the fullest. That’s why we go the extra mile to give each patient personalized care for their ailment, as well as the tools and tips on how to further treatment at home to strengthen your body.
No one should have to walk around worried they might fall at any moment, so if you’re struggling with vertigo or other balance issues, schedule a visit with us today.