Vertigo and Dizziness

Vertigo and Dizziness

Can Chiropractic care help Vertigo? 

The short answer is YES. But there are multiple causes of dizziness or Vertigo. Your Chiropractor  must ask to further describe the complaint of dizziness in order to gain a clearer understanding of which body systems are involved. Dizziness may be perceived as spinning of the room or self, imbalance or lack of coordination while walking, or simple lightheadedness or the sensation of almost fainting. The sensation of spinning is generally attributed to dysfunction of the vestibular and central processing systems, whereas a sensation of imbalance or lack of coordination is more likely due to cerebellar or proprioceptive dysfunction. Lightheadedness or a sense of almost fainting suggest vascular, dehydration or psychological cause.  

After a proper evaluation by the Chiropractor that would include taking a good history on the patient's symptoms and both a physical and neurological examination the Chiropractor can then see whether the patient should be referred out to another specialist or treat the cause of the patient's dizziness . 

How can Chiropractic Care help Vertigo? 

Chiropractic manipulation can help solve Cervicogenic vertigo or Mechanical Vertigo in which both are associated with cervical joint dysfunction. Your chiropractor will use manipulations targeting joints that are not moving properly in the upper neck, faulty motion patterns create misinformation about body position and movement going from the joints to the brain. This type of vertigo, called cervicogenic vertigo and can be helped by chiropractic manipulation.

Positioning maneuvers by your chiropractors can also help with  benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). The inner ear houses the body's true balance center, the vestibulocochlear system. This complex system of fluid-filled tubes lined with hair-like sensors provides information to the central nervous system about position and movement. In some individuals, debris or crystals may accumulate there. If they settle on sensitive areas within the tubes or the hair-like sensors, it may result in vertigo.

If the patient's vertigo appears to be coming from the inner ear, a chiropractor may use the Epley Maneuver to reposition the debris to a more innocuous position.

Should I see a Chiropractic Doctor or a Medical Doctor for my Vertigo?

A proper evaluation by your Chiropractic Doctor to determine the cause of your dizziness is where it all starts. That's when either a treatment plan is set by the Chiropractor or a referral to a medical doctor if its due to a systemic disease, drugs, or psychological dysfunction is suspected as the cause