Vertigo is defined as a feeling that you or the things around you are spinning when there is no movement at all. This is experienced more and more as one begins to age. In fact, 1 out of every 3 Americans over 65 years of age fall each year. Some of these falls are due to vertigo. Thankfully, there are some solutions that do not involve invasive procedures or medication. What are these?
Particular Maneuvers That May Help Vertigo
One theory as to the onset of vertigo has to do with crystals of the inner ear that have moved out of position. There are a few different maneuvers that may work to reset these crystals, as they are responsible for sending signals to the brain about balance and position.
- The Epley maneuver: This is a series of head positions that work to move the crystals of the ear back into their original place.
- The Semont maneuver: Very similar to the Epley, this also involves certain head positions to counteract vertigo.
- The Forest maneuver: This requires a little more flexibility but some find it to be the easiest of the three maneuvers.
You can find directions on how to do these maneuvers here. However, you may want a therapist to help you the first time you attempt them. The only problem with these maneuvers is that it is being assumed the inner ear is the problem. The truth is, the problem may lie a little lower in the upper cervical spine.
Vertigo Responds to Upper Cervical Chiropractic
A study involving 139 Meniere’s disease patients (a rare illness in which vertigo is the main symptom) proves just how effective upper cervical care can be. Out of these, 136 patients who remained in the study for the full 6 weeks saw great improvement in their symptoms after getting adjustments to their atlas. Interestingly, each of them recalled having some sort of trauma to their head or neck at some time prior to developing vertigo.
Here at Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California, we help our patients with vertigo by using a gentle method to realign the top bones of the neck. This is often all that is needed to see an improvement in or the end of vertigo.
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Dr. Armen Manoucherian of Health Edge Family Spinal Care in Glendale, California is a Glendale Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). He has helped many children and adults find natural relief in Glendale, California. His upper cervical clinic also serves the communities of Pasadena, Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Burbank. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems. More information can be found on his website at http://www.healthedgela.com