Vertigo is often considered a spinning sensation, though it can refer to any false sensation of movement. A person or his surrounding may feel as if they are spinning or tilting to one side when there is no movement present. This can be unnerving and cause a person great anxiety. While it is not generally considered serious, it can be dangerous if it happens when a person is driving, climbing a ladder, or doing other similar activities that require one to focus.
Health Conditions Related to Vertigo
The following health conditions have vertigo as the main symptom:
- Labyrinthitis: Inflammation of the inner ear leading to hearing loss and vertigo
- BPPV: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is caused by the crystals of the inner ear moving out of place and interfering with proper fluid movement
- Vestibular Neuronitis: Nerves of the inner ear responsible for balance become inflamed
- Meniere’s disease: Symptoms include vertigo, a feeling of fullness in the affected ear, tinnitus, and possible hearing loss that may become permanent if not cared for
Finding Long-Term Relief from Vertigo
While medications have been known to relieve the symptoms of vertigo temporarily, one must look to the underlying solution to find a long-lasting resolution. The commonality between the above-mentioned conditions is that communication to and from the brain about keeping the body in balance is interrupted. This leads to such conditions as vertigo. So, one must find out why this internal communication is not working properly.
A connection between vertigo and a misalignment in the upper vertebrae of the neck is quite common. If either the C1 (atlas) or C2 (axis) is out of alignment, pressure may be exerted on the brainstem. While these bones normally have the job of protecting the brainstem, a misalignment causes them to do the opposite and hinder it from working properly.
Here at Health Edge Family Spinal Care, we use modern diagnostic technology to help identify where the problem lies within the upper neck. Once found, we use a gentle method that helps these bones to move back into place and relieves the pressure on the brainstem, allowing communication to return to normal. This often results in a decrease in the severity and frequency of vertigo or possibly an elimination of it completely.
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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