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2 Ways We Can Help with Vertigo

Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off-balance. If you have these dizzy spells, you might feel like you are spinning or that the world around you is spinning.

Did you know that vertigo could be caused a cervical subluxation?

In simplest terms, a subluxation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine.

Many things can lead to subluxation. Some of the more common causes include:

  • A vertebra going out of place (“misalignment”) because of a slip or fall (i.e., “macro/micro trauma).

  • The entire spine misaligning globally due to poor posture.

  • Joint swelling caused by damage done to the intervertebral joint.

  • An inflammatory response caused by a poor diet, lack of water, or psychological stress.

  • Osteoporosis or degenerative changes of the spine or intervertebral discs.

  • Trigger points line physical/chemical/emotional stress

  • Tight back muscles that pull the vertebrae out of place.

There is hope. We want to share a few ways we have helped our clients to get relief.

Getting Adjusted

Two types of chiropractic treatment that can be used to treat vertigo include manipulation and positioning maneuvers.

  • Manipulation can help with allowing the nervous system to operate properly and balance the pathways, allowing your balance to be restored.  Manipulation works to target joints, particularly in the upper neck, to realign and help with the muscles and alignment of the neck to the brain.

  • Epley Maneuver is a type of maneuver that helps to clear the debris that is settling in the vestibulocochlear apparatus. The vestibulocochlear apparatus is our “balance center” for our bodies and if there is debris that collects there, it will cause us to experience symptoms of vertigo.

In this case study, the patient showed substantial improvement in balance while undergoing multimodal chiropractic care and practicing eye and balance exercises

Getting Tested for Vitamin Deficiency

Vertigo isn’t the only reason you might feel dizzy, so if symptoms seem to keep coming back, it’s a good idea to get a blood test done.

The Relationship Between Vitamin D and Vertigo

Recent studies have found that you may have severe episodes of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) when you have vitamin D deficiency as there is a connection between vertigo and osteoporosis.

You develop osteoporosis with reductions in bone mineral density, and this may also lead to the recurrence of BPPV. Vitamin D can help maintain healthy bones and lower the risk of falls and fractures. What it means is that vitamin D helps with vertigo by treating your osteoporosis and improving bone mineral density.

What Should You Do?

Before going any further, you should first have your vitamin D levels checked. You can have your vitamin-D level checked by taking a 25 hydroxyvitamin D blood test. Anything lower than 30 μg/mL means you have vitamin D deficiency. Many experts believe that you should keep your vitamin D levels higher than 50 μg/mL. 

If you are deficient in vitamin D, increasing your intake of this vitamin may make a huge difference and limit the recurrence of BPPV. You may have to take up to 5,000 IU of vitamin D a day to raise your levels to the normal range. Spending some time out in the sun (15-30 minutes a day) may also help.

Vitamin B6 And The Nervous System

The family of B vitamins is one that has provided many vertigo sufferers some relief from their symptoms. Vitamin B12 for vertigo and vitamin B6 offers support for a healthy nervous system. Part of the nervous system involves the equilibratory system – the ears, inner ear canals, eyes, cranial nerves, and the brain, which are the same parts of the body that are involved with vertigo symptoms. It is important to note that while a lack of vitamin B6 could cause problems that result in dizziness, dizziness is not an indication of a lack of this vitamin.

Adjustments and checking your level of vitamins are two ways that we can help you to end your battle with vertigo. Call us today to schedule your appointment. 828-82-8005

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