Vertigo has been increasingly becoming common especially for people at their middle ages. It is described as a disabling complaint because aside from the spinning feeling and dizziness, there are other associated symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. When you have vertigo, it can be difficult to perform your usually daily activities and with frequent vertigo attacks, it may affect your daily productivity.
Vertigo has a lot of causes. It can be due to a benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV wherein you feel a feeling of spinning and turning after you change position. BPPV considering it as benign is not a serious condition; however, the discomforts you may be feeling may prompt you to get immediate treatment. Other possible causes of vertigo are inner ear disorders such as labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis because any dysfunctions in the inner ear may affect the balance mechanism of the body. More serious causes may include brain tumor, stroke and other neurologic conditions. Despite these causes, it is a relief to know that vertigo is treatable and one way to address it conservatively is though chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care involves the correction of spinal subluxations and the flow of nerve impulse transmissions in various areas of the body so it is not surprising that a chiropractor can also help those with vertigo to get an optimal way of living. In fact, chiropractic treatment involves a special maneuver to especially cater to vertigo.
Before any treatments are made, chiropractors will usually diagnose the condition comprehensively to come up with an appropriate treatment modality. A complete history and physical examination may be done initially followed by specific tests. The Dix-Hallpike maneuver is commonly used to differentiate central vertigo from peripheral vertigo. After the diagnosis, various maneuvers are also employed to treat the condition.
The Epley/Semont Maneuver
This maneuver is a simple technique to address vertigo especially the BPPV type. This is a repositioning technique wherein the chiropractor will move the patient into various positions. The goal of this maneuver is to balance the substances in the inner ear so symptoms of vertigo may be relieved.
The Vestibular rehabilitation exercises
After your visit to a chiropractor, certain home exercises are also taught to help you recover fully from vertigo. These exercises may help rehabilitate the vestibular system so that no other symptoms may develop and to prevent the recurrence of vertigo.
According to studies, chiropractic care for vertigo has been found to effectively relieve symptoms by as much as 80% of the patients and full recovery has been seen after 3 to 4 treatments. There may be recurrence of symptoms; however, there is only a low rate, which is less than 10 percent.
People with vertigo usually forgo chiropractic care and would not think of the treatment initially. However, results of studies have already shown how chiropractors can effectively help relieve vertigo without medication and more aggressive approaches. Since chiropractors are experts on improving the neuromusculoskeletal conditions of clients, there is no doubt that all types of illness can benefit from chiropractic care including vertigo.