Chiropractic Can Help Your Vertigo and Balance Problems

Many people suffer from vertigo and balance problems. When it occurs, it is very disabling to the patient. Not only is there a sense of spinning or dizziness on standing, sitting or even laying down, it can also produce vomiting, nausea and sweating symptoms.

It can be caused by many factors, but the good news is that it is treatable and you don’t have to endlessly suffer from it. This condition is usually diagnosed based on the patients observations and feelings, because there aren’t any lab test that can verify the problem.

There is a type that seems to be more prevalent and it is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or, BPPV. Around 20% of dizzy conditions are due to this and it can rise to 50% in older individuals.

It’s also important to understand that vertigo and balance problems can be an effect of more serious problems such as tumors, stroke and other neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis. Most likely you will have already been diagnosed with any one of these conditions or it will be picked up in a thorough examination.

What are some causes of BPPV?

  • A serious virus or cold
  • A trauma to the head
  • Minor strokes
  • Aging

Another very common reason is a whiplash injury. This can happen from an auto accident or any other activity causing a severe whipping motion to the head. Unfortunately, a lot of the cases have no known reason or are idiopathic in nature.

Can Chiropractic Help My Vertigo?
Some research published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research has shown that there areĀ  positive results to patients receiving chiropractic for balance and vertigo complaints. The study consisted of 60 participants that had been previously diagnosed by their medical doctor with different degrees of vertigo and received chiropractic for their condition.

When each of the participants were examined it was found that all of them had vertebral subluxations. This was confirmed by using a para spinal infrared digital imager and laser aligned radiography.

All of the participants in the study received chiropractic corrections and all of them did respond positively to those treatments. However, the response times from person to person varied from one month all the way up to 6. Forty-eight of the sixty treated were completely symptom free by six months.

The other 12 showed improvement, but still had episodes of varying lengths and intensities. There is a link between trauma to the upper cervical region and the symptoms of vertigo. This gives hope and promise that proper chiropractic care can help with the sometimes ongoing symptoms of vertigo and balance problems, so you don’t have to just live with it for the rest of your life.