Stop the Spinning: How to End Vertigo

Posted on: February 5th, 2019

Vertigo, which is the feeling of dizziness, can make the room you’re in feel as if it’s shifting around you. Over 50 percent of the population will experience vertigo at some point in their lives.

Vertigo can be a chronic issue, often accompanied by nausea, headaches, sweating, or dizziness. Most people go through spells of having it for a while and then it comes and goes.

Vertigo can be triggered by a position, or how you’re lying down. The actual cause is typically unknown, although there are some theories. Here at Align Wellness Center, we have had success in managing some of these theories and naturally managing vertigo and dizziness.

In our office, we have had outstanding success in managing and balancing the tension of the spinal cord on the nervous system. This frees up the nerves that are irritated while you’re experiencing that spinning feeling, allowing for you to move better, get up and down from lying down easier, and helps you live the life you want.

Also, vertigo mostly affects women. So if you’re one of the women suffering from this, we can help you to find the cause and get this problem treated naturally, without other invasive, irreversible treatment.

If you have vertigo or dizziness, you may be wondering why it is happening.

There are 4 common areas that contribute and supply information to the vestibular, or balance portions of your brain. These are typically the key places we look to find a solution to your balance problems. These areas are especially essential to look at for people who have been undergoing treatment for chronic dizziness with no success.

The first area of the four is commonly looked at for treatment. The less common three areas are where we will focus, as they are essential to look at for people who have been treated for chronic vertigo with no success:

  1. Semicircular canals in the ear
  • These are the most common area of the balanced center to be looked at and targeted with treatment for dizziness and balance issues.
  • They consist of 3 canals on each side of the ear.
  • They are fluid-filled
  • They have follicles, or hair-like projections, that when you shift positions in your head, they sense where they are and provide feedback for the brain.
  • This typically provides 75% of information related to balance.
  1. Joint and muscle receptors in the neck
  • These receptors are primarily in the upper part of the neck and are called mechanoreceptors.
  • They provide feedback to the brain as to where the body is in space.
  • They’re found in muscles, joints, and discs of the spine.
  • The information they provide back to the brain lets you know where you are.
  • If there’s disconnection on these messages it can trigger or support dizziness.
  1. Vision
  • Vestibular centers of the eye and nerves from the eye gather information from the eyes and transmit it back to the brain.
  1. TMJ (jaw)
  • Muscles of mastication, as well as proprioceptors in the jaw provide massive amounts of feedback to the brain in the balance centers.
  • If these are disconnected or out of proportion they can cause problems.

Studies show that people with a history of vertigo have altered posture and increased pressure within the discs of the spine (particularly the front area).  It causes more pain receptors to develop and responding within the balance centers of the brain. This increase in feedback alters the perception of what is going on and causes this spinning disorder to occur.

Because of this, it’s important to have the spine checked by a biomechanical expert that focuses on managing and understanding the spinal curves to bring them back to balance.

At Align Wellness Center, that’s what we do. We focus on understanding the biomechanics and spinal curves so we can make sure that you wind up working as efficiently as you can and make vertigo a thing of your past.

We’ve mentioned why you may be struggling with vertigo, so now you may be wondering how you can do something about it.

There is a maneuver we work with our patients on, and it’s something you can do at home. It helps to regulate and balance out some of the particles that may be loose in the vestibular canals of the ears.

To practice this maneuver:

  1. First, make sure you’re prepped with a chair that has arms for holding yourself up and make sure it has a back to it to keep you from falling back.
  2. Stand up.
  3. Holding on to the arms of the chair, bend your head as far forward as you can down between your legs.
  4. Hold that position until any dizziness or imbalance goes away.
  5. After you’ve done that, hold this position for 10-30 seconds without any dizziness.
  6. Quickly move to a seated position.
  7. Sit for 30 seconds.

See the video for a demonstration on how to perform this maneuver.

Along with this exercise, there are also things you can add into your diet to help reduce symptoms and reduce the likelihood of another occurrence:

  • Ginger
  • Almonds
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Lemons

Adding these into your diet can help to reduce the frequency, severity, and intensity of vertigo symptoms.

Another thing you can do is to hydrate. Typically, you should be drinking about half of your body weight in fluid ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should be drinking 100 fluid ounces a day.

If you don’t drink this much now, start adding water slowly. Add a cup a day for about a week and gradually increase your water intake until you get to where it needs to be.

If you try this advice and still aren’t seeing results, send us an email and we can help you find further natural treatment.

Here in the office, we’ve had about 12 cases of vertigo in the past month that we’ve been able to help people with using a special, unique process. If you’ve tried vestibular therapy, physical therapy, positional maneuvers, medications, or even surgery, and still have had no success, or if you haven’t tried any therapy yet and would like to find natural, noninvasive treatment, take the next step and contact us to see what we can do for you.

One of the tools we use for adjustments in our office is called an Arthrostim. This tool provides an impulse. We can use it across the neck, or cervical spine, to create motion in the spine so we can wind up enhancing the motion and provide motion to the discs and bones within the neck. This motion is essential to provide feedback to the balance centers of the brain.

We find that one of the main causes of dizziness ends up being changes to the cervical spine and neck.

An article recently compared physical therapy in a traditional sense to a process called spinal remodeling. 40 studies were done on patients receiving each of these treatments. After 30 visits, people receiving both therapies felt better.

These groups were followed for another year. What they found was that after a year, patients that received spinal remodeling felt even better than when they finished the treatment. The group that received physical therapy felt worse than when they started the treatment.

Spinal remodeling is what we specialize in here in our office. A common tool to help with this is called a Denneroll. A Denneroll is a tool that is placed under the neck and helps correct the curve of your cervical spine. It’s not right for everyone, but we can help determine if it’s a treatment that will benefit you.

Vertigo can be a challenging, frustrating problem to have. If you or someone you know has gone through vestibular therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, or are on medications for dizziness, and the treatments are not working, try looking toward a more natural treatment. Cervical spine remodeling may be right for you.

One of our patients, Jean, has been with us now for only a couple weeks and is being treated for intermittent vertigo. She says she now has less dizziness, and no dizziness at all in the morning when getting out of bed. She says she is standing straighter and that her chest is now opened up and she can walk up a flight of stairs without becoming short of breath when she couldn’t do this before.

When asked what she would say to someone who has vertigo or struggled with it in the past she said, “They should try your interventions. It’s worked well for me thus far and I’m going to keep it up.”

To see Jean’s full interview, check out the video.

If you’re having vertigo or dizziness or know someone who is, contact us so we can find out what’s causing it and find a treatment designed specifically for you.

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