Vertigo is the sensation of feeling off balance; either you might feel as if the world is spinning around your or that you are spinning. Vertigo is a hallmark symptom of Meniere’s disease and can certainly be one of the most difficult ones to cope with. Meniere’s is a disorder that affects the inner ear and is caused by an abnormal buildup of fluid which causes a pressure change in the ear.
Treatment for vertigo and Meniere’s disease is variable. Therapies aimed at rehabilitating the vestibular system, which is responsible for sending signals to the brain about head and body movements to maintain balance, are often used. Sometimes dietary recommendations are made to try and reduce the body’s overall fluid retention in hopes that some of the pressure in the ear will be reduced. No matter the treatment, however, if it doesn’t address the underlying cause of the problem, the symptoms will likely recur.
Vertigo and Your Spine
Whether your vertigo is due to Meniere’s disease or another source, it may share a common root cause. The upper cervical area of the spine might play an important role in achieving relief of vertigo symptoms. Upper cervical chiropractic is unique in that our focus is on maintaining normal atlas alignment so that proper brain-body signaling is protected. Your atlas, the uppermost vertebra in the spine, encircles the brainstem. The brainstem plays an important role in brain-body communication. In the case of vertigo, signals that come from sensors in the legs, arms, eyes, and ears can become distorted and cause the false sensation of spinning as well as other associated symptoms like nausea and tinnitus.
At Balanced Living, many of our patients who are experiencing vertigo as a result of Meniere’s disease or otherwise, have experienced some type of injury that has lead to an atlas misalignment. Many have had fender benders, slips and falls, or sporting accidents that many have seemed very mild at the time. However, an atlas misalignment that is left out of place for long enough to compromise normal brain-body communication can lead to abnormal function. If you are suffering from vertigo, especially if you have tried nearly everything else to find relief, then please contact us for a complimentary consultation. We might have the answer you’ve been seeking.
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