Dizziness, Vertigo, and Chiropractic
Did you know dizziness is a common condition treated by chiropractors? While dizziness can be caused by a number of factors, in many cases dizziness is related to dysfunctions in the cervical spine.
Chiropractors specialize in correcting spinal dysfunctions, so it is no surprise that chiropractic spinal adjustments and other myofascial/rehabilitative treatments can cure dizziness for many patients. Multiple medical studies have pointed to the effectiveness of chiropractic care and exercise rehabilitation in relieving dizziness and vertigo.
The types of dizziness that most often fall in the realm of chiropractic care are vertigo and disequilibrium.
The cervical spine in your neck plays an important role in regulating the body's sense of equilibrium. Often disequilibrium originates with disorders in the cervical spine. Patients with disequilibrium may feel unsteady or a loss of balance as they walk. Causes of disequilibrium include:
Inner ear (vestibular) problems
Joint and muscle problems
Patients with vertigo experience a spinning sensation that is either persistent or brought on by a specific movement. Vertigo can be caused by:
Inflammation in the inner ear
Meinere's disease (a build up of excessive fluid in the inner ear)
Other rare causes include stroke, brain hemorrhage, or multiple sclerosis. In these conditions additional symptoms are typically present like double vision, numbness, extreme balance difficulties, and slurred speech.
Benign positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of dizziness which results from dysfunctions in the labyrinthine in the inner ear. Although about half of all BPPV cases have no known cause, many cases of BPPV are related to:
Neck trauma or whiplash
Severe cold or virus
How Buffalo Chiropractic Center Can Help Dizziness:
With a careful examination and symptom analysis, Dr. Palmer can identify the underlying cause of your dizziness. Spinal adjustments and exercise rehabilitation can relieve patients of vertigo and dizziness in many cases. If we do not believe chiropractic will work for your case, we may refer you to neurologist or your primary care provider.
We successfully eased dizziness and vertigo for several patients in Cheektowaga, NY. Call Buffalo Chiropractic for an appointment today.
Chiropractic alleviates dizziness and neck pain
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