Dizziness and Chiropractic care

Dizziness is one of the most common complaints in the Chiropractic setting. Dizziness is often one of the most common complaints after a whiplash injury to the neck. Dizziness may occur in as much as 50% of the elderly. Dizziness may be perceived in a number of ways. In some instances the room may spins. Other types of dizziness may be felt as an imbalance of motion, lack of coordination, lightheadedness or a sensation of being near fainting. Spinning rooms are most often the result of inner ear dysfunction. Lightheadedness is usually attributed to circulatory conditions.
Cervicogenic vertigo refers to dizziness caused by the neck. Usually a history of neck trauma, muscle spasm and restricted motion of the neck is associated with cervicogenic vertigo. The Chiropractic approach is to address the joint dysfunction with adjustments to the spine and myofascial release techniques to address tight muscles and trigger points. Trigger points in the muscles of the neck may refer pain into the face or head and may cause dizziness if compressed or irritated.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo refers to vertigo that is associated with dysfunction of the inner ear. This condition causes vertigo at certain head positions and the vertigo lasts for seconds to minutes. Such things as bending over, head turning or rolling over in bed are known to trigger the condition. Trauma is one possible cause. Older persons are more at risk due to lower functioning of the canals of the inner ear. The treatment is most often exercises that place the head in the irritating position until the vertigo stops or repositioning exercises. Medication and surgery are not often used. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is the most common cause of vertigo
Meniere’s disease is sudden and severe vertigo that is associated with hearing loss and ringing of the ears. The vertigo can last for several hours or a day. Head trauma or infections are sometimes a cause of Meniere’s disease.

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