Vertigo is a common health condition with about 1 in 10 people experiencing it. While the Internet can be a great source for information, it can also provide misinformation sometimes. Because of this, you may find the following three facts about vertigo interesting.
Your Ear Is More Important to Balance Than Your Big Toe
The idea that balance is primarily affected by your big toe is a myth. In fact, one study said that people missing a big toe have almost no disability as a result. A fully functional ear, on the other hand, is far more important. An ear that isn’t functioning properly can cause vertigo and other forms of dizziness.
Problems with Vertigo and Balance Increase with Age
Okay, this may not be a surprise, but the degree to which they increase may be shocking. That number mentioned earlier about 1 in 10 experiencing vertigo increases to 40% after a person hits 40. It is no wonder that every year in the US about 1 in 3 adults aged 65 and over fall.
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It May Actually Be a Migraine
2 in 5 people who experience vertigo or other forms of dizziness also get migraines either at the same time or separately. The term that has been coined for this occurrence is migraine-associated vertigo. There is also a certain type of a migraine called a vestibular migraine that particularly affects the vestibular system, which includes the inner ear. In such cases, vertigo may accompany a migraine or even be the primary symptom with little to no head pain.
Upper Cervical Care Helps Vertigo Sufferers
Many studies back up the idea that vertigo is related to problems in the neck. In fact, an upper cervical misalignment can affect the vestibulocochlear nerve which communicates between the ear and the brain to help the body know where it is in space. As a result, even a slight neck misalignment can make it feel like the world is spinning.
If you are experiencing vertigo, especially if you have ever suffered head or neck trauma, come to Upper Cervical Health Center of Maine to learn how this specific form of chiropractic may benefit you.
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