Vertigo is often referred to as a sensation that the world is spinning. This common type of dizziness only gets more frequent as a person ages. It’s no wonder that one in three Americans over the age of 65 has a fall each year. Is there any way to help vertigo that does not involve medication with side effects? Here are a few suggestions.
The Epley, Semont, and Foster Maneuvers
The Epley Maneuver is a series of head positions that work to “reset” the crystals inside the ear that help determine balance and position. Use of this practice is based on the idea that benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is caused by misplaced calcium crystals in the inner ear.
The Semont Maneuver is very much like the Epley Maneuver and involves using head position to combat vertigo.
The Forest Maneuver requires a little more flexibility, but some actually find it the easiest of the three maneuvers. With a little searching, it is easy to find instructions for performing these three maneuvers.
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There’s just one problem: All of these maneuvers assume that the problem is caused in the inner ear, and therefore they may only provide temporary relief.
Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care for Vertigo
The focus of upper cervical chiropractic is on the C1 and C2 vertebrae at the base of the skull. These vertebrae literally keep your head on straight. If a misalignment occurs, this an affect the brainstem, blood flow to the brain, and the vestibulocochlear nerve—all factors that can lead to vertigo.
In one study involving 139 patients with Meniere’s disease (a rare condition that has vertigo as a primary symptom), the 136 patients who did not quit the study after 6 weeks saw significant vertigo improvement. It is interesting to note that all of the study’s participants had experienced a whiplash-type injury showing the connection between neck problems and vertigo.
If you are experiencing vertigo, especially if you have suffered a head or neck injury, upper cervical chiropractic may be the natural solution you have been searching for.
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