Vertigo

Vertigo is a sensation of spinning, and any movement of the head or body can make vertigo symptoms worse. Vertigo frequently begins following some type of trauma. For example, a car accident or sport injury, a whiplash or concussion may result in vertigo. Chronic vertigo could be a signal that a misalignment has occurred in the upper cervical spine. When left untreated, poor balance and lack of bodily control may result in accidents and injuries. Chiropractic manipulation, particularly in the upper neck, helps your muscles and aligns the neck to the brain. Symptoms of vertigo vary in each individual. Some common vertigo symptoms may include:

  • Frequent headaches
  • Loss of hearing
  • Nausea
  • Ringing in the ears
  • A spinning feeling
  • Swaying when standing upright
  • Constant sweating
  • Lack of balance

Did you know…

… Nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults experience vertigo at least once in their lifetime. Women are more likely to experience vertigo than men, according to the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Although one may experience vertigo at any age, it occurs most often in those over fifty years old.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Should I see a chiropractor for my vertigo?

Yes. The underlying causes of your vertigo may be upper neck problems, motion sickness, a side effect of medication, or poor circulation. Infections or injuries to the inner ear may also lead to dizziness. Dr. Witherspoon will work with you to find the cause of your dizziness and decide the best form of treatment. He may decide to take x-rays and give you a chiropractic adjustment to allow your nervous system — your body’s master control system — to function at its highest possible level. The spine encases the spinal cord, a crucial part of your nervous system. The chiropractic adjustment is designed to help facilitate better communication between the brain and the rest of your body. As issues in the ears or in the lymph and immune system (such as an infection) can affect vertigo, receiving chiropractic care may position you to heal faster and with greater ease.

What should I expect during my appointment?

Dr. Witherspoon will first examine you and discuss possible reasons for your vertigo. He may ask about your diet and daily habits to pinpoint the reason. Substances that stimulate or depress the nervous system, such as caffeine, tobacco, or alcohol may be triggering your vertigo. If he finds a physical reason for your vertigo, he may suggest x-rays. He may also recommend massage.

Is there anything I should be doing to help alleviate my vertigo between treatments?

Yes. You should get an adequate amount of sleep. Some feelings of vertigo may be triggered or become worse if you suffer from a lack of sleep. Additionally, make sure you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. It might also help to limit your sodium intake. If you pursue care to resolve this issue, Dr. Witherspoon may also teach you exercises to focus your body’s mechanics and improve your balance.