Vertigo, is there an easy fix? According to the NY Times there is, but not so fast.
Vertigo, that sensation of the world spinning around you as you lose your balance and feel upset to your stomach. For some of us, it comes suddenly and so begins our journey into visiting many doctors with their many opinions as to why you are dizzy.
The most common opinion is that the crystals in the ear have gone misplaced causing the problem, while others have other complicated theories as to why it occurred. Recently, the NY Times weighed in on this phenomenon, yet, many people who visit their chiropractor seem to get relief, without any expensive tests, medicines or procedures.
Among chiropractors, vertigo seems to respond favorably to manipulation of the spine. In our office, every patient who has vertigo that responds to manipulation has one side of the body tight, while the other side strains. Many of these same patients have visited the Ear, Nose and Throat doctor and still had the problem, after many expensive tests and medications that do not solve the problem.
My theory is that the tightness extends through the lateral fascia up through the neck and causes an imbalance from the neck being restricted on one side, which affects the way you move about. Almost all patients after a few sessions see a cessation of the dizziness and an overall improvement of the way they feel and move.
Often, they have more energy and less overall pain and tightness too.
Is vertigo an inner ear problem, a postural problem, an asymmetry issue or possibly all of the above? Check out this NY Times article regarding the vertigo phenomenon. Perhaps, the chiropractor should be the next stop when changing your position fails to bring relief.
An Easy Fix for Vertigo
Paula Span FEB. 26, 2016
The first time it happened, in 2011, Bob Amberger thought he might be having a stroke.
A retired real estate agent and contractor in Modesto, Calif., he awoke one morning, started to climb out of bed and felt the room whirling around him. “œIt was the most disconcerting experience imaginable,” said Mr. Amberger, 71.
If he kept still, the sensation abated, “œbut as soon as I moved, it was a wild merry-go-round.”
Frightened, he called 911 and spent a day and a night at a hospital, undergoing thousands of dollars in tests “” CT scan, M.R.I., ultrasound, blood work “” that found nothing alarming. But whenever a nurse or doctor asked him to sit up in bed, he had to reach for the rails.
Two weeks later, still feeling as if he had a hangover, he saw his primary care doctor, who finally explained that Mr. Amberger had the most common kind of vertigo. Reassuringly, there was an easy fix.