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Chiropractic Treatment For Vertigo and Dizziness in Everett WA

Suffering from vertigo and dizziness can hinder the quality of your daily life. Patients have found that complementing their treatment plan with a chiropractic routine helps ease symptoms. Utilizing a chiropractor for vertigo is a holistic approach that encourages the body to heal naturally. 

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo causes a person to feel dizzy and unbalanced. Some experience feeling like the floor and room are spinning when you’re sitting or standing. Not every vertigo case is the same. The symptoms vary based on the cause of vertigo. Issues in the inner ear or the brain can be responsible for this condition. 

The peripheral nervous system consists of nerves in your inner ear and the rest of your body. The peripheral system does not include your brain and spinal cord. The chiropractor can bring dizziness relief to you and help your body heal. 

Problems in the inner ear induce peripheral vertigo. These are the most common types of vertigo cases. On the other hand, central vertigo can come from injuries and brain stem issues. Car crash and whiplash victims are most likely to have central vertigo instead of peripheral. Both can be treated by visiting the chiropractor for vertigo.  

These are some common symptoms for both types of vertigo:

  • Tinnitus or ear ringing
  • Spinning sensations 
  • Dizziness 
  • Sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headaches 
  • Swaying 
  • Falling 
boy with dizziness and headache caused from vertigo

You May Have Peripheral Vertigo If…

Inner ear problems accompanied by dizziness should receive a proper diagnosis by a medical professional. 

Here are some inner ear issues that lead to vertigo. 

  • BBPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) is a type of peripheral vertigo that is triggered by head position changes. Since the inner ear is responsible for your sense of balance, BBPV disruptions cause dizziness and spinning sensations. 
  • Meniere’s Disease causes vertigo, tinnitus or ear ringing, and hearing loss. Excess fluid in the ear canal can lead to swelling that distorts the inner ear’s sense of balance. 
  • Labyrinthitis/Vestibular Neuritis causes swelling and inflammation in the vestibular system like Meniere’s but is the result of ear infection instead of disease.

Vertigo episodes that are peripheral may be characterized by swelling sensations in the ears. 

You May Have Central Vertigo If…

Central vertigo has to do with central nervous system problems. The central nervous system is responsible for balance and coordination, just like the inner ear. The inner ear operates outside of the nervous system, which is why vertigo is classified into two categories. 

The central nervous system is made up of the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord. Central vertigo is caused by either internal or external damage to those parts of the body. 

If you have experienced a car crash, whiplash, or any injury to your head, neck, and spine, then you may have experienced central vertigo. Other causes include strokes, tumors, migraines, cervicogenic dizziness, and MS (multiple sclerosis). 

Central vertigo does induce symptoms that may not be present in peripheral vertigo.

  • Uncontrollable eye movement
  • Difficulty swallowing 
  • Weakness
  • Neck pain
  • Longer and more severe vertigo episodes

Can a Chiropractic Adjustment Help with Vertigo?

Visiting a chiropractor can help reduce your vertigo symptoms. 

Peripheral and central vertigo is rooted in physical abnormalities. This means the body can be altered physically to heal vertigo symptoms. 

Spinal misalignment and head positioning are aspects that chiropractors address to ease vertigo. Treatment is dependent on the cause of vertigo. 

Aligning the Spine 

Repositioning your spine may solve your vertigo issues. The spine is part of the central nervous system, and injuries here can cause central vertigo. Having a misalignment in your spine can cause inner ear dysfunction and peripheral vertigo as well. 

The parts of your spine between the base of your head to the top of your back are crucial to the health of both nervous systems. A misalignment in this upper neck area can cause: 

  • Irregular blood flow to the ears, leading to peripheral vertigo.
  • Slow communication between the brain and the rest of the body, causing central vertigo.

The chiropractor can maneuver this part of your spine to regain proper positioning. A well-aligned spine will improve the health of your inner ear and central nervous system. 

Epley Maneuver 

The Epley Maneuver focuses on the inner ear. This involves shifting the head in different directions to “recalibrate” the inner ear’s sense of balance. 

Peripheral vertigo is affected by head positioning, purposefully maneuvering the head can adjust the inner ear functioning and relieve that pain. 

Call Us Today

If you have been diagnosed with vertigo or suspect that you may have it, you can give Hanson Chiropractic a call at 425-902-4996 or send us a message to schedule an appointment to discuss chiropractic adjustment and treatment. We are located in South Everett. Curious to see if chiropractic treatment will help with your vertigo?

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