Do you often get a feeling that everything around you is spinning? Is it hard to keep your balance while standing up? Do you sometimes experience intense ringing in your ears? These symptoms could be due to vertigo. Vertigo can also cause swaying, sweating, nausea, or hearing loss. Symptoms of vertigo are uncomfortable and annoying, and it can be dangerous depending on when the symptoms present themselves. Vertigo may not be a life-threatening or chronic disease, but it can come and go without warning, leading to a poor quality of life. If you are living with vertigo, there is hope for relief. Chiropractic care from a Bentonville chiropractor may be the answer you have been looking for.
Vertigo: An Inner Ear Issue
The feelings that are caused by vertigo may not at first seem like they have anything to do with your ears, but they do. There are three types of vertigo, and each one is caused by a different inner ear issue. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV, is a result of calcium particles that have formed in the ears over time. Vestibular neuritis is an inner ear problem that is caused by multiple ear infections, leading to inflammation and vertigo. The third from of vertigo is called Meniere’s disease and it is largely due to fluid and pressure buildup in the ear that gives rise to vertigo. Whatever type of vertigo is affecting you, Dr. Tom Niemela, a respected Bentonville chiropractor, can help ease your symptoms to bring about relief.
How Does Chiropractic Help Vertigo?
It may seem like a far-fetched idea that a spinal adjustment can actually improve inner ear problems. But when you study the body, you will learn that cervical misalignments can actually block fluid in the ears from draining properly, which is a root cause of vertigo. Gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments will remove these misalignments to remove inner ear debris and allow the fluid to drain properly. With regular chiropractic adjustments, your spine will stay in alignment to promote proper ear function and significantly decrease intensity and frequency of vertigo symptoms so that you can find relief from the pain and misery associated with the dizziness or unbalanced feelings of vertigo.
Case Studies Support Chiropractic Care for Vertigo
The science behind chiropractic care shows that it is not only beneficial for vertigo relief, but also for improving overall health, wellness, and quality of life. Case studies have shown that it is an effective and safe method for managing vertigo. In one such case study, eight men and women were under chiropractic care for three months to address BPPV. At the end of the three months, all eight people saw a decrease in their vertigo symptoms. In another case study, twenty individuals sought chiropractic care for eight weeks. Almost all of them reported improved balance as well as decreased neck pain and dizziness.
If vertigo has affected your life, it’s time to do something about it. Get in touch with Dr. Tom Niemela of Arbor Vitae Chiropractic and see for yourself how neurologically-based chiropractic care can be beneficial for both vertigo and your overall health.
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