Chiropractic and benign positional vertigo

Chiropractic and benign positional vertigoToday’s article is on vertigo. Vertigo is usually described as a spinning sensation (loss of balance, dizziness). It is important to know that many health conditions can cause vertigo, from benign conditions to more severe conditions. This article talks about the most common form of vertigo: the benign positional vertigo.

This type of vertigo generally affects more women than men and is more frequent between 50 and 57 years old.

Many theories exist to explain the benign positional vertigo. One of the theories is the formation of small “particles” called “otoliths” in the semicircular canals of the inner ear. Those canals are filled with liquid and are responsible for sending signals to the brain concerning our position, thus contributing to our balance. When there are particles in the canals, wrong signals are sent to the brain, causing the spinning sensation.

The symptoms usually last a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the patient. Vertigo can be associated with nausea and vomiting. Generally, the vertigo is influenced by the position of the head.

What should you do if you are suffering from vertigo? It is recommended to consult your chiropractor in order for him to evaluate your condition. The chiropractor will try to determine the source of the vertigo. If the vertigo is caused by a condition that cannot be treated with chiropractic care, the chiropractor will be able to refer you to the appropriate health professional.  However, if you are suffering from benign positional vertigo, your chiropractor could be able to help you. A special maneuver called “Epley’s maneuver” exists in order to decrease the vertigo. Your chiropractor will be able to show you the technique and will give you recommendations to prevent the recurrence of the symptoms.