Vertigo is a common condition that affects a surprisingly large percentage of adults. Vertigo is often times thought of as another word for dizziness. However, dizziness can mean either vertigo or lightheadedness and it’s important to know the difference.
Unlike Vertigo, lightheadedness is a feeling that you are about to faint or pass out. With lightheadedness, you do not feel as if the environment around you is moving. Vertigo is a condition where you feel like you or your surroundings are spinning even though you are in a stationary position.
At Baker Chiropractic and Wellness, we’ve been distinguishing the difference between vertigo and lightheadedness for over 18 years. This enables us to implement the proper treatment plan to relieve your dizziness. Our treatments are safe, effective and do not involve the use of prescription medications. Please contact us at (513) 561-2273 or Schedule an Appointment here on our website. We can help you alleviate vertigo!
Vertigo is a result of conflict between signals sent to the brain by various sensory systems of the body that control balance and position. Your brain relies on the input from 4 Sensory Systems working in harmony with one another to maintain balance. These Sensory Systems are as follow:
1. Sensory Nerves: Nerves throughout your body constantly track position and orientation and communicate with your brain to make adjustments in order to keep balance.
2. Vision: Your eyes tell your brain where you are in relationship to your environment and what adjustments need to be made.
3. Skin Pressure: This sensation provides information to your brain about your body’s relationship with gravity.
4. Inner Ear: Your inner ear plays a vital role in detecting motion, changes in position and communicating that information to your brain to maintain balance.
Causes of vertigo typically stem from problems with one of the 4 Sensory Systems. When one or more of these systems is not working properly, the information being supplied to your brain becomes distorted and vertigo can develop.
Vertigo may be caused by such things as:
1. Injuries or trauma to your ears, eyes or head.
2. Damage to your Central Nervous System.
3. Inhaling or ingesting chemicals (including medications)
4. Disorders including:
Meniere’s Disease (Disorder of the Inner Ear)
Labyrinthitis (Inflammation of the Inner Ear)
Migraine Headaches (when associated with Vertigo is termed Vestibular Migraines or Migrainous Vertigo)
Vertigo caused by problems with the inner ear is called Peripheral Vertigo. Any cause of inflammation in the inner ear such as a common cold or bacterial infections may cause Peripheral Vertigo, as may chemicals and physical trauma.
Vertigo stemming from the brain is called Central Vertigo. Central Vertigo is typically milder than Peripheral Vertigo but involves neurological problems such as slurred speech and double vision.
Problems with the central nervous system including migraine headaches and multiple sclerosis may lead to vertigo.
These symptoms can last from as little as a few minutes to many hours. The symptoms may also be chronic.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common form of vertigo. BPPV is usually initiated by moving your head in certain directions or sudden head movements. These may include tipping your head up or down, and by lying down, turning over or sitting up in bed. You may also feel out of balance when standing or walking.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can be a bothersome problem. Baker Chiropractic and Wellness has 18 years of experience effectively treating BPPV.
Don’t just take our word for it. This is what one of the many Baker Chiropractic and Wellness patients suffering from vertigo had to say:
I used to take muscle relaxers and pain medicine, but since I’ve been coming to Dr. Baker’s office I no longer need them. The constant pain would sometimes keep me awake at night. Now I am sleeping better and without pain. At home, I would leave certain chores go undone because I was unable to do them without having severe pain. That has been changed around since becoming a patient. Now I feel like I am actually accomplishing things at home. There were many days at work where I would actually pray to get through my shift because the pain was so intense. However, I am no longer having that problem because most of the pain has subsided.
Another issue I had prior to becoming a patient was vertigo. Every time I would turn my head, I felt very dizzy. It became a regular occurrence but after getting adjusted, the dizziness stopped.
The added bonus of being Dr. Baker’s patient is that he and his staff are all wonderful! I feel like I have gained a bunch of new friends!” - Sharon Thomas
Life doesn’t have to be lived battling vertigo. Please give us a call at (513) 561-2273 or Schedule an Appointment at 1 of our 4 Cincinnati Area Baker Chiropractic and Wellness Locations.