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Every Boise vertigo chiropractor wants to combat vertigo. Vertigo is quite a common symptom. It's the reason why it was broken into two categories based on the two specific regions of the body where the symptoms appear.
In this post, we will be talking about the distinctions between peripheral vertigo and central vertigo. We will also include what conditions trigger these symptoms, and lastly, how you will be able to find long-lasting vertigo relief.
Here are the two most common types of vertigo:
Peripheral vertigo is related to causes that originate from the ear. This kind of vertigo is often the consequence of problems within the inner ear. The inner ear detects spatial orientation and balance for the body. The “eighth cranial nerve” or the vestibular nerve transmits signals to the brain for processing. Then the brain picks up signals combined with other sensory information in the body. If anything disrupts this delicate system, vertigo becomes the result.
Peripheral Vertigo and Its Causes
Peripheral vertigo can be associated with several other diseases. If you have a cold or the flu, for example, it may cause inflammation that ends up leading to vertigo.
Inflammation that occurs in the inner ear is labyrinthitis. On the other hand, swelling inside the vestibular nerve is vestibular neuritis. In both cases, swelling and vertigo attacks usually clear up within a couple of weeks, by the end of the virus’ duration.
Below are a few other causes of peripheral vertigo that often lead to problems on a more frequent basis. If you have one of these conditions, you can consult a Boise vertigo chiropractor to care for it.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
BPPV or positional vertigo, refers to vertigo that occurs when you make head movements or sudden changes in head position. It can develop when the tiny crystals found in the inner ear canals move from their designated place.
However, take note that some doctors use this diagnosis as a catch-all when the fundamental cause of your vertigo is unclear. Therefore, as a result, this has become the most widespread diagnosis for vertigo. Thus, it makes peripheral vertigo far more common than central vertigo.
Meniere disease is a vestibular condition. It often affects just one ear, at least at its early stage. More often than not, severe vertigo is what pushes a person to go to the doctor since the attacks usually run for at least 20 minutes and may extend throughout the day.
There is congestion or feeling of fullness in the afflicted ear, partial hearing loss, and tinnitus in Meniere’s. Tinnitus and hearing loss are the symptoms that tend to increase the most as the condition gets worse.
Another condition that a Boise vertigo chiropractor can help with is central vertigo. Central vertigo relates to causes found within the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS manages how the body determines spatial orientation and balance. With central vertigo, the body is accepting the correct sensory data but failing to interpret it correctly. Vertigo is just one possible result of this wrong interpretation of signals by the brain.
Central Vertigo and Its Causes
Central vertigo is far more common than researchers estimate. What causes this type of vertigo to occur?
Head Injuries or Head Trauma
Post-concussion syndrome can lead to the start of vertigo. However, even if you didn’t sustain a concussion, vertigo may still appear in the coming weeks or months after experiencing a head or neck trauma.
Migraines are one of the most prevalent ailments in the United States, with 39 million Americans having them. In addition, researchers have found that up to 40% of individuals with migraines have vertigo as their primary symptom. In other words, migraines are one of the most common causes of vertigo.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
MS is another neurological disorder that has vertigo as one of its many symptoms.
Vertigo can also be due to the following:
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A Clinical Study on Vertigo & Upper Cervical Chiropractic
In a clinical study observing 60 patients with chronic vertigo, all patients had misalignments in the upper cervical spine. All 60 patients responded well to upper cervical chiropractic care. 48 became symptom-free, and the remaining 12 had significant improvements—they reported reduced frequency and severity of their vertigo attacks.
If you, a friend, or a loved one is living with frequent vertigo attacks, then isn’t it time to do something about them soon? Are you always worried when the next attack will appear? How can anyone stop the false sensations of movement caused by vertigo?
Getting Lasting Relief With The Help Of A Boise Vertigo Chiropractor
The best way to deal with the two types of vertigo is by resolving issues in both the ears and the central nervous system. In short, do not overlook the neck or upper cervical spine. This area is the primary focus of upper cervical chiropractic care.
When the top two vertebrae, the atlas (C1) or axis (C2), in the neck shift out of alignment, it often affects both the ear function and the central nervous system. How is this possible? A misalignment can reduce the capacity of the Eustachian tubes. When these tubes malfunction, then the ears are not draining the excess fluid appropriately. Vertigo becomes one of its possible symptoms.
Also, an upper cervical misalignment can disrupt and limit the proper flow of cerebrospinal and/or blood flow, further hindering central nervous systems (CNS) activity. Moreover, the Atlas (C1) surrounds the brainstem, therefore misalignment of Atlas (C1) can result in a mechanical type stress and pressure upon the brainstem, which disrupts the interpretation of sensory signals coming from other parts of the body to the brain.
A Boise vertigo chiropractor that practices upper cervical chiropractic care can help you to determine if you have such a misalignment in your upper cervical spine.
Call Upper Cervical Health Center in Boise, Idaho at (208) 559-0541 to schedule an appointment with us.
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