Vertigo is a form of dizziness that is often brought on by sudden changes in position which creates a ‘spinning’ sensation in the head.
BPPV (benign positional paroxysmal vertigo) is a common type of vertigo that people experience.
BPPV occurs when tiny particles of the inner ear are disturbed affecting the balance centre; usually by sudden movement. This causes a spinning sensation.
The sensation of imbalance and spinning can range from a few minutes up to days in more severe cases.
Another common presentation to our practice is cervicogenic vertigo.
People with cervicogenic vertigo tend to complain of dizziness (a sensation of movement of self or the environment), that is worse during head movements or after maintaining one head position for a long time. The dizziness usually occurs after neck pain and may be accompanied by a headache. Often the dizziness will decrease if the neck pain decreases. The symptoms of dizziness usually last minutes to hours.
People with cervicogenic vertigo may also complain of general imbalance that may increase with head movements and with movement in the environment. Although no formal studies have been completed, true cervicogenic vertigo is thought to be rare.
What are the symptoms of vertigo
- A sense that you or your surrounding environment are moving or spinning
- Loss of balance
Chiropractic and vertigo
At Sims & Finn Chiropractic our practitioners utilise a thorough neuro-structural assessment to determine the cause of your dizziness and vertigo. Our goal is to support and encourage the management and recovery of dizziness and vertigo, through the use of specific adjustments to the spine to improve proprioception and address any aberrant neurological input to the brain stem.
Chaibi, A., & Tuchin, P. J. (2011). Chiropractic spinal manipulative treatment of cervicogenic dizziness using Gonstead method: a case study. Journal of chiropractic medicine, 10(3), 194-8.
Strunk, R. G., & Hawk, C. (2009). Effects of chiropractic care on dizziness, neck pain, and balance: a single-group, preexperimental, feasibility study. Journal of chiropractic medicine, 8(4), 156-64.
We are excited to have you as a patient at Sims & Finn Chiropractic
Our goal is to assess you thoroughly to determine if you have a structural shift in your spine causing secondary condition (symptoms).
We then explain and provide you with care options. We customise a plan of care for you, taking into consideration your age, health and lifestyle factors.
Once we have worked together to create the necessary health improvements, we will assist you in choices to maintain the corrections you have achieved.
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