Common Types of Vertigo | Upper Cervical Chiropractor for Vertigo in Mount Dora, FL
Hi there, today I want to talk about the three most common types of vertigo. First of all, if you’re suffering from vertigo, it can be pretty brutal and extremely uncomfortable. You can get senses of the room spinning, losing balance, forces in the head. It can accompany neck pain and brain fog with all sorts of other things. It can be very disruptive to life, here’s all the things you need to know about the types of vertigo you’re getting.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
So those who are suffering are looking for answers and are often frustrated because it’s hard to find one, or more importantly, a simple solution. So let’s go through these first three. The first one that we’re looking at is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, it’s very common. It’s kind of a mouthful to say, otherwise known as BPPV. Simply put, you’ve got in your inner ear, these little tubes called semicircular canals, and there are calcium crystals that can come loose and be positioned in the wrong part of that canal. This can then elicit vestibular dysfunction and thus, dizziness or vertigo. Okay. Now with that one, there are some positional exercises you can do the, most known commonly known exercise is called the Epley maneuver. That is putting the body in specific positions to reposition those crystals and reduce or eliminate the vertigo symptoms. Check out another video for that if you can’t find ours, you can YouTube it and see how to do it. It’s something that you can do at home, you’ll likely need someone to assist you with them.
Alright, the other one that we want to talk about is Meniere’s, and that’s a more complex issue. Meniere’s is awfully misunderstood as well, but it usually includes fullness of the ear. Generally there’s ringing in the ear otherwise known as Tinnitus. Hearing loss is often accompanied over time with Meniere’s. Then of course, you can get vertigo, but it usually comes in very intense random bouts, okay, whereas BPPV is more positional. You know, you bend over a certain way, or move a certain way, the crystals move and the person will feel that dizziness or vertigo. With this, it can seemingly come out of nowhere and it can hit very hard and be very debilitating, along with all the other symptoms.
The other one, which is most common, is really a slam dunk for us to help with, and that’s Cervicogenic Vertigo. Cervical meaning up in the neck, the cervical spine. So that is usually caused from dysfunction or misalignment in the joints, which causes abnormal input sensory from the nervous system to the vestibular nucleus. This vestibular nucleus is part of your brainstem and it’s receiving input from your inner ear, your eyes and your spine. In fact, 70% of that input is coming from your spine and other body parts to the vestibular nucleus. So what happens is when there’s a misalignment in the neck, it causes a sensory mismatch. So a mismatch of information from your spine and your body, your inner ear and your eyes. The brain is confused as to where you are in space and now we’re getting dizziness and the vertigo symptoms.
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