Vertigo (also known as Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), or dizziness is a symptom, rather than a condition in itself. It is the sudden sensation that you are spinning, or that the floor is moving or tilting around you. Vertigo can cause episodes of intense dizziness which may be brief or last for a few hours or even days.
BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) - BPPV is the cause in over 50% of vertigo & dizziness cases. Tiny crystals inside the Otolith organs in your ears, are responsible for making you sensitive to gravity. For various reasons, these crystals can become dislodged and move into the semicircular canals, which makes you more sensitive to head position changes. Episodes of vertigo are therefore triggered when you move your head suddenly; perhaps when getting out of bed, looking left or right when driving, or tipping your head up or down in any of your day-to-day activities. BPPV is not a serious condition and is often undiagnosed because in the majority of cases there is no obvious cause. It does, however, become more common as you age.
Neck injury - This type of vertigo is caused by improperly moving joints in the cervical spine, perhaps following an injury such as Whiplash or post-surgery. The muscles and joints in your neck have receptors that send signals about head movement and orientation to the brain and vestibular apparatus (parts of the inner ear responsible for balance). This system also works with a larger network in the body to maintain balance and muscle coordination. When this system works improperly, receptors can’t communicate to the brain, causing dizziness and other sensory dysfunctions.
Migraine - In up to 30% of migraine cases, vertigo is experienced as part of the aura of a migraine. Often, vertigo may signal the onset of a migraine in the same way that a sufferer may experience visual disturbances or sensitivity to light or sound.
Stress - As with a neck injury, stress can cause your shoulder and neck muscles to tighten so much that the receptors in your muscles send incorrect signals to your vestibular system, again causing dizziness and the sensation of vertigo.
Inner Ear Infection (Labryntithis) - A viral infection, which may have started with a sore throat, a cold or flu, can cause the vestibular nerve to become inflamed, disrupting your sense of balance. Vertigo associated with this viral infection will usually pass within a week or two, and not persist when you are well again.
Chiropractic is an excellent option for treating BPPV and in cases where it is associated with a neck injury, migraine, or stress.
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