Is It Dizziness or Vertigo?

Is It Dizziness or Vertigo?Dizziness and vertigo can be sensations that are difficult to describe in words.  This might help to explain why many people use the words interchangeably, even though vertigo is much different than a dizzy spell.  As many as 40% of Americans age 40 or older have experienced some type of vestibular disorder, of which, vertigo is one.  

Dizziness is a term that can be used to describe various sensations, including:

  • Feeling off balance or unsteady
  • Faintness
  • Light-headedness
  • Feeling "spaced-out"

Vertigo, on the other hand, is a false sensation of movement of either oneself or the environment around the person.  It is usually described as a spinning or whirling sensation.  A vertigo attack, especially a severe one, can be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

Vertigo - What Can Be Done?

Many times, the first line of treatment for vertigo involves medication to suppress the symptoms.  If your vertigo is related to Meniere's disease, labyrinthitis, or vestibular neuronitis, these medications are designed to suppress the nerves which relay information to the brain about the body's position and balance.  Medications may also be prescribed to deal with the nausea associated with vertigo.  A low-salt diet might also be recommended.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and vertigo download our complimentary e-book How to Naturally Relieve Vertigo without Drugs by clicking the image below.

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Upper Cervical Chiropractic – A Natural Option

Vestibular disorders such as vertigo often present themselves following some type of injury to the head or neck, even something as mild as a fender bender or a slip.  This creates a misalignment of the upper vertebra in the neck, the atlas.  

The atlas protects the brainstem, which plays a large part in relaying signals between the brain and body.  When these normal signals are disturbed due to a misalignment, improper information about balance can be received by the brain, leading to vertigo.  In many vertigo cases, identifying the atlas misalignment and correcting it using very precise, gentle adjustments is what it takes to get your health back on track naturally.

References:

http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/ear,-nose,-and-throat-disorders/approach-to-the-patient-with-ear-problems/dizziness-and-vertigo

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