Vertigo is a very common health condition, especially for those over the age of 40.
It is thought that as much as 40% of the 40-plus population will experience vertigo at one time or another.
The Chiropractors at AICA College Park will address three common questions that patients ask about vertigo.
One theory is that vertigo is more likely to affect people who are visually dependent. Since such individuals greatly rely on visual cues, the body may interpret the signals incorrectly.
For example, when you see the person next to you at a red light begin to inch forward, your brain may misread the movement as being from your vehicle causing you to step on the brake harder.
Of course, vertigo does seem to affect us more as we age.
Also, there is a demonstrated correlation between injuries and vertigo.
Head and neck injuries, in particular, are commonly found in the patient history of someone who frequently experiences vertigo.
Most Chiropractors are not overly concerned by the occasional case of vertigo.
However, it can potentially be a symptom of a more debilitating disorder such as Meniere’s disease, which presents with tinnitus and a feeling of fullness in the ears.
Untreated, Meniere’s can develop into partial hearing loss.
Vertigo can also signal a cardiovascular issue such as a stroke, so don’t discount vertigo if you are experiencing other symptoms of a cardiac event.
If you would like to avoid the harmful side effects of commonly prescribed medications, you may want to give upper cervical chiropractic care a try.
An atlas (top vertebra in the neck) misalignment may be the underlying cause.
This is especially true for those who have experienced neck or head trauma either recently or years in the past. Sometimes it can take 15 years or more for symptoms to occur after an injury.
The Blair technique is a specific form of upper cervical chiropractic that can help in identifying and correcting such misalignments.
To schedule a consultation with AICA College Park call (404) 592-0319.