If a person ever has times when the world around him is spinning, he may be suffering from vertigo. This could be due to getting up too quickly, a fall, a blow to the head, or a number of other reasons. However, it is good to be educated about a more serious disorder that could be the reason for the dizzy spells.
Meniere’s Disease—A Reason for Vertigo
Meniere’s disease includes vertigo as one of its main symptoms (although it does not have to be present to be diagnosed). Some other symptoms include:
- A feeling of fullness in the ear
- Only one ear is usually affected
- Low frequency hearing loss
- Ringing in the ear called tinnitus
- Mostly occurs in people aged 40-50 years
- Abnormal headaches
- Double vision or loss of vision
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Loss of consciousness
- Problems walking and possibly falling
- Arm or leg weakness
What Can Help with Vertigo?
Sometimes a person who is suffering from vertigo may feel like it is something he has to live with and try his best to ignore. However, we have good news. Vertigo is not a life sentence of dizziness and frustration. We can help.
At Living Well Chiropractic, we have found that a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae can be the underlying cause of vertigo. This is the area where the brainstem and spinal cord connect. A misalignment here of only ¼ of a millimeter places pressure on the brainstem. This causes the brain and the body to not be able to communicate on the proper level.
Once we examine our patients for a misalignment in the C1 or C2 vertebrae, we then work with them to create a treatment plan. Corrections may help with not only vertigo but also Meniere’s disease.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/