06 Sep Dizziness
Dizziness is a condition where, the symptoms can seem worse than the underlying cause, but this can become very draining for the sufferer. It may feel like the head is spinning or the room is spinning and may worsen with movement of the head or movements such as getting in or out of bed. The symptoms may vary from severe dizziness to mild imbalance and may be associated with headaches or neck pain.
Depending on the cause, the dizziness can occasionally come in conjunction with nausea, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or hearing problems. There are different anatomical structures relating to balance and each one has the potential to create the feelings of dizziness, vertigo, pre-syncope, imbalance or just feeling faint. Issues with the inner ear can cause dizziness when the balance mechanisms are not functioning properly (e.g. BPPV, Ménière’s disease, labyrinthitis).
The patient may also be experiencing hypotension (low blood pressure), a central nervous system disorder or migraine headaches. This all sounds very scary but your chiropractor has been trained in recognising the situations in which the patient may need onward referral to another trained medical specialist.
Be sure to tell your chiropractor if you are suffering from new and intense headaches, strange sensations, memory changes, odd behaviour or family history of diabetes or epilepsy.
However the good news is that in many cases, the cause of dizziness is coming from the joints in the neck (cervicogenic vertigo) which can be helped significantly with chiropractic. The mechanisms behind this are related to normalising the movement in the joints which leads to normal neurological input into the nervous system (increasing ‘good’ signals and reducing ‘bad’ signals) as well as other benefits such as reduced muscle spasm.