For the many people who suffer from vertigo, it is an unbearable condition that can cause a huge problem with their safety and quality of life. Since instances of vertigo usually occur without any warning, a person who suffers from this condition cannot prepare for the effects, and it can also require them to have someone to accompany them outside of the house just in case they have an episode and cannot function enough to get home.
What Is Vertigo?
Due to an inner ear issue, whether it be a liquid buildup or a chemical imbalance, vertigo involves symptoms of dizziness, nausea, and a spinning feeling that prevents the sufferer from maintaining proper balance. Vertigo is not actually dangerous but more of a nuisance that interferes in one’s daily life. People who suffer from vertigo can have other issues that arise from the condition, like strokes, migraine headaches, and inner ear infections.
Doctors can prescribe motion sickness medicines for the dizziness and diuretics to help with the fluid buildup, but there is really no cure for vertigo. Managing the symptoms is the best that someone can do to deal with the issue. However, chiropractic care can offer tremendous relief for those suffering with vertigo. This is mostly because inner ear issues and headaches are directly related to spine health and proper spinal alignment which is what chiropractors primarily deal with.
There are numerous studies reflecting the benefits of chiropractic care and the relief of vertigo symptoms. One such study was done by a chiropractic college to show the benefits of chiropractic treatments for patients with dizziness, balance issues, and neck pain. The results have shown that continued treatments helped the majority of the patients in the study, and many of them reported a great improvement in their balance issues and a decrease in headaches. This study showed a promising correlation to chiropractic care and vertigo symptoms.
Another study reported by the National University of Health Sciences worked with eight patients who were experiencing vertigo symptoms. The patients were treated with the canalith repositioning procedures, also known as the Epley Maneuver, and participated in 6-day, 30-day, and 3-month observations after the procedure. It was concluded that the Epley Maneuver helped to resolve the major vertigo issues that the patients were suffering from. The results also showed very little adverse effects to the patients, and they were pleased with the non-medicinal treatment for their condition.
The increased desire to reduce medication to treat ailments has caused may people suffering from vertigo to look into chiropractic care. One study showed that conservative nonpharmacological interventions for older people can help with dizziness, even aside from vertigo. The studies included some exercise and chiropractic care to assist older adults who had self-reported improvements in their dizziness.
The studies have proven that chiropractic care can effectively help with the symptoms of vertigo. After regular treatments, individuals are reporting improvements and are able to eliminate or limit the amounts of medication they need to take to help with their condition. It is worth a look at chiropractic care if you are suffering from the effects of vertigo.
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