Not all patients are interested in medications and invasive surgeries. In my years of being an Alabang vertigo chiropractor, I have noticed most of my patients seem to prefer natural methods to get relief unless they have tried every way possible and found no success.
If you seek effective ways to alleviate your vertigo symptoms naturally, you’ve come to the right place. In this blog, we will discuss nine smart moves you can take to get some relief from the false feeling of spinning. The last step will direct you to a therapy that is giving hope for many patients suffering from recurring vertigo attacks.
1. Get Diagnosed
Around 50% of patients are unaware of the source of their vertigo, but this is a critical element in getting the proper care. Whether you are suffering from BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), have vestibular migraines, or had neck or head trauma before the onset of your vertigo, getting a diagnosis is the first step in attaining relief.
2. Don’t Move Your Head Suddenly
Moving your head in certain positions too suddenly may cause the onset of vertigo. If you suffer from frequent episodes, do not whip your head around. You should avoid activities that have sudden head movements, including roller coasters or high impact sports.
3. Maintain Good Posture
In most cases, vertigo has something to do with the neck. That’s why maintaining good posture is an essential part of care. Note that a forward head position is one of the worst postures for a disorder that originates in the neck, so keep your head level over your shoulders. Every degree your head is forward adds more weight on your spine.
4. Quit Smoking
If you’re a non-smoker, that’s great. If you’re a smoker, you should quit for good. Smoking is bad, not just for your lungs, but even your neck, and it can hinder your way toward relief from vertigo.
5. Bend at the Knees
As we have mentioned, one of the primary triggers of vertigo, particularly positional vertigo, is head position. There is a chance that vertigo may start if your head gets below your shoulders. If you’re going to pick something up from the ground, bend at the knees instead of the waist. Also, be conscious of your head position when exercising.
6. Have a Low-Salt Diet
If you have vertigo due to Meniere’s disease, you should limit your salt intake. Meniere’s occurs due to excessive fluid, called endolymph, in the inner ear. It may bring on severe vertigo attacks, as well as other symptoms such as hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), and a feeling of fullness in the affected ear. Maintaining a low-salt diet can help reduce fluid retention in the body, including in the inner ear.
7. Try Canalith Repositioning
This can treat BPPV, the most common cause of vertigo. Doctors or healthcare professionals try to bring back the displaced calcium crystals inside your inner ear into the correct canal. They do it by performing a specific set of maneuvers in your head. It is about 80% successful and can give instant vertigo relief. However, the results don’t always last. You may need to learn a home version of the exercises so you can do it if vertigo comes back.
8. Do Some Stretching, Exercise, and Meditation
Stress is another leading trigger of vertigo. Not all stressors are avoidable, so you must learn how to manage and reduce your stress levels. Rather than clearing your mind during meditation, try to focus on positive thoughts. Do not skip your exercise and stretching routines, as they can dissipate stress. Exercise reduces levels of stress hormones in the body. It also activates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that elevate the mood.
9. Turn to Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care
Before you consider surgeries that come with risks such as hearing loss, we urge you to seek this natural and safe form of care that has provided relief for many vertigo patients. Upper cervical chiropractic is a subspecialty in the chiropractic practice that delivers gentle and accurate care for the two uppermost bones in the spine, the C1 and C2. These bones are at the base of the skull, and close in proximity to the ears.
Upper cervical chiropractors utilize modern diagnostic technology to locate and measure exact misalignments in C1 and C2 vertebrae. They base their adjustments on the measurements and needs of each patient. Since the adjustments use low force, they are safe for people of all ages. Upper cervical chiropractic is also a cost-effective approach, as adjustments are only made when necessary.
The Relation of Vertigo and Neck Misalignments
Neck misalignments can be the root cause of both peripheral and central vertigo. Misalignment can put the brainstem under tension and interrupt the proper sending of signals to the brain. In addition, a misalignment can impact the Eustachian tubes, leading to fluid buildup in the ear.
In a fascinating study, 80% of patients had resolved their vertigo after receiving upper cervical care. The other 20% saw a reduction in the severity and frequency of their vertigo symptoms. All 60 patients had misalignments in the upper cervical spine.
To see for yourself the benefits of upper cervical chiropractic, contact us or visit N8 Upper Cervical in Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City. You could be a gentle adjustment away from achieving better overall health.