Many consider us as some of the most reputable Alabang vertigo chiropractors in the business today. Apart from the many years we’ve been in practice, our patients also report mostly positive feedback regarding our services.
As you may know, vertigo is a disorder that gives the patient the feeling that the world around him or her is spinning uncontrollably. And one of the most common types of vertigo that we encounter is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
BPPV is so prevalent among vertigo sufferers that we get a lot of questions about it. Through this article, we will address the most common questions that we get.
After reading this, we are hoping you’ll have a better understanding of BPPV, especially if you are dealing with it yourself. Otherwise, feel free to pass this information along to a friend or loved one.
Question #1: What exactly is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo?
The name itself may be quite a mouthful for the layman to say, and that is understandable. But if this condition hits close to home, it would be best to have a good understanding of what it is exactly.
To do so, let’s break it down word for word:
Benign – Yes, BPPV symptoms can feel severe, but because it is benign, it means that the condition is not fatal or life-threatening.
Paroxysmal – When we say that this condition is paroxysmal, it only means that it is cyclical in nature. Each episode tends to occur in short, sudden waves.
Positional – This means that for BPPV sufferers, the triggers come from certain head positions or movements. Any sudden change in head position may easily cause an episode to ensue.
Vertigo – We mentioned that BPPV is a cause for a vertigo attack to ensue. And as explained, vertigo is the condition wherein patients feel like they are spinning, even if they aren’t.
Question #2: What causes BPPV?
To answer this question, you must first know how the body’s balance system works.
The body’s balance system relies on the inner ear. Some parts of the inner ear have crystals of calcium carbonate called otoconia. The otoconia play a vital role in helping the body sense motion and balance.
The otoconia remain typically embedded in a part of the inner ear called the utricle. But when these crystals get dislodged and migrate into one of the fluid-filled canals in the ear, that is when BPPV occurs.
The fluid in the semi-circular canals is endolymph. The endolymph moves by gravity whenever the head moves, and the movement helps give the brain the information about how the body is positioned in space.
Once the otoconia begin to interrupt the normal movement of the endolymph, it may send confusing signals to the brain. As a result, a vertigo attack may occur. BPPV cases may happen during mundane movements like rolling over in bed.
Question #3: How common is BPPV?
According to researchers, 2.4 percent of people will experience at least one BPPV episode in their life. It is a disorder that happens mostly in adults, particularly among seniors. Children rarely experience bouts of BPPV.
In most cases, BPPV attacks have no apparent cause. However, some experts see connections with trauma, migraines, and inner ear infections.
Question #4: What are the most common symptoms of BPPV?
The most common symptom of BPPV is severe vertigo. These vertigo episodes can come on so suddenly that they are sometimes referred to as “drop attacks.”
Because of that spinning and whirling sensation, many BPPV sufferers will also experience some nausea and vomiting. These symptoms usually vary from mild to severe, which may last from a few seconds to several minutes.
Once the worst of the episode has passed, residual dizziness and instability may persist.
Question #5: What is the Epley Maneuver?
The Epley Maneuver is one of the go-to methods for BPPV sufferers to find relief. It entails specific movements of the head in an attempt to guide the loose calcium crystals back to where they should be.
These maneuvers can be useful in relieving BPPV symptoms, depending on the location of these calcium crystals.
Question #6: What is the best form of natural relief for BPPV?
What many people tend to overlook is the connection between the upper two bones in the neck and BPPV. These bones, called the C1 and C2 vertebrae (or the atlas and axis bones, respectively), make up the upper cervical spine. They also protect the brainstem from damage.
And because of the close proximity of the upper cervical spine to the inner ear, any misalignment of these bones can cause inner ear problems. The brainstem can also endure unnecessary pressure from the misalignment, causing it to send improper signals to and from the brain, and the rest of the body.
But that is all correctable with the help of upper cervical chiropractic care.
This procedure entails gentle and precise methods to encourage the misaligned bones back into their correct positions. And for us here at N8 Upper Cervical Chiropractic, we use non-invasive techniques that are very gentle.
As veteran Alabang vertigo chiropractors, we pride ourselves on being the best at what we do. So if you’re looking for that life-changing procedure, drop by our clinic for a consultation. You may also call us at (02) 835-62098. We will do our best to answer any questions you may have.