The symptoms of Vertigo include feeling like you are spinning, tilting, swaying, unbalanced or being pulled in one direction. It is often triggered by a change in the position of your head. Other less common symptoms can include vomiting or feeling nauseous, abnormal eye movements, headaches, sweating and ringing in the ears.
These symptoms can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours or more and may come and go.
Vertigo may be associated with:
- Disorders or inflammation of the inner ear (including BPPV, Meniere’s disease, Vestibular Neuririts) Injuries to the head or neck
- Brain problems such as stroke or tumour
- Certain medications that cause ear damage
- Migraine headaches
Treatment for vertigo depends on what’s causing it. Conventional medical treatment often fails to correct the vertigo, leading patients to seek help from complementary methods including chiropractic.
In a chiropractic clinic, your examination will include careful assessment of the joints and muscles of the upper neck to determine if the neck is a likely cause in your case. This area is rich in sensory nerve endings which provide important balance and other sensory information to your brain. By using specific chiropractic techniques aimed at improving the mechanical function of the upper neck, it has been observed that vertigo symptoms can improve dramatically.
If the neck does not appear to be the primary cause of the vertigo, and a trial of chiropractic treatment for the vertigo is unsuccessful, then you may be referred for further medical investigation or rehabilitative neurological techniques.