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Your Head Position Triggers Vertigo, Here's Why

head position, vertigo relief in Cape Coral
head position, vertigo relief in Cape Coral

Patients pursuing vertigo relief in Cape Coral, especially new ones, often feel confused about why and how vertigo happens. To make things worse, many can't find an effective way to manage their symptoms because of the several myths and misconceptions that spread online. For starters, some patients think that vertigo is a condition. But, in truth, it's a symptom of an underlying condition. 

If you experience vertigo, you know how frustrating it can be. Aside from dizziness and disorientation, vertigo can lead to nausea and vomiting. If you do not know what's causing your vertigo, you might find it helpful to take note of activities that may be triggering your episode. For example, does it happen when you tilt your head? If you answer yes, you might have BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). Let's help you understand BPPV and how you can potentially experience significant vertigo relief in Cape Coral.


A Deeper Understanding of BPPV

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV is among the top causes of vertigo. It's an inner ear disorder that brings a sudden spinning sensation to a person after making sudden head movements. Taken from its term, it's pretty straightforward. Here's a closer look:

  • Benign means the condition is neither dangerous nor life-threatening
  • Paroxysmal pertains to conditions that suddenly occur in short episodes
  • Positional means vertigo attacks when a BPPV patient changes head position. 
  • Vertigo is the false sensation of spinning, twisting, whirling, or rotational movement.

If you are diagnosed with BPPV, there can be instances of crippling vertigo attacks, but you must remember that it's not a life-threatening condition. Its origins and workings can be explained by what happens inside the inner ear. However, we recommend keeping still during vertigo attacks or bringing yourself to a safe space until the spinning episodes passes to avoid unwanted injuries such as falls.


How do you know it's BPPV?

BPPV usually affects only one ear at a time, but there are instances when you might experience this in both ears. Apart from mild to severe vertigo, which is the most common symptom of BPPV, there will be other symptoms you must watch out for:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Balance problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Nystagmus (rapid and involuntary eye movements)

You should also know that a typical BPPV episode will not regularly hinder your hearing, vertigo may not be there, or you may sometimes feel tingling or numbness. BPPV usually happens in short episodes, and you may not easily spot symptoms in a short period. There are times when you may not feel symptoms in between the attacks.

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A Closer Look at BPPV Episodes

Your vision, inner ear, proprioceptors, or the sensors in your arm or leg joints and muscles coordinate and control your balance. They collect sensory input and send the information to the central nervous system for the brainstem to process. When all the sensors are correctly working, your body will adjust to your position to keep your balance upright.

BPPV gets triggered due to your inner ear's crystals called otoconia, which are calcium carbonate crystals that stay in one specific place. When you have BPPV, these crystals shift out of their position and become dislodged. They then move into your inner ear's fluid-filled semicircular canals within the ear. 

When this happens, the normal movement of your inner ear's fluid gets disrupted, leading to incorrect messages sent to the brain about the body's movement. It also causes your brain to perceive motion even when there is none. As a result, vertigo episodes will come soon after.


Upper Cervical Care for BPPV and Vertigo Relief in Cape Coral

BPPV may be intimidating and stressful, especially if you're the patient. Fortunately, a unique and natural care option can help safely and gently relieve BPPV and its symptoms, such as vertigo. Particularly to patients with BPPV and a history of neck and head injury.

Upper cervical chiropractic care is a natural care option that provides a natural, precise, effective, and lasting way to help BPPV patients. Your upper cervical chiropractor will identify if a misalignment in the upper cervical spine contributes significantly to your vertigo episodes. In addition, those who experienced neck or head trauma and injury are likely to experience an increased long-term recurrence of their conditions. 

Patients get vertigo relief in Cape Coral with the help of an upper cervical chiropractic doctor. Upper cervical chiropractors focus mainly on the uppermost vertebrae in the spine to ensure proper alignment. If a misalignment occurs, the attending upper cervical chiropractor will start planning how to adjust the bones. This way, patients can start experiencing noticeable improvements in the BPPV symptoms.


Call Dr. Means For Your Upper Cervical Chiropractic Consultation

Upper cervical chiropractic has gained significant attention in the health and wellness niche for several reasons. For starters, it focuses on correcting the uppermost neckbones. As you might already know, The upper cervical spine's location is close to the inner ear. So when the atlas misaligns, it usually impacts the inner ear functions and disrupts the signals it sends to your brain about the position of your body.

Additionally, the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) bones protect the brainstem. Your brainstem is responsible for sorting and integrating received information about the body's position. The accuracy of these signals affects your body's response in keeping the balance. 

When your atlas misaligns, it can hinder the normal inner ear functions and irritate the brainstem, which leads to sending and receiving distorted signals. Here at Corrective Spinal Care of Florida, we thoroughly examine every patient to help us accurately identify any misalignment in the atlas. If we confirm this to be the case, we will recommend an adjustment procedure to gently and safely adjust it back to its correct position.

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