Vertigo can strike unexpectedly. You may be sitting at your desk at work or performing your normal day-to-day activities, and suddenly the room starts to spin. You may need to sit or lie down until the false sensation of spinning or moving subsides. These are just some of the things chronic vertigo sufferers have to go through every day.

Vertigo can come with other symptoms:

Other medical conditions have vertigo as a primary symptom. Three of the most common conditions are listed below:

Conventional Care for Vertigo

The first step in finding help for vertigo is consulting a doctor that specializes in the ear, nose, and throat. A doctor may most likely suggest one of these things:

While these medications do provide short-lived relief when one is experiencing a severe attack of vertigo, they are not long-term solutions. To get a long-lasting result, you may need to figure out and address the root cause of vertigo.


Natural, Long-Lasting Vertigo Relief

At Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, our specialty is making sure that the spine is in correct alignment. We concentrate mainly on the C1 and C2 vertebrae. The C1, or atlas, has the critical job of protecting the brainstem. If it gets out of alignment, the normal brainstem function may be disrupted. The brainstem is the communication highway between the brain and body. If the signals it sends become distorted, symptoms of vertigo may arise.

We are an upper cervical chiropractic clinic based in Redwood City, and our method is personalized for each of our patient’s cases and individual needs. We use a gentle, accurate technique that encourages the bones of the neck to return into place more naturally than popping or cracking the neck like other chiropractors do. Once an adjustment is made, the body can engage in the healing process without hinderance. Most of our vertigo patients have reported a decrease in severity and frequency of their vertigo episodes after receiving our care. Some even experienced a complete disappearance of their symptoms.

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Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear that is known for the following:

Most people who are diagnosed with Meniere’s disease are between the age of 20 and 50. A Meniere’s episode can last for 20 minutes or up to 4 hours.

The specific reason that people get Meniere’s is still yet to be fully discovered and agreed upon. There is one fact that researchers do agree upon and that is that it associated with the vestibulocochlear nerve and a fluid build-up within the inner ear. This area of the body is part of the system responsible for balance and providing information to the brain regarding the body’s location in its environment.

The Best Way to Deal with Meniere’s Disease

The general treatment protocol for Meniere’s symptoms by most medical doctors is to prescribe a drug or suggest an over-the-counter option. The problem with this route is that it does address what is causing the condition, which in many cases lies just below the head. The role of the bones of the upper neck is to protect the brainstem. When a misalignment happens to this part of the spine, it can put stress on the brainstem, causing it to malfunction. This disrupts normal communication between the brain and body, and it also hinders proper blood flow to the brain and ears.

At Advanced Spinal Care, we give our attention to ensuring the C1 and C2 vertebrae are in proper alignment and functioning optimally. When we find that there is an issue with the alignment, we apply a gentle method that returns them back into place naturally, avoiding the type of force that causes popping or twisting of the spine. Our method allows the bones to realign in such a way that the spine maintains the correction for longer, giving the body more time to repair the damage done by the misalignment and to eventually hold the correction continuously.Studies conducted involving Meniere’s patients have shown that a spinal adjustment of this kind provides an alleviation of symptoms in as little as one adjustment for some patients. Many patients experience an improvement in their Meniere’s symptoms, particularly of vertigo.

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a-new-option-for-treating-multiple-sclerosis-symptomsMultiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that is disabling and could develop in just about anyone at any time. An alarming amount of people are affected by this condition. For example, in America 400,000 people have been diagnosed with the condition, and one new person is added to the list every hour. Another surprising thing to know about MS is how much money is spent in medical costs – $10 billion! This does not include the additional personal costs for medical equipment, personal care assistants, lack of income because the person cannot work a full-time job, or alterations to the home to meet the needs created by the condition.

What Research Tells Us About Multiple Sclerosis

There is always new research being done, in search of definitive answers to help those suffering from MS. The more information is compiled, the more clearly that the general consensus appears to be that MS is related to an injury in the head or neck. In fact, Dr. Erin Elster conducted a study of 44 people who were diagnosed with MS. She administered a variety of testing methods to confirm whether there was truly a misalignment in the neck region of each patient. After being provided with specific adjustments to the upper cervical spine, 40 of the patients noticed measurable improvements and a stop in the progression of the disease while receiving care.

Providing Care for MS Patients in Redwood City, California

There are multiple kinds of events that can cause the onset of MS symptoms, and it usually depends on how the function of the nervous system is impacted. This could happen because of stress being placed on the brainstem from a misalignment in the upper neck vertebrae. Function of the nervous system as well as communication and blood flow to and from the brain and body happens when this kind of misalignment occurs.

At Advanced Spinal Care, we use the NUCCA technique of upper cervical chiropractic care. Rather than apply force and pop the neck or spine, we encourage the bones to return to their proper place naturally. After these adjustments, many MS patients report a decrease in symptoms, or even a stop in the progression of the disease, as well as increased health overall.

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the-link-between-vertigo-and-head-and-neck-traumaVertigo is an unusual experience where you feel as though there is movement around you when there actually is none. For example, if you move your head suddenly and the room appears to be spinning, or if you have ever spun yourself around on a tire swing and stopped abruptly, only to continue feeling as though you are spinning, you have experienced vertigo. This condition is very common, and the false sensation of movement is due to a disruption of the role of the vestibular system in the inner ear (the most common cause) or the central nervous system (a less common cause). Vertigo in itself is not dangerous; however, the unpredictable attacks could happen while driving or standing on a high ledge, which could have serious outcomes.

There are not a lot of answers out there for patients struggling with vertigo, even from those in the medical industry. One relatively consistent thing about vertigo is that it often follows a trauma to the head or neck. The trauma might be from a car accident, sports injury, slip and fall, or any other type of accident that impacted the neck or head.

When the head or neck is injured, it is common that a misalignment to the upper cervical spine will happen. This part of the spine is connected to the systems that help with balance and spatial orientation. This area is so important that a neck misalignment can disrupt blood flow to the brain and the ears, making it a primary suspect when vertigo cases develop originating from both the ears and the central nervous system.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Brings Vertigo Relief

Upper cervical chiropractors specialize in identifying and treating misalignments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. Our examination process uses diagnostic imaging to locate exactly where and to what degree a misalignment has occurred. Then we use gentle adjustments, designed specifically to the needs of each patient.

When the misalignment is corrected, many patients experience improvements in symptoms such as vertigo. In fact, the condition may completely go away. In a case study observing 300 people with vertigo due to Meniere’s disease, 97% of the patients saw a dramatic improvement in their symptoms. On average, an improvement that was greater than 90% was documented.

If you or someone you care for is suffering from vertigo, especially if you have had a head or neck trauma, come in to see us at Advanced Spinal Care. We would love to share more ways that upper cervical chiropractic care can help you.

 

References:

Burcon M., Cervical Specific Protocol and Results for 300 Meniere's Patients, 6th International Symposium on Meniere's Disease. Nov 2010.

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natural-treatment-for-multiple-sclerosis-inflammationThere are a quarter million US citizens who suffer from multiple sclerosis (MS). This neurological disease is one of the more common conditions that affects young adults, primarily affecting young women.

MS is a progressive disease in which damage occurs to the nervous system. As the disease progresses, the nerves develop scar tissue along the spinal cord and in the brain. As researchers continue to seek out solutions and the root cause of MS, there remain many unanswered questions.

How Much We Know About MS

There are several conditions that have been associated with MS. One of these is autoimmune disease, in which the body is actually at war with itself and even damages its own tissue. Another culprit could be inflammation central to the brain.

While there are several ways to manage the different expressions of MS, finding treatments that do more than mitigate the symptoms is the hope of upper cervical chiropractors. Their desire is to discover what is causing the inflammation or scarring, in order to stall or even stop the disease in its tracks.

Finding the Cause of Nervous System Inflammation

By aligning the upper vertebra, or what is known as the atlas, upper cervical chiropractors have been able to restore measures of immune function for patients. In fact, in one study, up to 48% of patients had improved ability after receiving upper cervical chiropractic care. Several MS sufferers experienced healing from scarred brain tissue, indicating the body began restoring itself post adjustment.

 

Dr. Pete Tsiglieris is an upper cervical chiropractor in Redwood City, CA, who specializes in upper vertebra care, specifically atlas alignment. Fixing a misalignment of the atlas bone can greatly improve the inflammation levels and quality of life for MS patients. Call today to schedule a consultation.

 

References:

 

  1. Multiple Sclerosis Information, Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, 1999.
  2. Guyton A. Textbook of Medical Physiology, 12th Ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co., 2010.
  3. Damadian RV, Chu D. The possible role of cranio-cervical trauma and abnormal CSF hydrodynamics in the genesis of multiple Sclerosis. Physiol Chem Phys. 2011;41:1-17
  4. Feeley-Collins K, Grostic JD, Hightower BC, Pfleger B, Selano JL.  “The effects of specific upper cervical adjustments on the CD4 counts of HIV positive patients.” Chiropractic Research Journal 1994;3(1):32.
  5. Elster EL. Eighty-one patients with multiple sclerosis and parkinson’s disease undergoing upper cervical chiropractic care to correct vertebral subluxation: a retrospective analysis. J Vertebr Sublux Res. 2004;2:1-9.

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vertigo-is-there-a-link-to-osteoporosisVertigo is the feeling that you or the things around you are spinning when there is, in fact, no movement at all. The most common type of vertigo is called BPPV or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. If you have this condition, when you move your head quickly, you experience a bout of vertigo. For example, you may roll over in bed and get vertigo.

Recently, osteoporosis has come into the picture in connection with vertigo. A study revealed there is a connection between these two conditions. Osteoporosis happens when you lose bone density. Osteopenia is another condition which happens when there is mild bone loss; it is not as serious as osteoporosis. The connection these two conditions have with vertigo may have to do with the age of the person suffering. These are all recognized more often in older adults.

An additional finding in the study is very interesting. Men with osteoporosis were twice as likely to get vertigo, while women were three times as likely. Similar results exist with those who had osteopenia. One reason is the decrease in estrogen in women’s bodies as they age, which causes a decrease in bone density. This was true even more so in those who were over the age of 50, when estrogen and bone mass decrease rapidly. Interestingly, vertigo was seen more in men at this age. We can now conclude that lower levels of estrogen are not the reason for vertigo.

Vertigo and Proper Neck Alignment

The study did not look at one important factor, however. It did not show any information about the relationship vertigo has to a misalignment in the upper part of the neck, particularly the C1 and C2 vertebrae. A misalignment here can put the brainstem under pressure and cause it to send improper signals to the brain about what is happening in the body. For example, if the brainstem tells the brain the body is in motion when it is not, vertigo can ensue.

Upper cervical chiropractors have the ability to correct these misalignments and restore brain-body communication. This often results in a relief of vertigo symptoms as the body begins to heal from the damage caused by the misalignment.

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menieres-disease-the-underlying-cause-and-how-to-find-helpMeniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear brought on by the buildup of too much endolymph fluid. It has the following symptoms:

Those in the age range of 20 to 50 years are most often impacted. However, anyone at any time can be afflicted with Meniere’s disease.

What Causes Meniere’s?

It seems as if the buildup of fluid is the main reason that Meniere’s happens. The minute, hair-like sensors inside the ear operate in conjunction with the endolymph fluid to relay messages to the brain about what is taking place in the body. If something changes, pressure, chemical make-up, or volume, the inner ear is unable to function properly. This can lead to Meniere’s disease. Some reasons this may come about can be linked to the following factors:

Triggers for Meniere’s Disease

There are some influences that can bring about an episode of Meniere’s disease or even make it worse. The following are good things to avoid if you have Meniere’s disease:

How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Meniere’s Disease

Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we will examine your neck to see if either the C1 or C2 vertebra has moved out of alignment. This has been seen to cause Meniere’s disease. This type of misalignment impacts the brainstem and causes it to send false signals to the brain. By using a gentle method to realign the bone causing the problem, many patients see an improvement in or an end to Meniere’s disease.

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reasons-for-vertigo-and-how-to-naturally-relieve-itVertigo can be very disabling. It is the feeling that you or the things around you are moving when they are actually standing still. It always has a rotational component to it. The vestibular system is the part of the body that is responsible for maintaining your balance. Therefore, if something is not working properly in your vestibular system, you may experience vertigo. Vertigo can be temporary (happening once and then never again) or more severe (lasting longer and leading to more complications).

There are some health conditions that can cause the vestibular system to malfunction:

Natural Relief for Vertigo

No matter what the reason for your vertigo may be, a visit to us here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California might be just the answer you are looking for. Vertigo has been linked to a misaligned bone in the upper cervical spine. A misalignment here puts undue pressure on the brainstem and can cause the problems associated with vertigo.

We use a gentle method to realign the bones of the neck and restore proper communication throughout the body. This is often all that is required to see a reduction in the symptoms of vertigo. Some see it go away entirely.

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Vertigo Relief, Dizziness Relief, Dizzy, Meniere’s Disease Relief, Disequilibrium, Vertigo, Dizziness, Meniere’s , Meniere’s Disease, endolymphatic hydrops, hydrops, SEH, BPPV, fullness, swollen ear, painful earVertigo is described as the sensation that you or the things around you are spinning when there is actually no motion. It affects up to 10 percent of those under the age of 40. Once you reach 40, the number affected jumps to 40 percent. In a recent decade, vertigo was the reason for 2.5% of visits to the emergency room.

No one fully understands why vertigo happens. There has been a connection seen between a malfunction in the vestibular system and the onset of vertigo. This system is responsible for controlling your sense of balance. It makes up part of the central nervous system. Fluid and crystals located in the inner ear send signals to the brain about where the body is located in its environment. If these signals become distorted for some reason, vertigo may result.

Caring for Vertigo by Traditional Means

If you visit your family doctor due to having the sensation of vertigo, he may recommend certain drugs focused on caring for individual symptoms, such as nausea. Others may suggest trying particular exercises to help your body get used to dealing with your vestibular dysfunction. Some doctors may help you do a particular exercise to help realign the crystals of the inner ear that may have moved out of their proper position. In fact, a doctor located in Colorado has discovered a new way of performing a half somersault to do this. This is good news for vertigo patients as they are trending toward wanting more natural ways to care for vertigo.

How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps Vertigo

A natural, drug-free way of caring for vertigo is gaining popularity. It is upper cervical chiropractic care. A misalignment in the bones of the neck can be one reason that improper signals are being sent to the brain. If they are out of place, they can put the brainstem under stress. This leads to the brainstem telling the brain that the body is in motion when it is not.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care, we use a gentle method to realign these bones and reduce the pressure on the brainstem. This often leads to a reduction in or elimination of vertigo symptoms.

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Vertigo Relief, Dizziness Relief, Dizzy, Meniere’s Disease Relief, Disequilibrium, Vertigo, Dizziness, Meniere’s , Meniere’s Disease, endolymphatic hydrops, hydrops, SEH, BPPV, fullness, swollen ear, painful earWhen people say they are feeling dizzy, it may be hard to know exactly what that means. Disequilibrium and vertigo are both described by the term dizziness. So, let’s take a closer look at what each of these means, what their symptoms are, and how to properly describe them so as to get the right type of care.

Disequilibrium or Vertigo?

Vertigo: This is the sensation of movement or motion where there is none. You may feel as if the room is spinning or the things around you are spinning. It can also refer to a wrong interpretation of movement. For example, you may be moving forward, but feel like you are moving backward.

Disequilibrium: This is a feeling of being off balance or unsteady. You need assistance to walk from one area to another because it may appear that the ground is coming up toward you, tilting, or you may feel like you are floating. It is also the sudden feeling that you are about to fall.

Finding Help for Disequilibrium

Not only disequilibrium but other types of dizziness can often be attributed to trauma to the head or neck. This has been confirmed through a variety of case studies that prove once the misalignment in the bones of the upper neck is corrected, dizziness goes away. Misalignments like this may occur due to a concussion or whiplash. Anything causing the neck muscles to overextend can be a cause for the top two bones – the C1 and C2 – to move out of alignment.

Here at Advanced Spinal Care in Redwood City, California, we offer our patients a gentle and effective method to help the bones of the neck to move back into proper alignment. Rather than popping or cracking the spine, it encourages the bones naturally to realign themselves leading to a longer-lasting adjustment. Even if you have been injured many years ago, you may still be feeling the effects, and it is possible to reverse these. Many of our patients see an improvement or total resolution of the problem of disequilibrium after just a few visits.

 

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