Vertigo is characterized by the feeling of dizziness and spinning. It can be accompanied by a loss of balance, unsteadiness, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms can come and go or disappear for a lengthy period time and then return later on. While not life-threatening in and of itself, vertigo is extremely uncomfortable and can put sufferers at risk for falling, which can be life-threatening in some cases.
Vertigo is connected to structural issues related to the neck or inner ear. Sensory information from the neck is combined with information from the inner ear and eyes to determine position and balance. Muscle/fascial tension and altered spinal mobility and position can compromise the nervous system, causing abnormal feedback to the brain. The result can be a feeling of lightheadedness and dizziness. Neck tension can be caused by many factors, including whiplash, teeth grinding, poor posture or stress. The inner ear is integral to balance, as well. This structure is extremely important, as it contains fluid-filled canals, which help the body sense its body position and orientation, like gyroscopes. Conditions that can affect the inner ear also vary. These include Ménière's disease, motion sickness, and toxicity of the ear caused by medicines.
As with treating any condition, the physicians at Bay Area Osteopathic begin by taking a full medical history and conducting a thorough physical examination to determine the origin of vertigo. While specifics will differ between patients, treatment for vertigo typically includes performing osteopathic manipulation to restore pain-free, full range-of-motion of the cervical spine (the neck), and surrounding muscles in the body. Osteopathic manual treatments improve equilibrium by balancing the signals the body sends to the brain. Gentle and precise osteopathic manipulation is less invasive than drugs or surgery and addresses the underlying cause of problems, rather than merely offering a temporary fix.
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