What is Vertigo?
from the Latin word verto meaning "a whirling or spinning movement" and
are an impairment in spatial perception and stability. Vertigo is a subtype of dizziness in which a patient inappropriately experiences the perception of motion (usually a spinning motion) due to dysfunction of the Vestibular System. It is often associated with nausea and vomiting as well as a balance disorder causing difficulties standing or walking.
Vertigo and dizziness are common medical issues affecting approximately 25% of the general population. Vertigo may be present in patients of all ages. The prevalence of vertigo rises with age and is about two to three times higher in women than in men. It accounts for about 2-3% of emergency department visits.
Some other names given to Vertigo are: Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Meniere's disease, Vestibular neuritis and Labyrinthitis.
What causes Vertigo and Dizziness?
I have treated dozens of patients with vertigo over the last 20 years in my practice. The majority of vertigo/dizziness cases have been resolved by my gentle, effective care and without any medication. The reason I can help so many is because I address the cause of vertigo. I don't treat the symptoms of vertigo with medication like medical doctors. Most vertigo/dizziness is caused by either 1) pressure and
irritation to the NERVE
that controls the Vestibular System (the organ for balance located in the inner ear) or 2) because the Vestibular System's
CRYSTALS are out of position
. A spinal condition called a Subluxation (spinal misalignment) located at the base of the skull, puts pressure on the nerve that enters the inner ear that controls your balance. Pressure on this nerve causes malfunction of the vestibular system (the balance organ), and you get vertigo/dizziness.
How do we help patients with Vertigo?