Natural Treatment for Vestibular DisorderSymptoms
The vestibular disorder occurs when the vestibular system isdamaged. This can be caused by the natural aging process, aninfection, or an injury to the head or neck.
Vestibular disorder symptoms can take a toll on a person’s dailylife and while there are treatment options available, it is hard tofind an effective natural treatment for reducing or eliminatingvestibular disorder symptoms.
What is Vestibular DisorderSymptoms?
Symptoms associated with the vestibular disorder can take a tollon someone’s daily life for a reason. These symptoms affect manynatural functions including vision, balance, hearing, and thinking.The following is a list of common vestibular disorder symptoms:
Changes in Hearing - Changes in hearingthat may occur due to a vestibular disorder include hearing loss,distorted or fluctuating hearing, tinnitus (a ringing, whistling, roaring, orwhooshing phantom noise that is only heard by you), and sensitivityto loud noises or environments.
- Changes in Vision - For this vestibulardisorder symptom, one may experience a disturbance in their vision.This means their visual field could seem bouncy or jiggly as theymove their head. Double vision may also occur and sometimes thesevisual disturbances can cease when the head is kept still. Thisvestibular disorder symptom usually encourages the patient to seekout an eye care professional before realizing it could be connectedto a vestibular disorder.
- Vertigo and Dizziness - The vestibularsystem includes parts of the inner ear and the brain that help youreye movements and balance. When your sense of balance isinterrupted, vertigo can occur and make you feel as if theenvironment around you is spinning or that you are moving whilebeing still. This vestibular disorder symptom can make you feelnauseous and encourage you to stay still to help stop the falsesense of movements.
- Balance and Spatial Orientation - Thisvestibular disorder symptom can make you feel the need to hold ontosomething nearby to help keep your balance or you may find itdifficult to walk in a straight line. This can make you seem clumsyand cause you to stumble often. Maintaining proper posture may alsobe difficult as the head tilts to the side.
- Cognitive Changes - Cognitive changes canoccur due to a vestibular disorder. Remember, the vestibular systemdoes include part of the brain and the brain can be affected if thevestibular system is damaged. This vestibular disorder symptom canchange how you take in information. It can make it difficult foryou to understand conversations and concentrate. You can experiencemental/physical fatigue, forgetfulness, confusion, disorientation,and short-term memory lapses. This can take a huge toll on how youreact to stressful situations and can play a significant part inhow you could change psychologically.
- Psychological Changes - While living withvestibular disorder symptoms, psychological changes can occur dueto how it affects your daily life. Living with these symptoms thatlimit your physical and cognitive activity can cause anxiety,depression, panic, and social isolation. Over time it can affectone’s self-confidence and reduce one’s self-reliance andself-esteem.
What Treatments are Used to Treat VestibularDisorder Symptoms?
The most common treatments for reducing vestibular disordersymptoms are exercises, diet changes, medication, and surgery.Below is a list of how these treatments work for patients who wantto reduce their vestibular disorder symptoms:
Exercises - A natural treatment forhelping with vestibular disorder symptoms is a home-based exercise.These home exercises are assigned by a physical or occupationaltherapist and are to be performed at a prescribed pace. Includedwith these home exercises is a progressive fitness program. Theprogressive fitness program helps to increase energy and reducestress.
- Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy- Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (or VRT) treats apatient by giving them specific exercises for their head, body, andeyes. These exercises are made to help train the brain in how torecognize and process signals from the vestibular system andcoordinate them with their vision and perception/awareness ofposition and body movement.
- Diet Adjustments - Depending on thepatient, adjustments to their diets can be quite useful. Dietchanges such as caffeine intake, use of nicotine, and alcoholconsumption can make a difference in their vestibular disordersymptoms.
- Medication - Depending on the severity ofa patient’s vestibular disorder symptoms, different treatments formedication are used. An acute phase that lasts up to five days relyon prescriptions that help reduce motion sickness and nausea.
- Surgery - If medication does not work inalleviating vestibular disorder symptoms, the patient may berecommended a corrective or a destructive surgery – depending ontheir case. A corrective surgery helps repair the inner earfunction and stabilize it while a destructive surgery tries to stopthe production of sensory information or prevent the transmissionfrom your inner ear to the brain. Like all treatment options,surgery should be considered a last resort as it will makepermanent changes to how your body naturally functions.
While these treatment options are widely used, they are alsofocused solely on the vestibular disorder symptoms. However, thereis an all-natural treatment available to those who want their bodyto heal and repair from the inside out by targeting what could becausing your symptoms.
A Natural Treatment That Targets the Cause of myVestibular Disorder Symptoms?
For years upper cervical adjustments have been used to helpmaintain a healthy upper cervical spine and brain stem function.Your upper cervical spine protects your brain stem and allowsproper communication to flow through the brain to the body so itmay continue to function properly and heal and repair itself afterinjury or infection.
Vestibular disorders affect the inner ear and parts of thebrain, and it also sits very close to the atlas vertebra in yourupper cervical spine. A misalignment here can compress against thebrain stem and surrounding nerves, affecting soft tissue anddisrupting brain to body communication.
What happens here is the body becomes unable to effectivelyrepair, heal, and fight off infection. If left untreated, the areawill weaken causing more issues throughout the body to occur as ifit can affect regular bodily functions such as breathing, sleeping,blood pressure, and eating.
The vessels, nerves, and structure of the ear can be affected byan upper cervical misalignment – causing changes in how your bodyperceives balance and lead to improper drainage that causes earinfections. A lot of vestibular disorder symptoms can be caused bythis misalignment.
The purpose of the upper cervical chiropractor is to realign theupper cervical spine, releasing pressure placed on the brain stemand surrounding nerves. This encourages brain and bodycommunication to return to normal and to begin the repair andhealing process.
Since this treatment relies on giving back the body’s ability tonaturally heal, repair, and function as it should – patients whohave already tried medication and surgery still report uppercervical as being effective in treating their vestibular disordersymptoms.
If you or a loved one is suffering from vestibular disordersymptoms and are looking to find relief, upper cervical adjustmentsare gentle, safer than medication and surgery, and allows your bodyto strengthen naturally instead of being altered to overlook thesymptoms or forced to ignore them with medication or surgery.