Vestibular Disorders ChiropracticTreatment
The vestibular system consists of parts of the inner ear andbrain. These parts help control balance and eye movements. When thevestibular system is damaged, vestibular disorder can occur. Thenatural process of aging can damage your vestibular system as wellas an injury or disease.
For adults 40 years of age or older, it is estimated that 35%have experienced some type of vestibular dysfunction.
What is the most common vestibular disordersymptom?
The most common symptom of vestibular disorder is dizziness andhaving trouble with balance. Other than these symptoms, those whohave vestibular disorder could experience the following:
Vertigo anddizziness - Vertigo is a sensation of theenvironment spinning around you or the sense of you moving whileyou are standing still. Vertigo can also make one feel they arebeing pulled in one direction. Dizziness is the feeling oflightheadedness, floating, or rocking.
Visiondisturbance - This vestibular disorder symptomcan cause the person to have trouble focusing or tracking objectswith the eyes. Busy visual environments like stores, concerts,patterns, and traffic may cause discomfort. The person may developa sensitivity to lights or glares and experience increased nightblindness – making it difficult for them to walk in the dark. Alongwith this, having vision disturbance as a vestibular disordersymptom can result in the person experiencing poor depthperception.
Changes inhearing - Changes in hearing as a vestibulardisorder symptom includes hearing loss, tinnitus, and sensitivityto loud noises or environments.
Imbalance and spatialdisorientation - When it comes to thisvestibular disorder symptom, a person may have trouble walkingstraight or while turning. When your body is imbalanced, it cancause muscle and joint pain as well. In addition, they may havedifficulty in maintaining proper posture and the head could tilt tothe side.
Because of spatial disorientation,the person tends to look down to confirm the ground’s location orfeel the need to hold onto something when standing or seating. Thissymptom can cause the person to develop a sensitivity to changes inwalking surfaces or footwear.
Cognitivechanges - Some cognitive changes reported as avestibular disorder symptom include forgetfulness, confusion,difficulty paying attention or concentrating, trouble understandingconversations, trouble comprehending directions or instructions,mental fatigue, and short-term memory lapses.
Psychologicalchanges - Psychological changes include a drop inself-esteem or confidence, depression, anxiety, panic, loss ofself-reliance, and social isolation.
How does Vestibular Disorder Affect myHealth?
Vestibular disorder can affect your health in many ways,mentally and physically. Those who have vestibular disorders couldbe seen as being easily distracted, overly anxious, attentionseeking, or lazy. However, the symptoms that come with having avestibular disorder causes changes in how you act and do things ona daily basis.
Over time, these negative changes can take a toll on your mentaland physical health.
Since the vestibular system is a link between the brain and theinner ear that helps with balance, injury to your vestibular systemdisrupts the balance and can cause nausea, motion sickness,headaches, or feeling of being seasick.
Difference Between Vestibular Disorder and ClosedEar
A closed ear is when your ears become clogged from an earinfection or eustachian tube dysfunction. During an eustachian tubedysfunction, the mucosal lining of the tube could be swollen ordoes not properly open or close. With a vestibular disorder,however, this is caused by damage to the vestibular system andaffects your balance.
Can Vestibular Disorder be Treated by a NeckAdjustment?
It is recommended that a neck adjustment be done by aprofessional who studies the upper cervical spine (neck area). Aprofessional who studies the upper cervical spine will know moreabout how the health of the neck area can affect the rest of thebody and cause many issues and conditions down the line if leftuntreated.
Believe it or not, getting a proper chiropractic neck adjustmentcan do wonders for those experiencing vestibular disorder.
Can Chiropractic Offer Vestibular DisorderTreatment?
Chiropractic neck adjustments are known to help improvepatients’ conditions on many types of disorders, includingvestibular disorder. This is because the upper cervical spine (thetop two bones located beneath the base of the skull in the neckarea) oversee in protecting the brain stem – the most powerful partof our body.
The brain stem controls our normal bodily functions and sendsbrain to body signals to help heal and repair injuries andsickness. If a misalignment occurs, where any of the top two bonesfall out of place, they can press against the brain stem causing itto not function properly.
When this happens, many negative changes begin to take placewithin the body as signals now become distorted and the body doesnot respond properly or sometimes does not respond at all.
Disorders that involve issues with balance, hearing, and visionare often improved after chiropractic neck adjustments.
Best Chiropractic Technique for VestibularDisorder
The best chiropractic technique for vestibular disorder isreferred to as upper cervical adjustments. These adjustments arefocused on the neck area and are gentle, precise motions that takepressure off your brain stem as the bones are moved back intoplace.
Because proper brain to body communication is restored afterreleasing pressure placed onto the brain stem, the body begins torepair and heal itself immediately and will continue to do so aslong as the correct adjustment holds.
Those with vestibular disorder have seen great improvement afteras little as one upper cervical adjustment.
The goal of the upper cervical chiropractor is to continue toadjust the upper cervical area of your spine until the body repairsthe soft tissue surrounding the bones to become strong enough tohold it in place.
This helps regulate the blood flow that could cause headachesand vertigo, and helps pain caused by tight muscles or tornligaments. Upper cervical adjustments have also help parts of theinner ear move back into proper place. When the brain stem enablesyour system to return communicating and functioning normally, thebody changes itself significantly to repair itself back to healthas best as it can.
Chiropractic Vestibular Disorder Practitioner NearMe
If you have vestibular disorder and are looking for anall-natural, safe alternative that can target the cause of theissue rather than only focusing on the symptoms, upper cervicaladjustments should not be overlooked.
The brain stem is very powerful and having a healthy brain stemis important. Any harm placed on the brain stem can cause manymultiple complications that will worsen over time if leftuntreated, including the development of vestibular disorder.
We can determine if you have a misalignment, the severity of themisalignment, and how it is affecting your body and treat itappropriately. Patients who have undergone treatments of medicationand surgery have still reported great improvements with uppercervical adjustments as no medication or surgery helps the brainstem or body return to its natural function.
So, if you live in the Charlotte area, give our office a call.We're The Upper Cervical Spine Center. We're located convenientlybetween 77 and 485 on W Arrowood Road. Our office number is704-588-5560.
We never charge for the initial consultation to see what yourneeds are, and if it is something we think we can help you with,we'll explain to you what we need to do. If it's something wecannot, then we will definitely try to find another specialist thatwe think that can help.