Chiropractors treating dizziness & vertigo
Over the years, I have treated many people who had long histories of vertigo and dizziness. After my treatment they had great relief. There are several different causes for vertigo and certainly, a chiropractor can’t fix all of them. But if your dizziness or vertigo has a mechanical component, there is a good chance that a well trained chiropractor can help you. I came across a research article today that addresses the benefits of combining manual therapies (like chiropractic) with vestibular rehabilitation. The results show that chiropractic care alone is effective, but there was still a long way to go in properly designing a study which can prove that combination protocols, including chiropractic, is superior. The article was published in Chiropractic and Manual Therapies.
One of the vertigo issues that I see in my office is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). In BPPV, small stones attached in the inner ear can become dislodge and malfunction. These small stones have in important role in notifying the brain if the body is in motion. When there is malfunction of the system, the brain believes that it is in motion, when if fact, it is not.
One effective way of treating BPPV is to use a manual therapy called an Epley Maneuver. It has been around about 30 years and many MD’s, physical therapists, and chiropractors use the method. The method is pretty simple, painless, and doesn’t take too long.
You can see an example of it below. In this video the actor is going through the motions without the help of a therapist. It is generally better to have a therapist as a guide in order to maintain proper head position.
Dr. Andrew White
St George chiropractor treating vertigo.