Holistic Treatment for Vertigo and dizziness symptoms

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By: Dr. Haley Girard, DC, DACNB Special to the Boca and Delray newspapers
You’ve likely heard someone you know speak of “having vertigo,”or maybe you yourself have experienced the unpleasant symptoms of abnormal spinning sensations, lightheadedness, or imbalance. Vertigo itself is a symptom, not a condition, and can be caused by a number of vestibular conditions. According to a poll on vestibular.org, participants were asked “In a years time, how many days of work do you miss due to your vestibular disorder?” Out of 494 respondents, 253 (51%) responded that they are unable to work, and 101 respondents (20%) reported missing two to five weeks of work per year. This is a significant amount of time and these symptoms are obviously very negatively impacting the quality of life of those they are affecting. While this poll is questioning sufferers of many vestibular disorders, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo symptoms.
BPPV occurs when otoliths (small calcium carbonate particles) become dislodged from the membrane where they are normally embedded, inside of the organs within the inner ear that detect movement. When these particles become trapped in the inner ear canals, abnormal perceptions of movement of the environment around you or of yourself occur due to the vestibular stimulation caused by the improper position of these particles. Specific head movements usually trigger the vertigo when true BPPV is occurring, and these head movements result in reflexive eye movements, or nystagmus, which indicate which area of the inner ear is involved. At The Conde Center for Chiropractic Neurology, our board certified chiropractic neurologists use their extensive functional neurological training to detect the area involved, and are well equipped to treat BPPV through conservative measures including the Epley maneuver, specific chiropractic adjustments, balancing exercises, and general habituation exercises.