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Dizziness - Vertigo

Dizziness is a common complaint and can be truly debilitating. When severe, the dizziness can literally control a patient’s life. We have seen numerous patients that were afraid to go out of their house due to fear that they would have an attack in a public place and become disoriented. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments will often provide tremendous relief for dizziness and vertigo sufferers.

There are actually four different symptoms that can be described by a patient as being “dizziness”: Light-headedness – the patient feels like they have a “floaty” head; presyncope – the patient feels “faint”; disequilibrium – the patient feels off balance; and vertigo – a “spinning” sensation.

Karel Lewit, MD, one of the foremost authorities in the world on locomotor system dysfunction and its effects on equilibrium, states: "It is important to stress that a cervical factor may be present in all forms of vertigo and dizziness ... in no field is manipulation more effective than in the treatment of disturbances of equilibrium." It has been shown in several studies that the cervical spine plays a very strong role in the body's regulation of the sense of equilibrium.

The reason is that the joints in the spine send an enormous quantity of information to the brain regarding movement and position of the body in space. If these joints do not function properly, dizziness results from the false information received by the brain. The most common cause of malfunction of the spine is a joint problem called subluxation, which is easily corrected by a skilled chiropractor.

In a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Dr. Fitz-Ritson showed that patients with posttraumatic vertigo of cervical origin treated by a chiropractor experienced a 90.2 percent success rate. We know of no other intervention that even comes close to that!

Another cause of dizziness can be malfunction of the balance apparatus located in the inner ear. Crystal formation in that apparatus can cause malfunction of the tiny hair-like structures that are designed to sense motion. Fortunately, there is a simple manoeuvre that can, in lots of cases, successfully shift these crystals into an area where they will no longer affect the brain signals. A chiropractor trained in this manoeuvre can also help tremendously, as it has been the case with countless patients in our office.

Finally, Meniere’s disease is yet another cause of dizziness. Even when this is the case, Dr. Lewit showed, in a study published in the Journal of Orthopedic Medicine, that patients with Meniere's syndrome can be effectively treated with chiropractic adjustments, demonstrating that 79 percent of 21 cases showed an "excellent" outcome.

So if you have dizziness, do not suffer unnecessarily, call us today!

Patient Stories

Moe Gow

Moe Gow came in complaining of dizziness that was so bad that she was home bound most of the time. It was truly debilitating. The dizziness had been going on for 3 years, and doctors and specialists were at a loss to know what was causing it and...

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Connie Penner

Our patient of the month for May is Connie Penner. Connie consulted us in October, 2006, for debilitating vertigo (dizziness). The problem was so bad that she had literally adapted her life to it. It limited all her activities. She...

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Helen Plesko

Helen Plesko came to our office in May 2006 with headaches, dizziness, low energy, back pain, hypertension, and a sore foot. She had decided to do something about all that. At 51, she was worried that her life quality would just continue...

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Patient Stories

Moe Gow

Moe Gow came in complaining of dizziness that was so bad that she was home bound most of the time. It was truly debilitating. The dizziness had been going on for 3 years, and doctors and specialists were at a loss to know what was causing it and how to help her. She also had received a number of chiropractic adjustments but the dizziness was still present. We decided to perform a session of BNS (Bilateral Nasal Specific) on Moe after learning the technique. The dizziness went away after the first session! Now months later, she is still free of this debilitating condition. She enjoys being able to go out and do all sorts of activities again!

Connie Penner

Our patient of the month for May is Connie Penner. Connie consulted us in October, 2006, for debilitating vertigo (dizziness). The problem was so bad that she had literally adapted her life to it. It limited all her activities. She didn`t even want to go out of the house to do her errands because it was so bad. She would often spend days laying in bed because she was so sick. She had become very frustrated about handling this problem. She also experienced lots of headaches, numbness and tingling in her arms, and had very low energy. Her exam showed multiple subluxations in her neck, and a reversed neck curve with degeneration. Her condition slowly improved with adjustments, and now she is at the point that she hardly has any vertigo at all. She can now function normally and take care of her family. Her headaches, numbness and tingling are all gone, and she has much more energy. Connie was really good at keeping the exact schedule of appointments that was recommended to her, and we strongly believe that it is the reason for her success. As the saying goes, “80% of success is showing up!” Chiropractic gave her her life back!

Helen Plesko

Helen Plesko came to our office in May 2006 with headaches, dizziness, low energy, back pain, hypertension, and a sore foot. She had decided to do something about all that. At 51, she was worried that her life quality would just continue declining with time, as it did for her mother. Helen followed an intensive chiropractic schedule to make deep changes in the way her nervous system worked. She experienced gradual improvement and now, one year later, she is totally energized! Her headaches are gone as are the back pain and sore foot. In combination with a body cleanse, her blood pressure is now within normal limits. But the most exciting change is probably the amazing increase in energy that she has experienced. She has so much energy that she now goes to the gym on a regular basis and even practices body combat! Wow! Thank you, Helen, and congratulations on your commitment to your health!

Miriam Quiroga

Miriam Quiroga consulted our clinic in July 2006 for back and leg pain, headaches, dizziness, low energy, anxiety and panic attacks, heartburn, difficulty breathing and irritable bowel syndrome. On chiropractic examination, it was clear that Miriam`s nervous system was subject to severe interference from multiple spinal subluxations. Of special interest was the fact that Miriam had been trying to get pregnant for years but could not. After a few short months of chiropractic care, she announced to us that she was not only pregnant with one child but two! Miriam was adjusted regularly during her pregnancy and Scarlett and Xander, two beautiful healthy babies, were born (naturally!- rare for twins) on July 22, 2007. They were checked and adjusted as soon as they came out of the hospital. Miriam couldn`t believe how calm they were and how well they slept after being adjusted. It`s amazing what will happen when the nervous system starts working properly. Additionally, all the other symptoms Miriam complained about at her initial visit disappeared or greatly improved. Thank you Miriam for your trust and confidence!