After headaches, dizziness is the most frequent neurological disorder in humans. It occurs more frequently in women and the elderly. Research shows that 20-30% of the population are struggling with dizziness, and this often increases with age. Dizziness usually involves losing the sense of body position and movement in space. However one can find that the body or surroundings are moving when really it’s at a standstill. The medical terminology for this is Vertigo. You can also have a more indefinite sense of poor balance, almost fainting, tinnitus, flickering eyes etc.
Other symptoms of dizziness may include fever, severe headache, palpitations, chest pain or difficulty breathing. Should any of these symptoms occur, one should consult a doctor or chiropractor. The word dizziness is used to describe many different experiences, including crystal sickness. To determine the cause of vertigo, it is therefore crucial to identify which type in question.
Dizziness is believed to be caused by problems that affect the balance mechanism in your inner ear. Balance is dependent on the sensory information from the eyes, balance organs and body muscles and joints.
Common causes of Dizziness:
• Stress, anxiety and anxiety states
• Side effects from medications
• Alcohol abuse
• Neurological diseases
• Ear Infections (middle)
• Heart / vascular disease or atherosclerosis
• Diabetes or metabolic disorder
• Meniere’s Disease
• Old Age
• Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
A patient’s medical history is crucial when a diagnosis is to be made. Your Chiro & Sports Med chiropractor will conduct a thorough examination of the musculoskeletal system, as well as taking blood pressure and a full neurological examination if necessary. A thorough examination of the neck is always helpful for most patients with dizziness when all or part of the cause of the problem may lie there (called cervikogen dizziness). If It turns out that the investigations are negative, your chiropractor as a primarycontact will refer you to a specialist.
This may include:
• Audiometry – hearing test
• CT or MRI of the brain or inner ear
• EEG – recording of brain electrical activity by electrodes attached to the scalp.
• Various special tests balance and hearing
Chiropractic treatment for dizziness
When the type of dizziness is mapped out, the chiropractorwill then provide effective and safe treatment. Their aim is to help restore normal function in the parts of the nervous, muscular and skeletal system which disrupts the balance device. Malfunctions in the neck may also reinforce the second dizziness states. Treatment of dizziness and malfunction in the neck can be an important part of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program that includes physical therapy and acupuncture. Therefore during the rehabilitation period it’s important to take responsibility. Being careful with tobacco and alcohol for instance, as well as reducing any use of tranquilizers and sleeping pills. Get only medications that have proven to be effective against dizziness.
Treatment by a chiropractor will help to restore the normal function of the locomotor and nervous system, to decrease pain, promote overall health and increase quality of life. In the treatment of the individual patient, emphasis is placed on seeing the patient in a holistic perspective on an overall assessment. Our chiropractor mainly uses his hands in the processing and uses a variety of methods and techniques to restore normal function in the joints, muscles, connective tissue and nervous system.
• Specific gentle paragraph corrections
• Muscular techniques
• Neurological techniques
• Stabilizing training
• Exercises, advice and guidance
If you would like to make an appointment with one of the chiropractors at Chiro & Sports Medsimply call our office on 9817 2005 and one of our friendly staff will organise an appointment for you.