BPPV stands for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. About 70 million of those in the USA suffer from some sort of vestibular issue, with BPPV being the most common one. It is responsible for approximately 50% of all dizziness and vertigo in those over age 40. Not only does one feel a false sense of spinning or rotation, but they may also have nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances, or hearing issues.
BPPV is caused by a malfunction of the inner ear. They way that the brain knows how and where the body is positioned comes from signals sent via nerves and sensors that note how the fluid within the ear is moving. If crystals that are made up of calcium carbonate move to an area where they are not supposed to be, they can interfere with proper signals being sent, leading to BPPV.
Finding Relief for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Medication is often prescribed to take care of this problem. However, this does not work for everyone and often comes with unwanted side effects. Medication is also only a temporary fix. If one is looking for a long-term solution, he may want to look at the underlying cause of the problem. The best way to do this is by seeking the care of an upper cervical chiropractor.
At Synergy Chiropractic, we examine the upper neck closely to see if there is a misalignment present in either the atlas (C1) or axis (C2) vertebra. These bones lie at the top of the neck and are in close proximity to the ear as well as the brainstem. A misalignment can be the very thing that is causing improper signals to be sent to the brain about the body’s position. We use a gentle adjustment to help the bones move back into their proper place naturally. Once this is done, patients often see a decrease in BPPV symptoms, while some see it go away completely.
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Dr. John Pairmore and Dr. Dennis Young of Pairmore and Young Synergy Chiropractic, in Anchorage, Alaska have 44 years of combined clinical experience. Their anchorage chiropractic clinic is the only office in Alaska that has the specialized Atlas Orthogonal Adjusting Instrument. Dr Pairmore and Young also serve Fairbanks, Wasilla, and Eagle River along with the entire state of Alaska. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, whiplash and other neck injuries, chronic back pain, sciatica and more. Learn more about our team at http://www.907chiro.com/our-team