Vertigo & Dizziness Therapy
Most doctors and other health professionals agree that the causes of dizziness and the causes of vertigo can be elusive. Vertigo, or dizziness lightheadedness, affects millions of people around the world. There are a number of terms used to describe it, such as dizziness nausea, dizziness vertigo, headaches dizziness and sinus dizziness. In a majority of the cases, the symptoms of vertigoare nothing more than a temporary inconvenience. In some cases, vertigo symptoms can build intoa debilitating condition. Day-to-day activitiesare kept to a minimum due to the severe dizziness. Does this sound like you?
There can be several causes for dizziness at the same time, includingthepart ofthe nervous systemknown asthe cerebellum. The cerebellum is in the posterior aspect (back part) of the brain and controls our balance and coordinated movements. Other dizziness causes may include inner ear disturbances, sinus infections, allergies and cervical disequilibrium (a movement disorder in the neck). By themselves, or in combination, they all have the potential to cause dizziness. If you experience sudden dizziness when standing up from a seated position,this may indicate a drop in blood pressure, a condition known as orthostatic hypotension.There are different drugless treatment approaches that can lead to a vertigo cure, depending on the cause.
Various neurological tests that we utilizecan help usdetermine the underlying reason for cerebellar function. Standing with your feet together and eyes closed, the test is positive if the patient sways back and forth. Other tests include touching the index finger to the nose with the eyes closed, walking heel to toe, moving the fingers rapidly as if playing the piano, or touching all of your fingers to your thumb as fast as possible. These tests and others are used to determine the function of the cerebellum as one possible cause of vertigo.
With Brain Balance Therapy, treatment for vertigowhen the causes for dizziness includescerebellar dysfunction may include:
- Unilateral (one-sided) Adjustments: Extremities (arms and legs), lumbar (low back) and cervical (neck) spine will begently adjustedon one side only to fire muscle spindle cells (muscle receptors) and joint mechanoreceptors (joint receptors) into the same cerebellum and opposite cerebral cortex (brain). The thoracic (mid-back) spine will be gently adjusted to fire the dorsal columns (back part of the spinal cord) and reduce rib fixations.
- Caloric: A warm water caloric may be administered in the ear to stimulate the ipsilateral (same side) cerebellum.
- Eye Exercises: Eye exercises may be used to increase the frequency of firing to the cerebellum and frontal lobe of the brain.
- Heat Therapy: Heat therapy is used to promote an increased metabolic and healing rate to the involved tissue. Increased heat helps increase activation to the brain. Heat has immediate soothing and palliative effects as decreased joint stiffness, decreased muscle spasms and releases histamine and bradykinin causing vasodilation of the tissues.
- Visual Stimulation using lights and varying colors in one eye or both eyes may be used to stimulate or calm the affected areas of the brain involved, improving brain function.
- Sound Stimulation, using soft or sharp tones, music or different languagingcan be used to affect one side of the brain, or both, depending on findings from your examination.
- Olfactory (Smell) Stimulation, using mild or stronger fragrances, in one or both nostrils,may be a method used to stimulate or calm areas of the brain, creating balance.
One or all of the procedures may be employed to restore the brain and cerebellum to its normal function. Does this approach sound different and exciting to you?
If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for our breakthrough procedures for treating vertigo give us a call to schedule a consultation at 772-287-7701. Do you want to greatly improve or eliminate the dizziness now?Return to Conditions We Treat