Conditions That Belong to Peripheral Vertigo & Central Vertigo

Many people hoping to break free from pain turn to a chiropractor for vertigo in Zeeland. Have you wondered what central and peripheral vertigo can do to people? Vertigo is not a condition. It is a symptom of a condition or a disease. When vertigo attacks happen, it affects a person’s sense of balance. It is when a person’s equilibrium proves faulty, making him or her feel sensations of spinning, or his or her environment rotating around. However, this sensation is a false one because no spinning or rotation occurs in reality.

The feeling is similar to when people spin around long enough and then suddenly stop. As a result, even when they are no longer spinning, they still feel that they do for several seconds. Vertigo comes with several unpleasant symptoms, such as: 

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • A high chance of falling due to a loss of balance

Understanding Where Central And Peripheral Vertigo Comes From

Every chiropractor for vertigo in Zeeland is well-versed in the inner workings of vertigo. Within the inner ear, several structures help the body to process accurately incoming signals that assist with our balance and position in the environment. These structures within the ear are the utricle, saccule, and semicircular canals. The information these structures transmit to the brain becomes translated into a response by the body. For example, a female athlete on a balance beam moves in specific ways, and then as she feels off-balanced, she moves her body to compensate for regaining her balance. 

There are two specific areas from which vertigo can have its origins. These are:

  • Peripheral Vertigo

When a problem arises from the inner ear, it is peripheral vertigo. To maintain balance, the functions of the inner ear should be working correctly. Otherwise, you would encounter some problems with your balance. It could also mean a disruption in the semicircular canals, the vestibular labyrinth, or the vestibular nerve that links the inner ear with the brainstem. Any time one of these structures would malfunction, it would cause peripheral vertigo.

  • Central Vertigo

The central nervous system is primarily associated with central vertigo. Therefore, any time vertigo happens and it is due to the brain, the cerebellum, or the brainstem, then it is called central vertigo.

To learn more about the connection between head and neck injuries and vertigo, download our complimentary e-book How to Naturally Relieve Vertigo without Drugs below.

peripheral vertigo

Conditions Under Peripheral Vertigo

  • Cervicogenic vertigo
  • BPPV (benign positional paroxysmal vertigo)
  • Meniere's disease
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Mal de Debarquement syndrome (also called disembarkment syndrome)
  • Trauma to the neck or head

Conditions Under Central Vertigo

  • Migraines
  • Tumors (either malignant or benign)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Blood vessel disease
  • Medication side effects 

When Should You Worry About Your Central or Peripheral Vertigo?

People who suffer from central or peripheral vertigo with specific warning signs are a cause for concern. Watch out for these added symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Neck pain
  • Difficulty walking
  • Loss of consciousness (fainting)
  • Other neurological signs (trouble hearing, seeing, speaking, swallowing, or problems moving arms and legs)

If several of the above-listed symptoms are present, be vigilant. If they are severe or continuous for more than one hour, and the patient starts to vomit, please go to a hospital immediately. It indicates a medical emergency.

The Crucial Relationship Between The Neck and Vertigo

There is a common theme discovered among people with central and peripheral vertigo. Most suffered from a head or neck injury or trauma in the past. Misalignment frequently occurs in the top two neck bones – the atlas and axis vertebrae. Here are factors that may cause misalignment:

  • Car accidents
  • Sporting injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Concussions 
  • Slipping, sliding, or falling incidents

Due to the location of your Eustachian tube or inner ear—in the uppermost region of the spine,  suffering from a spinal misalignment can cause equilibrium issues. Also, another critical factor needs consideration: the bones of the upper cervical spine house the brainstem, which is vital for proper vestibular function.

As a result, when any of these parts do not work correctly, it would cause a domino effect upon all the systems mentioned earlier. Thus, the inner ear would not drain properly. Also, the communication between the brain and the vestibular nerve would become less effective and fail at maintaining standard body control and balance. Further, a series of other symptoms may follow, such as tinnitus (ringing in the ear), ear pressure, and also hearing loss. 

This part of the neck (upper cervical spine) is particularly vulnerable to misalignment due to the unique shapes of the atlas (C1) and axis (C2) vertebrae and their constant use. If you experience any trauma or injury to the head or neck, these bones can misalign, which will cause vertigo, neck pain, and other health problems. A chiropractor for vertigo in Zeeland is ready to help.

Upper Cervical Chiropractic Care – A Natural And Non-Invasive Solution

For more than a decade, upper cervical chiropractic care succeeded in helping vertigo patients find relief. There was a clinical study that involved sixty patients with various types, including central and peripheral vertigo. The patients were aged 12 to 73 years old. At least 56 of these vertigo patients experienced head or neck trauma or injury in their past. Their injuries differed in extremity. Some had minor slipping or sliding incidents, the others had sporting injuries, or had vehicular accidents.

Finally, after each patient received personally tailored adjustments and upper cervical care within one to 6 months of care, a 100% success rate was achieved. Forty-eight of the vertigo patients reported that they were completely free from all their vertigo symptoms. Twelve of them experienced significant improvement, meaning they had less frequency and severity of vertigo symptoms. Take note that many of these people already tried several other options, and did not get satisfactory results. If you experienced similar conditions as these patients, then perhaps this is the care option that fits your specific needs best. 

Remember to start protecting your upper spinal health. It directly affects the efficiency of the signals passed between the brain and the inner ear. Thus, it can potentially prevent any future vertigo episodes and its associated symptoms.

Consult with Our Chiropractor for Vertigo in Zeeland

Schedule an appointment with Balanced Health Chiropractic Center of West Michigan. Our upper cervical care chiropractor for vertigo in Zeeland can provide gentle and calculated care. We understand the body’s specific area that is essential for a healthy connection between the inner ear and the brain. Thus, correcting any misalignments of the atlas vertebra will restore their functions significantly. Our procedure is very gentle and precise. Once the misalignment becomes corrected, the spine is back to its optimum level, and the body heals properly.Call us at (616) 772-9255 or send us a message.

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