What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help?

What does the term, “vertigo,” mean? Vertigo is a medical term used to describe the dizzy sensation that someone suffers within a fixed environment. It is a sense that the outer world is tilting or spinning. The disturbance can be sudden and short-lived or chronic. Whether acute or chronic, however, the precise cause of vertigo should be diagnosed and the proper treatment undertaken.

There are a number of causes for the symptoms of Vertigo. An inner ear condition, known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, can sometimes occur as the aftermath of a head injury or severe cold. Sometimes this particular vertigo can be a part of getting older. However, more often then not, the cause is unknown. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is a wordy diagnosis, but it delineates perfectly this non-progressive condition that is generated by, as its name implies, a abrupt change in head position. The symptoms are generally unanticipated and unpredictable.

To get an idea of what brings about the often disabling symptoms of this type of vertigo, it is beneficial to examine the function of the inner ear. The inner ear contains fluid that permits the brain to sense movement and maintain balance. The inner ear also contains small calcium carbonate crystals, known as otoconia. These crystals will float in the inner ear fluid if dislodged. As the crystals strike against the sensitive nerve endings in the inner ear, they cause the symptoms of  Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV.

If you suffer from BPPV, it is good for you to know that chiropractic treatment can get rid of the symptoms of BPPV fast and effectively using a technique known as the Epley maneuver. Through the use of this technique, your Santa Clara chiropractor moves the head of a BPPV sufferer into several different positions, allowing gravity to move the calcium carbonate crystals into an area of the inner ear that is away from the nerve endings where they won’t generate further dizziness.

Your chiropractor has assisted hundreds of people suffering from Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo using the Epley Maneuver technique. Often, with just one treatment the majority of patients no longer suffer from dizziness. Make an appointment with your Santa Clara chiropractor today!

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