Feeling dizzy and off-balance? Having Vertigo is no fun. It can make you feel like the room is spinning when it’s standing still. Some people feel woozy when they change positions, like rolling over in bed or looking up. Vertigo happens when there’s a problem with your vestibular system – that’s the part deep in your ear that controls balance and spatial awareness. When it gets irritated, it sends wonky signals to your brain making you feel dizzy. No fun at all.
Luckily, seeing a chiropractor may help get to the root cause and make you feel steady again. How? Chiropractors work by adjusting your spine and neck to put things back in their proper position. You see, your neck and spine connect closely with your nervous system, including those balance control centers in your inner ears. By realigning joints that may have shifted, chiropractic care can reduce pressure and irritation on nerves leading to your vestibular system. It helps calm and reset those dizzy signals being sent to your brain so you can feel fixed and grounded.
Let me tell you about my friend Maria who had terrible vertigo. Some mornings, Maria would get up from bed and immediately feel like she was walking sideways – not being able to walk a straight line at all. Other times she’d spin in circles just sitting still in class, totally losing focus as everything whirled around her. She had to grip her desk tightly just to feel steady. The spinning would last for hours and really affected Maria’s everyday life. It was awful.
On her doctor’s recommendation, Maria started seeing a chiropractor. During Maria’s first few visits, Dr. Roberts assessed her neck mobility and spine alignment. He noticed rotation limitations in her upper neck vertebrae that could be pinching the nerves feeding into her inner ear balance centers. To gently reposition those joints, he used precise motions called cervical spinal manipulations combined with head positioning techniques. The maneuvers opened up mobility while also relocating loose ear crystals back into their proper places. After a few treatments Maria already felt improvement with less intense vertigo while changing positions.
In addition to the hands-on adjustments, Dr. Roberts gave Maria rehabilitative balance exercises to do at home. Simple movements like standing on one foot while holding light weights, walking heel-to-toe in a straight line, or moving her head side to side while sitting improved her overall equilibrium. Maria faithfully did her exercises twice a day. After about two months of combined chiropractic care and daily balance practice, Maria’s vertigo had completely gone away. She was so relieved!
Maria’s story shows how a customized treatment plan including targeted chiropractic techniques and supplemental exercises may successfully help reduce debilitating vertigo. The gentle spinal and neck adjustments paired with inner ear crystal repositioning maneuvers eased nerve irritation. Meanwhile, the core and equilibrium strengthening exercises promoted lasting improvement so Maria could live actively and confidently again without dizziness throwing her off.
If you suffer from vertigo’s nausea-inducing wooziness, consider asking your doctor about adding chiropractic methods. Schedule an exam with a chiropractor to check for spine and neck misalignments affecting your vestibular signaling. From there, gentle hands-on treatments combined with rehabilitative balance exercises could get you feeling steady and grounded again. Regaining that stability makes all the difference in comfortably going about your daily life.