What is Vertigo, and what causes it?

Vertigo is the sensation of spinning without movement. Dr. Curtis explains that problems with the inner ear usually cause vertigo’s symptoms. More specifically, there are three leading causes of vertigo:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)  -- A condition affecting the inner ear when calcium particles (canaliths) migrate from the utricle to the ear canals in the inner ear.

  • Meniere’s disease -- A condition caused by changes in the ear’s pressure generally along with a buildup of fluid. This may lead to additional symptoms besides vertigo.

  • Vestibular neuritis -- A condition that inflames the inner ear’s nerves.

Symptoms of vertigo will depend on the individual and the cause behind it, but some common ones include:

  • Swaying

  • Lack of balance

  • Headaches

  • Sweating

  • Ringing in ears

  • Loss of hearing

  • Nausea

  • Spinning


How does The Wellness Studio treat vertigo?

Dr. Curtis is well versed in a number of techniques to treat vertigo successfully. Depending on the patient’s symptoms, treatment options may include: spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and a canalith repositioning maneuver.

Spinal adjustments are often performed as they balance the nervous system and allow it to function properly. These gentle adjustments focus on target joints, particularly in the upper portion of the neck, aiding in the relaxation of the muscles surrounding the area. 

Dr. Curtis may also recommend customized stretches and exercises shown to alleviate and relieve vertigo symptoms. 

Dr. Curtis may use the Dix-Hallpike maneuver to determine if the vertigo is a result of BPPV.  If so, the Epley maneuver is used to reposition the canaliths that have become lodged in either the anterior or posterior inner canals of the ear. The Epley maneuver has been shown to have a 90-95% success rate in resolving vertigo classified as BPPV.

Vertigo isn’t inherently life-threatening, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. One nasty fall is all it takes to derail an otherwise normal life. Patients concerned about how vertigo could impact them should make an appointment -- either by phone or online -- with Dr. Curtis right away!