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How Can Chiropractic Care Help Relieve Vertigo?

What is Vertigo?

It is a type of dizziness associated with an illusion of movement, often a spinning sensation.  You may feel this when getting in and out of bed or tilting your head up.  It can have many causes and in most cases is a treatable condition.

Types of Vertigo

  • Peripheral Vertigo-caused by a problem in the inner ear, which controls your balance.
  • Central Vertigo-due to disease originating from the central nervous system (brain tumor, MS or trauma to the brain)
  • Cervicogenic Vertigo-dizziness associate with neck movement.

The most common type is a type of peripheral vertigo know as: Benign Paroxysmal Positional: BPPV happens when small crystals of calcium get loose in your inner ear; however, chiropractic adjustments along with certain movements can move the crystals out of your ear canal.

What are some causes of BPPV?

  • Head injury
  • severe cold or virus
  • ageing process
  • use of ototoxic medications


  • Half of all cases of BPPV are “idiopathic,” which means they occur for no known reason.

Diagnosis of BPPV

  •  Chiropractors are able to diagnose this condition after taking a full case history and performing a physical and neurological examination.

Treatment of BPPV

  • The condition is treated by certain repositioning manoeuvers.  The chiropractor will move you into specific positions depending on what has previously been found in the assessment, using gravity to move the calcium carbonate crystals away into an area of the inner ear where they will cause no further symptoms.

Type of Exercise Movements

  • Epley Maneuver (most commonly used)
  • Brandt-Daroff exercises
  • Semont Maneuver

Symptoms sometimes go away during a period of doing these movements, but often improvement occurs gradually over a period of weeks or even months.

Doing these exercises are likely to cause dizziness and a feeling of nausea for some people; therefore, it’s important to talk to your health care provider before trying these exercises on your own.

Dr. Carlson has treated numerous patients for this condition.  Call today for more information at 320-257-8266 or for more detailed information please visit the link below.