Vertigo and dizziness are part of the spectrum of balance disorders. In these conditions, people may feel as though things around them are spinning. They may feel as though they are still moving, even though they are actually still, or that they are very unsteady and have a loss of balance. They may even fear moving because they may fall.How Common Are Balance Disorders?
Various studies have reported anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of adults will suffer from some sort of balance disorder at some time in their lives. It should come as no surprise that the elderly are those most prone to balance disorders.
Depending on the root cause of the balance disorder, different chiropractic treatments may be used. In some cases, where the cervical (neck) joints are not moving correctly, the brain may end up sending incorrect signals to the muscles, resulting in what is known as cervicogenic vertigo. Adjustments to the cervical spinal joints can help them move properly. In other cases, the chiropractor may put the patient through a series of positions in order to help clear debris that may have settled in the sensitive structures of the inner ear and can cause balance disorders.What Does the Research Say?
An article published in the Jan. 7, 2013 issue of Chiropractic and Manual Therapies compared a group of 177 neck pain patients with dizziness to 228 neck pain patients without dizziness. All patients reported improvement in pain at one, three, and six months into treatment. At six months, 80 percent of patients with dizziness and 78 percent of patients without dizziness reported improvement in symptoms. Furthermore, at six months, there was no difference in improvement measures between patients with dizziness and those without. There are also a number of case reports that show improvement in various balance disorders with the use of chiropractic techniques.
Balance disorders can greatly impair patients’ daily lives. Chiropractic care can offer a safe, effective means for them to regain control.