Will a Chiropractor Help With Vertigo? Understanding the Connection Between Chiropractic Care and Vertigo Symptoms

If you’ve ever experienced extreme dizziness or the feeling of your surroundings spinning around you, you understand how uncomfortable and debilitating vertigo can be.

Whether you deal with mild or chronic vertigo attacks, you want relief.

Can chiropractic care give you the relief you desire without the numerous risks and side effects that may come with other traditional treatment methods?

In this guide, we’ll discuss:

  • Chiropractic treatment for vertigo 
  • Two chiropractic treatment methods for vertigo
  • How acupuncture can help relieve vertigo; and
  • Frequently asked questions about vertigo and chiropractic care

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Chiropractic Treatment for Vertigo: Acute vs. Chronic Vertigo

Acute vertigo describes specific, isolated incidences of vertigo. With acute vertigo, patients will experience clear times of onset and offset of symptoms, and symptoms can range from mild to severe. Acute vertigo can come on suddenly and last a short time, or it can last longer.

On the other hand, chronic vertigo describes vertigo symptoms that are continuous or recurring. Chronic vertigo can last for longer periods of time compared to acute vertigo.

In general, vertigo is a medical term used to describe the …

  • Feeling of dizziness
  • Loss of balance; or 
  • The sensation of the room spinning around

… and can also be accompanied by the following symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating; and
  • Weakness

Vertigo consists of inner ear disturbance that can be caused by:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Meniere’s disease
  • An infection; or
  • An accident

Though vertigo isn’t necessarily dangerous, it can be debilitating and can severely affect your quality of life. Getting relief from vertigo symptoms through chiropractic care can help you get back on your feet with a feeling of stability.

Our team at Therapia is focused on providing innovative, patient-focused care in the SW Portland area. If you’re looking for chiropractic treatment for vertigo, we offer a collaborative approach aimed at fostering your health and well-being.

Can a Chiropractor Help With Vertigo?

A chiropractor can help a patient with vertigo, but the degree of relief may range depending on the type and severity of vertigo the patient is experiencing.

Acute vertigo for six to nine months is more easily treated than chronic vertigo that has lasted for years. 

For those suffering from acute vertigo, chiropractic manipulations and care can help.

To treat patients with chronic vertigo, chiropractors will usually want to get referrals from other specialists, like audiologists or neurologists. These referrals can give the chiropractor some important information on possible secondary causes of the patient’s vertigo.

Chiropractic care for those with chronic vertigo may last longer and may not have the same level of success as those with acute vertigo.

How Can a Chiropractor Help With Vertigo?

Chiropractic treatment is a natural method that helps the body to recover on its own. To find relief from vertigo symptoms, two chiropractic methods are generally practiced:

  1. Chiropractic adjustments
  2. The Epley Maneuver

Chiropractic Adjustments

As mentioned above, vertigo can have a variety of causes, including:

  • Ear infections
  • Fluid build up in the ear
  • Crystal (otolith) in the ear canal (BPPV)

Additionally, subluxations in the upper neck and issues with cranial nerves can also be common vertigo causes.

Chiropractic adjustments allow your nervous system to function optimally, meaning that the information transport system from the brain to the rest of your body is able to work without disturbance.

When your nervous system is able to function at its highest level through spinal adjustments, your body is better positioned for more immediate healing after each adjustment.

How Can Adjustments Help With Vertigo?

Adjustments can help relieve subluxations and lead to the improvement of vertigo symptoms.

When the spine is not aligned properly, the inner ear may not function properly and may lead to fluid build up in the ear. The area of fluid build-up is connected by nerves in the upper cervical vertebrae.

With careful chiropractic adjustments to remove subluxations, ear fluid can drain, and other vertigo symptoms can be relieved. Patients receiving regular adjustments may stay better aligned between visits, resulting in continued vertigo symptom relief.

And all of this adds up to improved quality of life and the ability to function freely from day to day.

The Epley Maneuver

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, the Epley Maneuver is a well-known treatment for vertigo that has been used for over forty yearsand was developed by John M. Epley, a Portland doctor.

The Epley Maneuver helps to stabilize the inner ear and will ideally release crystals that may settle there with BPPV. These crystals change a person’s center of balance, tricking the brain into thinking the room is moving when it isn’t. 

How Can the Epley Maneuver Help With Vertigo?

The Epley Maneuver involves a series of head tilts at different degrees to stimulate the movement of the crystal through and out of the ear canal. 

The Epley Maneuver is: 

  • Performed in the chiropractor’s office
  • Minimally invasive
  • Easy; and
  • Quick

This repositioning maneuver uses gravity to help move free-floating particles through the semicircular canal and exit the area that causes the vertigo symptoms.

The Epley Maneuver can be an extremely effective method of vertigo relief for those dealing with BPPV.

Vertigo and Chiropractic Care FAQs

What Are the Benefits of Treating Vertigo With Chiropractic Care?

Vertigo and chiropractic treatments go hand in hand, and chiropractic care may deliver the following benefits:

  1. Chiropractic care can be part of a holistic plan and may supplement treatments prescribed by a primary care provider.
  2. It’s non-invasive.
  3. It generally doesn’t involve pain or discomfort.
  4. Chiropractic care can be combined with acupuncture, posture retraining, and soft tissue work for a well-rounded approach.

At Therapia, we believe in holistic and collaborative care. 

Our chiropractors, licensed acupuncturists, and massage therapists work together to create a treatment plan customized for you to relieve vertigo symptoms — and keep them from recurring.

Will a Chiropractor Prescribe Any At-Home Treatments or Exercises to Help With Vertigo?

In addition to the Epley Maneuver, other similar movements that can be performed at home include the:

  • Sermont Maneuver
  • Foster Maneuver; and
  • Brandt Daroff Maneuver

You should consult with your chiropractor before trying these maneuvers on your own at home.

Other exercises your chiropractor may suggest for use at home include the following:

  • Head rotations – Simply rotate your head in alternating directions to help “reset” your brain.
  • Hold on to something – When experiencing vertigo, finding something to grasp to steady yourself can help your brain get the precise information it needs to correct the confusion it’s experiencing.
  • Neck massage – Nerves in the neck that connect to the brain may respond to massage, relieving tension that can aggravate vertigo symptoms.
  • Head massage – This exercise can increase blood flow, lessen stress, and alleviate vertigo symptoms.

At Therapia, our chiropractors will complete a thorough exam, create a treatment plan, and guide you clearly on the type of exercises you should do on your own at home to relieve vertigo symptoms.

How Many Visits Will Be Required With a Chiropractor to Help With Vertigo?

The visits required to relieve vertigo symptoms will vary from patient to patient.

Acute vertigo may be treated in fewer visits than chronic vertigo. If a patient has been struggling with vertigo for a year or more, they may require longer care.

In general, we recommend anywhere from 10 to 16 visits for those with acute vertigo.

To Complement Chiropractic Care for Vertigo, Your Chiropractor May Suggest Acupuncture

Chiropractic care coupled with other treatments can deliver impressive improvements in vertigo symptoms.

In addition to soft tissue work, massage, and posture retraining, acupuncture can be an effective treatment for vertigo.

Acupuncturists use thin, pre-sterilized, disposable needles to treat meridian points in the body. Acupuncture works to promote health and alleviate medical issues, like vertigo.

How Can Acupuncture Help Treat Vertigo?

Acupuncture works by stimulating the central nervous system, releasing chemicals into the body that promote healing. For vertigo treatment, acupuncture can also stimulate fluid drainage from the ear, thus relieving vertigo symptoms.

A study of emergency room patients with vertigo symptoms showed that, “acupuncture demonstrates a significant immediate effect in reducing discomforts and VAS of both dizziness and vertigo.” 

Can Acupuncture Improve the Outcome of Chiropractic Care for Vertigo?

Combined with chiropractic care, acupuncture can help provide a positive outcome through comprehensive and holistic treatment.

Of course …

  • Each patient is different
  • The causes of their vertigo may vary; and
  • They may respond differently to aspects of their treatment

so how acupuncture affects the outcome of a patient’s chiropractic care will also vary.

However, patients can receive great improvement by receiving benefits from both treatments simultaneously. 

Our team at Therapia will work with our SW Portland patients to develop a treatment plan based on your symptoms, needs, and comfort level. We’ll take a careful look at all the details and recommend acupuncture and chiropractic care together when appropriate.  

Experiencing Vertigo? Therapia Wellness Clinic in SW Portland May Be Able to Help

If you’re in SW Portland and vertigo is getting you down — and keeping you downour team at Therapia Wellness Clinic may be able to help.

We specialize in chiropractic care in SW Portland and have a team of practitioners that work together to holistically serve our patients. 

We integrate

  • Massage
  • Acupuncture; and
  • Other modalities

to enhance our chiropractic treatments.

Our mission is to bring healing, rejuvenation, and healthy lifestyle practices to our patients in the SW Portland area by providing holistic care that is:

  • Safe
  • Gentle; and 
  • Effective

By combining a variety of treatments, our team can serve our patients and provide for their needs in a customized, effective way.

If you have questions about whether your treatment is covered by your insurance, we are happy to verify your benefits. If you have other insurance questions, they may be answered here.

Are you ready to get relief from vertigo symptoms and regain the freedom that comes with healthy living? Call us today to book an appointment.