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Vestibular Disorders and Chiropractic Care

According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, “the vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, vestibular disorders can result.”[1] Genetic or environmental conditions can cause or worsen symptoms and, in more rare cases, the underlying cause may remain unknown.

When the vestibular organs are damaged, the brain can receive and fire inaccurate information about equilibrium and motion, often resulting in balance problems, vertigo, and dizziness. [2]

Your balance has a significant impact on your life, whether you realise it or not!

Your balance has a significant impact on your life, whether you realise it or not!

Other common symptoms include:

  • light-headedness
  • faintness
  • floating sensation
  • nausea
  • dizzy spells
  • falling sensation
  • tinnitus
  • confusion & disorientation
  • blurred vision
  • cognitive & psychological changes
  • blood pressure changes
  • difficulty concentrating

Impact & Prevalence

The symptoms of a vestibular disorder can be severely disabling and often significantly impact daily activities such as walking, bathing, dressing, or simply getting around the house. If you or someone that you know suffers from this disorder, the good news is that treatment is available which can help reduce symptoms.

Why This Matters To Us

Many of our patients with vestibular disorders have experienced a dramatic decrease in symptom severity and report a noticeable improvement in their quality of life. We encourage anyone who suffers from a vestibular disorder to visit our clinic and take the first steps towards their optimal wellness.

If you or someone you know suffers from a vestibular disorder, click HERE to send us an email or call 1.403.346.2297.

References

[1][2]About Vestibular Disorders. (2015). Retrieved October 15, 2015, from http://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder.

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Bracher, E. S., Almeida, C. I., Almeida, R. R., Duprat, A. C., & Bracher, C. B. (2000). A combined approach for the treatment of cervical vertigo. Journal of manipulative and physiological therapeutics, 23(2), 96-100.

Dieterich, M., & Brandt, T. (2008). Functional brain imaging of peripheral and central vestibular disorders. Brain, 131(10), 2538-2552.

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Horak, F. B., Jones-Rycewicz, C., Black, F. O., & Shumway-Cook, A. (1992). Effects of vestibular rehabilitation on dizziness and imbalance. Otolaryngology–head and neck surgery: official journal of American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 106(2), 175-180.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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