A Holistic Approach To Health
Living With Vertigo
I had a question the other day about vertigo.
Vertigo is a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when there’s no actual movement.
You may feel like you’re spinning, whirling, falling, or tilting.
When you have severe vertigo, you may feel very nauseated or vomit.
You may have trouble walking or standing, and you may lose your balance and fall.
Vertigo happens when there’s conflict between the signals sent to your brain by the balance- and position-sensing systems of your body.
Your brain uses input from 4 sensory systems to keep your sense of balance and orientation to your surroundings.
1. Vision gives you information about your position and motion in relationship to the rest of the world.
This is an important part of your balance and often overrides information from your other balance-sensing systems.
2. Sensory nerves in your joints let your brain keep track of the position of your legs, arms, and torso.
Your body is then automatically able to make tiny changes in posture that help you keep your balance.
3. Skin pressure sensation gives you information about your body’s position and motion in relationship to gravity.
4. A portion of your inner ear, called the labyrinth, contains specialized cells that detect motion and changes in position.
Injury to or diseases of the inner ear can send false signals to your brain indicating that the balance mechanism of your inner ear (labyrinth) detects motion.
If these false signals conflict with signals from the other balance and positioning centers of the body, vertigo may occur.
Common causes of vertigo include:
>Inner ear disorders (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis).
>Injury to your ear or head.
>Decreased blood flow through the arteries that supply blood to the base of your brain.
Less common causes of vertigo include:
>A noncancerous growth in the space behind your eardrum.
>Brain tumors and cancer that has traveled from another part of your body.
Immediate medical attention is needed if vertigo occurs suddenly with loss of function.
Vertigo that occurs with loss of function in one area of your body can mean a problem in your brain, like a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).
Alcohol and many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause vertigo.
These problems may develop from:
>Taking too much of a medicine.
>Alcohol and medicine interactions.
>Misusing or abusing a medicine or alcohol.
>Drug intoxication or the effects of withdrawal.
To deal with vertigo it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, fish oils, Omega-3 oils).
*Explore the use of onion juice drops, garlic oil, ear oils found in health food stores, or hydrogen peroxide dropped directly into the ear.
*Consider Oil of Oregano because it is a natural antibiotic.
*Avoid dairy products because they are generally very mucous forming.
*Investigate possible triggers/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) as they often trigger or aggravate the condition.
*Consider chiropractic or osteopathic assessment.
*Consider craniosacral therapy.
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