Vertigo – Dizziness Disorders – Solutions to Restore Balance

Vertigo, or dizziness, affects millions of people around the world each year. In some cases, vertigo is nothing more than a temporary inconvenience. In others, vertigo is a debilitating condition that alters lives and diminishes daily activities.

The area of dysfunction is usually located in the nervous system, namely the cerebellum. The cerebellum is in the posterior aspect (back part) of the brain and controls our coordinated movements.

At Chronic Pain Solutions Center, we conduct specific tests to determine cerebellar function. Tests include standing with your feet together and eyes closed, the test is positive if the patient sways back and forth. Or touching the index finger to the nose with the eyes closed, walking heel to toe, moving the fingers rapidly as if playing the piano, or touching all of your fingers to your thumb as fast as possible.

Treatment of the cerebellar dysfunction may include:

Unilateral (one-sided) adjustments: extremities (arms and legs), lumbar (low back) and cervical (neck) spine will be manipulated on one side only to fire muscle spindle cells (muscle receptors) and joint mechanoreceptors (joint receptors) into the same cerebellum and opposite cerebra cortex (brain). The thoracic (mid-back) spine will be globally manipulated to fire the dorsal columns (back part of the spinal cord) and reduce rib fixations.

Caloric: A warm water caloric of 180 milliliters may be administered in the ear to stimulate the ipsilateral (same side) cerebellum.

Eye Exercises: Eye exercises may be used to increase the frequency of firing to the cerebellum and frontal lobe of the brain.

Heat Therapy: Heat therapy is used to promote an increased metabolic and healing rate to the involved tissue. Increased heat helps increase activation to the brain. Heat has immediate soothing and palliative effects as decreased joint stiffness, decreased muscle spasms and releases histamine and bradykinin causing vasodilation of the tissues.

One or all of the procedures may be employed to restore the cerebellum to its normal function.

If you would like more information please watch the video at the bottom of this page. To see if we can help you with your vertigo, call 434-245-8456 now to schedule an appointment.

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