Dizziness is a vastly common condition that causes a very large number of people to present to their health professional’s office for consultation. Dizziness is complicated: there are many potential causes and so a thorough assessment by a qualified professional is necessary.
At Neuroworks, your Ealing chiropractor, we have specialist postgraduate qualifications in the diagnosis and treatment of many kinds of dizziness. If you suffer dizziness, please call to arrange an appointment on 020 8566 3757 now.
Dizziness is a very poorly defined term that means a multitude of things to different individuals. One of the first things your clinician will do is try and comprehend exactly what you mean when you say you are “dizzy”. Generally, dizziness is described as the perception of light-headedness, giddiness or unsteadiness.
There are specifically two types of vertigo: peripheral vertigo and central vertigo. A peripheral disorder is one that is affecting either your inner ear, where your balance receptors are, or the nerve that connects your inner ear to your brain. Examples of peripheral vertigo include BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), Menieres and labrynthitis. Contrastingly, central vertigo refers to disorders that specifically affect the parts of your brain responsible for interpreting and maintaining equilibrium or balance.
It is important to realize that there are many other causes of dizziness that are not specifically vertigo. One type is cervicogenic dizziness. This refers to problems with necks muscles or joints that presents as dizziness. It is common in individuals who have suffered whiplash or concussion-type trauma, however may also be present in people with poor posture or with severe cervical dysfunction. When the neck isn’t functioning properly, sensory input from these structures to the brain is also affected. This means that these structures stop telling the brain exactly where they are in space (known as proprioception). Therefore, the sensory input from the neck to the brain is all of a sudden different to that which is coming in from the inner ear and the eyes to the brain. This incongruity of sensory input results in dizziness or the sense of disequilibrium.
Other causes of dizziness can include hypertension or hypotension (particularly when changing from sitting-standing, referred to as postural hypotension), infections, alcohol, hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia and persistent postural perceptual dizziness, amongst many other causes.
If you are suffering from dizziness, it is important to have it assessed by your health profession. Treatments vary considerably depending on the specific type of dizziness or vertigo you are suffering. Please call to arrange an appointment on 020 8566 3757 now and let us help you today.