Dizziness is a generalized term used to describe sensations of faintness, light-headedness, feeling off-balanced of unsteady, or a vague spaced out feeling. Vertigo is a false sense of movement, often described as a “room spinning” sensation. The inner ear contains structures that allow the body to sense position and motion, sending information through a nerve to the brain stem, where the information is processed. Symptoms may be caused by disorders of the inner ear, brain stem and cerebellum, the nerve tracts connecting the brain stem and cerebellum, or within the brain stem. Additionally, the eyes contribute to symptoms. However, eyes and the inner ears are not the primary influencing factors in perception of balance and awareness of the head in space (proprioception). Most nerve fibers exists in joints of the first two vertebrae at the base of the skull, C1, C2 and the sternocleidomastoid muscle.

 

Symptoms:

  • Dizziness described as faintness, light-headedness, feeling off-balanced or unsteady
  • Vague spaced out feeling
  • False sense of movement
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Difficulty walking
  • Rhythmic jerking of the eyes (nystagmus)

 

 

Conventional treatment Holistic treatment
Stopping/reducing drugs causing symptoms Asses for irritation and dysfunction of joints, muscles, nerves of the head and neck
Benzodiazepines Reduce joint imbalance at base of skull & first two cervical vertebrae
Anti-dizziness medications Reduce muscle tensions in head, neck, upper back & sternocleidomastoid
Antihistamines Improve nerve function
Avoiding movements that trigger dizziness Reduce muscle contracture
Exercises to prevent dizziness Restore joint movement
Physical therapy Physical adjustments
Physical strengthening Increase flexibility
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy Reduce stress
  Restore fullness in breath

 

 

Conventional treatment:

 

Dizziness is treated by stopping or reducing drugs that have been identified as the cause of symptoms, use of anti-dizziness medications, drug treatment with benzodiazepines and antihistamines, avoiding movements that trigger dizziness, learning exercises to prevent dizziness, physical therapy and strengthening exercises, and vestibular rehabilitation therapy.

 

Holistic treatment:

 

The natural treatment approach focuses on balancing the upper cervical joints and reducing joint imbalance and muscle tensions at the skull and the first two cervical vertebrae. Reducing muscle tensions is important, specifically in the head, neck, upper back and sternocleidomastoid. Additionally, holistic approach include reducing stress, improving nerve function, physical adjustments of the spine, resorting nerve function, increasing flexibility and restoring joint movement, reducing muscle contracture.

Commonly, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, ringing in the ear, headaches, visual issues, imbalances are resultant from strain, imbalance and dysfunction of the upper cervical joints of the neck and overly tense and imbalanced supportive muscle of the head and neck. A simple yet thorough evaluation of these areas is often very revealing, and connection is often rapidly relieving of these symptoms.