Dizziness – Round and round
What is Dizziness?
Dizziness is a misunderstood medical term. Every individualderives their own meaning from it. Dizziness basically describes aset of feelings and sensations which include being unbalanced,lightheaded, and woozy.
This indistinct medical term is a painless condition that is nota disease or disorder itself. In fact, it is a symptom of anyunderlying condition which is not always severe or chronic.Dizziness causes disorientation and often leads to fainting.
Since the balance and orientation of our body are maintained bya system comprising of eyes, ears, brain, spinal cord, and legstherefore any slight damage can lead to dizziness. Dizziness isnothing to feel stressed about.
Occasionally it can happen however, if it happens frequentlythen it is necessary to give it the necessary attention. Most ofthe time there are several conditions mainly psychological orphysiological which initiate a feeling of weakness andsickness.
Dizziness feels like a wave of loss of orientation for merely afew seconds. It is necessary to not mix it with vertigo which isthe spinning of room and surrounding around you.
Difference between dizziness and vertigo
Nearly everyone considers these two terms to hold the samemeaning. However, it is incorrect. There is a thin line ofdemarcation between the two terms.
Vertigo is a sensation in which a person experiencesself-movement or the movement of the surroundings. Vertigo is actually is a spinningsensation. Vertigo offers a clockwise or counterclockwisespinning motion.
You can clearly interpret the spinning of every object aroundyour head. Dizziness is about spatialdisorientation.
There is a distortion where your balance does not feel right. Indizziness, there is a distortion but there is no spinning. Usually,people complain of being dizzy but they don’t realize what doesbeing dizzy actually means.
What are the causes?
There is a long list of causes that lead to dizziness. Dizzinessis a very common symptom. Nearly every other disease includesdizziness as a symptom. From psychological and physical trauma tocirculatory problems and tumors, the cause can lie anywhere inbetween.
Most commonly, dizziness can occur due to damage to thevestibular system which includes eyes, ears, and sensorynerves.
Eyes detect the position of a body in space, ears detect gravityand the back-and-forth movement of the body and the nerves carrysignals from these sensory inputs to the brain to process theinformation.
Any damage to any part of this system can introduce a person todizziness. Moreover, in maximum cases, dizziness is coupled withvertigo. The cause of vertigo is the cause of dizziness. Here thecauses mainly include Meniere’s disease, Benign ParoxysmalPositional Vertigo (BPPV), infection of the middle ear, andmigraine.
Circulatory problems that also cause dizziness include poorcirculation and sudden drop in blood pressure. In these conditions,there is insufficient blood supply to the brain due to which thebrain is unable to function properly hence causing dizziness.
Improper diet, disturbed sleeping routine, and even standingsuddenly (orthostatic hypotension) cause disorientation. Otherchronic conditions like ischemic heart attack, cardiomyopathy, andarrhythmia also cause dizziness.
Apart from all these conditions, any damage to the uppercervical spine by violence, wrong sleeping posture, sudden andfrequent gym workout, and vehicle accident can cause dizziness.This cause seems to be quite common.
Most of the people are unable to realize how significant thiscause is. Many people fail to identify the cause and let it stayfor a long time span. When conditions worsen the dizziness alsointensifies. Atlas and Axis which are the first and second cervicalvertebrae exert pressure on the brain stem due to which dizzinessoccurs.
Who is at risk?
Although dizziness can affect individuals from all age groupsyet the tendency of occurrence of spells of dizziness is higher inold people. In old age, people rely on several medicines forgeriatric conditions.
Those medicines also contribute to is the occurrence ofdizziness. Secondly, those individuals who confront dizziness inany stage of their life are more likely to confront a strongerspell of dizziness again in the near future.
Moreover, people who have been subjected to chronic stress arealso at risk to develop frequent dizziness. Anxiety, stress, anddepression appear to be the most critical risk factors ofdizziness.
The Head feels heavy and the neck feels stiff. Shoulder andupper cervical spine feel uneasy and altogether they lead todizziness. Additionally, those people who have been involved invehicle accidents are also at high risk of developingdizziness.
Initially, they might not realize the critical importance of thedamage in an accident but later, the results begin to appear in theform of continuous headaches and dizziness. It is possible thepatient heals completely but the spell of dizziness appearslater.
What are the symptoms?
By now you know that dizziness is itself a symptom and not adisease. Yet there also some symptoms associated with this symptom.When a person experiences dizziness they lose contact witheverything going around them.
They are unable to speak anything properly. All the sounds fromthe surroundings become inaudible and the vision also becomes ablur. In this condition, a person is unable to stand properly andurges to sit or lie down.
Nausea and vomiting are commonly observed in this situation asthe person feels sick. There is a drop in blood pressure and themouth of the person becomes very dry.
Chiropractic care helps you get throughit!
There are not one but multiple methods and techniques to curedizziness with the help of chiropractic experts. As discussedearlier, any trauma to the cervical spine can cause transmission ofwrong signals about orientation and position in space of body dueto which dizziness occurs.
Fixing of faulty joints, realigning of slipped or misalignedcervical spine, and manipulation of cervical vertebrae take care ofdizziness and don’t allow it to return.