Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Chiropractic Care For Vertigo

There are two major types of vertigo:

Subjective Vertigo - when the affected person feels that they are spinning.

Objective Vertigo - when the affected person feels that objects around them are spinning.

Dizziness and vertigo typically occur when the head moves. Head movement causes electronic impulses to be transmitted to the labyrinth, a part of the inner ear consisting of three semicircular bony canals that are filled with fluid. The labyrinth transmits the information to the vestibular nerve.

The vestibular nerve carries the signal to the brainstem and cerebellum, parts of the brain responsible for coordinating balance, movement, blood pressure, and consciousness. When the system is not functioning properly, the dizziness, lightheadedness and balance disorders of vertigo occur.


Common causes of vertigo include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), Meniere's disease, vestibular neuritis, and labyrinthitis. BPPV occurs when tiny calcium particles in the inner ear become dislodged and move into the fluid-filled canals, disrupting the signals sent to the brain about head position.

Meniere's disease is characterised by fluid buildup and pressure changes in the inner ear, leading to vertigo episodes along with hearing loss and tinnitus.

Vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis are typically caused by viral infections in the inner ear, resulting in inflammation and disruption of the vestibular nerve.

While it is possible that a serious medical conditions such as a brain tumour or stroke may cause vertigo, the cause is usually not sinister, even though the symptoms may be debilitating.


Treatment for vertigo depends on the underlying cause.

Medications such as vestibular suppressants, anti-nausea drugs, and steroids may be prescribed to help alleviate symptoms. Physical therapy exercises can also be beneficial in retraining the brain to adapt to the abnormal signals being sent from the inner ear. In some cases, surgical procedures may be necessary to address the root cause of vertigo.

If you are experiencing frequent or severe episodes of vertigo, it is important to consult with a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. In most cases, vertigo can be effectively managed with medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications to reduce triggers.

Remember, although vertigo can be a challenging and disruptive condition, there are treatment options available to help improve symptoms and quality of life.


Chiropractic care can be a beneficial treatment option for patients suffering from vertigo and dizziness.

Through chiropractic treatment, a chiropractor can help treat vertigo and improve balance by focusing on the nervous system and spinal alignment.

The nervous system plays a crucial role in sending signals to the brain about positioning and balance, while the vestibular system helps maintain equilibrium.

By performing spinal adjustments and manipulations, a chiropractor can realign the spine and relieve pressure on the nervous system, ultimately helping to alleviate symptoms of vertigo.

In addition to spinal adjustments, a chiropractor for vertigo may also recommend specific exercises and manoeuvres to help with vertigo and improve balance.

These exercises can target the cervical spine and vestibular system, helping to strengthen the muscles and improve coordination. Balance tests may also be conducted to assess the extent of the vertigo caused by issues within the vestibular system.

In one study, 60 patients diagnosed by their physician with a benign form of vertigo received chiropractic care over a 6-month period. Forty-eight patients were symptom-free after the 6 months and the remainder reported reduced severity and/or frequency of vertigo.


Overall, chiropractic care for vertigo can be a holistic and non-invasive approach to treating vertigo symptoms. 

By addressing the root cause of the issue and focusing on spinal alignment and nervous system function, chiropractic treatment can help patients find relief from vertigo and improve their overall quality of life.

If you’re experiencing vertigo or dizziness, consider booking an appointment with us, Centenary Chiropractic Centre, your local chiropractor for Camira and surrounding areas. Give us a call on 07 3381 0440 or book online here:

Dr. Steve Hodal is committed to providing high-quality, individualized chiropractic care in a comfortable and relaxed environment. He is dedicated to providing evidence-based treatments that are tailored to each patient’s individual needs, allowing them to achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Contact us to know more about this disorder or Book Online.