If you are one of the millions of people who battles extreme dizziness and intense vertigo each year, do not accept your condition as “part of getting old” or “the blood not getting to my head fast enough.” You might have a medical condition that requires attention. Fortunately, an extremely simple set of movements called Canalith Repositioning can be done to relieve and possibly end your condition.
What Causes Dizziness
As you probably know, the inner ear holds the key to your proper balance. When your inner ear is out of synch, you will experience dizziness and vertigo. When there are major problems in your inner ear, this dizziness can become severe. If you are feeling vertigo to the point of nausea, consult your doctor, chiropractor or physical therapist. You might have a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Two tip-offs that you could have BPPV are what you experience when you roll over in bed or when you rise to a sitting position to get out of bed. If these two common (and normally dizziness-free movements) are causing you severe vertigo, then you might have BPPV.
BPPV can be caused by a number of factors, but most often is a result of a head injury in people under 50 and due to old age in those over 50, as the machinery of the inner ear deteriorates. People that have BPPV often feel as if they are drunk for no reason, and they sometimes fall over in extreme cases as they are unable to maintain their balance. Of course, people with this type of extreme vertigo might have a serious medical condition, but about 20% of all people with such symptoms (and 50% among the elderly with these symptoms) are struggling with BPPV, which is not a serious condition.
Treating BPPV usually does not require drugs or surgery. In fact, a simple, gentle series of movements called Canalith Repositioning can work wonders for those with BPPV. So, the first order of business if you have problems with dizziness (up to 3 million Americans a year, do, for example) is to contact a medical professional and obtain a diagnosis. If your condition is not serious and you are diagnosed as simply having BPPV, the treatment is simple and pain-free. BPPV results when tiny calcium carbonate crystals called “canalith” are moved from an area where they are usually absorbed into a part of the inner ear where they cannot be eliminated. These “ear rocks” literally rock your world as you battle a lack of balance when you make certain movements with your head, many of them quite normal. Another tip-off that you might have BPPV is what you feel when you are craning your neck to get a look at something above your line of vision, at an elevated shelf in your kitchen, for instance. If that simple movement causes you to teeter, you could have BPPV.
The canaliths move into sensing tubes that your ear uses to detect motion and gravity. When those tubes are not right, even everyday movements of the head produce a spinning sensation. The Canalith Repositioning movements do exactly what their name indicates—they move the crystals from your sensing tubes into a different chamber of the inner ear where they belong and can be absorbed with no consequences for you.
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