Differentiating the Types of Dizziness

Dizziness is responsible for 5% of outpatient and 4% of emergency room visits yearly. Doctors and researchers note that the triggers vary widely from fatigue to chronic conditions originating from the heart, brain, and bones. Crazy right? And the worst part is that dizziness can affect people in different ways. Notably, several patients who look for a Bend upper cervical chiropractor experience varying types of dizziness, including syncope, lightheadedness, and vertigo.

Are you familiar with these dizzying and disorienting symptoms? But, more importantly, do you know how to distinguish them from each other?


Distinguishing Your Dizziness and Vertigo Symptoms

Every Bend upper cervical chiropractor can agree that recognizing the symptoms of a dizzying condition is one step closer to finding the best solution for it. It's like learning about your favorite movie characters and having a list of features that make them stand out.

Naturally, the more you know about the type of dizziness you experience, the better you understand how to approach your situation and make necessary adjustments.

For example, if you know that you are experiencing vertigo attacks and not a typical dizzying symptom, you will most likely request diagnostic procedures like a Dix-Hallpike Test. On the one hand, if you think you are suffering from syncope, you should consider getting your heart and lungs checked. 

Are you having a hard time distinguishing the different types of dizziness? Here are some of the key symptoms you should observe and report to your physician:

  • Headache, nausea, and vomiting 
  • Tinnitus, or the ringing in the ear
  • Poor auditory reception or hearing loss
  • Vision impairment or difficulty while in motion
  • A feeling of instability that sometimes results in fainting
  • Loss of body muscle and movement coordination

If you don’t experience the rest of the symptoms listed above but feel lightheaded, you likely suffer from dizziness due to pre-existing health conditions (or sometimes hunger!). On the other hand, if your symptoms give you the impression that you are about to lose consciousness, you probably have a presyncope (near-fainting).

No, You’re Not Crazy. Dizziness and Vertigo Are REAL!

It's frustrating when people start accusing you of faking your symptoms and telling you that it's all in your head. However, just because they can’t see your symptoms doesn’t mean you should also believe that you’re losing your mind. Leave it to a trusted Bend upper cervical chiropractor to tell you where these symptoms come from, what triggers them and what you can do to stop them.

Your symptoms are as real as they can get, so don’t hesitate to ask for help and learn whether they stem from the following problems: 

Heart-related conditions

While it may seem far-fetched, heart-related problems can cause dizziness and vertigo attacks. According to studies, low blood pressure, abnormal blood sugar levels, and irregular heartbeat can affect your inner ear’s balance function.

Mental health problems

Anxiety and stress are major triggers of dizziness and vertigo. They activate your body’s flight or fight response and disrupt various physiological functions like: 

  • Hormones production and release
  • Blood pressure regulation 
  • Visual acuity 
  • Auditory signal processing 

Inner ear issues

Our ears are literal canals equipped with a circular maze-like structure. It also features the vestibular system, which maintains the body’s sense of balance. As a result, any disruption inside the ears – be it an infection, physical injury, or vestibulocochlear nerve compression – can trigger both dizziness and vertigo. 

Upper cervical problem

More and more people are now aware of how the misalignment in the cervical spine can disrupt blood flow and brain signals transmission. Unfortunately, if you have postural balance because of previous neck injuries or head trauma, you likely have misaligned neck bones pressing on your brainstem and causing neurovascular compression.


Our Bend Upper Cervical Chiropractor Works Hard to Provide Lasting Vertigo Relief

Several case studies have proven that vertigo and dizziness often stem from a compromised cervical spine structure. According to findings, the balance problem happens because the brainstem, nerve roots, and other tissues in the cervical area suffer from mechanical compression. This causes your brain to receive confusing or faulty information about your body movements or head orientation changes. 

Additionally, the neck bone misalignments can aggravate pre-existing vertigo-causing conditions like BPPV, inner ear infection, Meniere’s diseases, brainstem stroke, and acoustic neuromas

Fortunately, neck manipulation techniques like NUCCA chiropractic have paved the way for better and sustainable vertigo and dizziness relief. Essentially, neck bones adjustments carried out by a NUCCA doctor can cancel out the adverse effects of cervical subluxation. 

The technique aims to ease the bones to align with your body’s central axis. This way, you can get rid of signal interferences and alleviate pressure in your vestibular and nervous systems.

Once your address your body’s postural problem, you can slowly notice improvements in your vertigo or dizziness symptoms. By the time you fully retrain your spine, you can also improve other aspects of your health, such as your head’s alignment to your body, cell repair, and energy metabolism. 

Visit our Bend upper cervical chiropractor to know more about how you can gradually eliminate your vertigo and dizziness symptoms. Our chiropractor here at True Spine Chiropractic uses the NUCCA method, the most gentle upper cervical chiropractic technique.

You may visit our clinic for a walk-in consultation or book your appointment ahead of time. If you have urgent questions about NUCCA chiropractic, don’t hesitate to call us at 541-240-8820.


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If you are outside of the local area, you can find an Upper Cervical Doctor near you at www.uppercervicalawareness.com.

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