Even though both vertigo and disequilibrium are described as feeling dizzy, they each have their own characteristics. It is important to know the difference, especially if a person suffers from one of them.
- Vertigo: A feeling that the person or the things around him are spinning.
- Disequilibrium: This is a problem with walking. A person will feel unsteady on his feet, as if he or the floor is tilting, and often feel as if he is going to fall.
There are a number of things that can cause a person to experience either of these sensations. Here are just a few conditions that may be behind them:
- Acoustic neuroma – The vestibular nerve connects the inner ear to the brain. This condition indicates a non-cancerous growth on this nerve, leading to tinnitus and hearing loss.
- Acute vestibular neuritis – This condition occurs when the inner ear becomes inflamed. It causes the person to have vertigo accompanied by nausea, vomit continually, and experience problems with balance. Hearing loss may occur but generally goes away over time.
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- Meniere’s disease – This describes fluid build-up of the inner ear causing tinnitus, intermittent hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness in the affected ear.
- A vestibular migraine – This actually describes a type of aura that comes on before a migraine headache hits. It is accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound. It can continue for a period of days.
How Vertigo and Disequilibrium Can Be Helped by Upper Cervical Care
It is important for a person experiencing either of these conditions to consult with an upper cervical chiropractor. The underlying cause of dizziness is often found in a misalignment of the upper neck vertebrae, and this is specifically what we are trained to correct. A misalignment here affects not only the central nervous system but the vestibular system as well. Once we work with our patients to correct this misalignment through a gentle procedure, dizziness may greatly improve or even go away entirely.