Don't Live With Dizziness and Balance Issues: Be Set Free From the Debilitating Effects Once and For All!
My youngest child just turned 9. Wow, my baby is almost double digits! Being a mom of three is the hardest, but most fulfilling, job ever. I admit, there are times I just want to pull my hair out and run away. Then I remember to just breathe. Taking deep breaths throughout the day helps me to remain calm and enjoy life!!
[DrCorinneWeaver.com]Speaking of kids, remember when you were little and you could spin around, swing, and hang upside down — no problem? It's fun to watch children just having plain old fun on the playground. But it also reminds me of the many adult patients I see who complain that their head often feels like it's spinning. (Photo Credit: Dr. Corinne Weaver)
I have helped patients suffering from vertigo, dizziness, disequilibrium, Ménière's disease, and related conditions find natural and drug-free relief for many years. Most people don't understand how devastating vertigo and similar symptoms can be. Vertigo disrupts every aspect of life. The sufferer loses the ability to do anything normally, especially when movement is involved. It can totally incapacitate the individual, often confining them to bed. Many people who have some form of illness — or chronic pain that has plagued them for years — have had numerous doctors' visits and been given multiple promises, often without long-term results.
There's no magic pill a medical doctor can give you
Unfortunately, there is no magic pill that will simply heal you! The realization of this has led many people to my door. Getting well requires a doctor who is willing to get to the root cause of the illness and/or pain — not just mask the problem with meds. A doctor who understands how to reverse years of degeneration. And lastly, a doctor who can create a success plan incorporating ALL of the fundamental facets of health care, not just one. TRUE healing occurs when you get your body back to the place it once was (or maybe even better) before you acquired the troubles you have today!
Yes, I'm saying it's possible, but it takes hard work and consistency.
Do you experience spells of dizziness when you rise to your feet too quickly? Do you have bouts of sensitivity to movement that affects your balance? Sensitivity to light and sound? Changes in vision that affect your ability to think or perform your daily routine? (Photo Credit: Pixabay)
If your answer was "yes" to any of these questions, you may have an issue with the system in your body that's responsible for balance. It's called the Vestibular System.
The Vestibular System
The Vestibular System is found in the ear canals which are filled with fluid and particles. When the fluid or particles do not function correctly, the brain cannot properly communicate to the rest of the body where it is positioned in space.
There are very few answers to correct the cause of the problem. Many people suffering from these balance problems are now seeking natural treatment for dizziness, Vertigo, or Ménière's Disease.
Cause of, and Treatment for Balance Problems
Not surprisingly, misalignments in the upper neck are frequently to blame. Upper Cervical Chiropractors have advanced training which focuses on the top bone in the neck — Atlas (C1 vertebrae). Restoring this area to its proper location has helped many patients resolve their dizziness and vertigo issues.
If the Atlas is out of its proper position it affects the position of the head, the nerve to the Vestibular System (CN VIII), and the main tube in the ear. By examining the upper neck and providing the perfect correction to each patient, it has been scientifically proven to help patients in as little as one or two adjustments.
The fundamentals of upper cervical care re–empower the nervous system so that you can heal properly. It is truly a "miracle" system when done to its fullest potential but it is not enough to just create full health in this area. Full health requires the adoption of a proactive healthcare model; in other words, doing what it takes to get healthy and stay healthy, not just treating symptoms. This includes a nervous system free of interference, good nutrition, regular exercise and plenty of rest. This recipe will remove the obstacle of "there's no hope for me." It is a success system that heals using the ONLY truly effective way ... from the "inside out."
Standard medicines don't treat the root source of dizziness problems
According to Dr. Ali S. Saber Tehrani and colleagues, from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, emergency department costs for patients presenting with dizziness or vertigo are considerable, accounting for about $4 billion per year (about 4 percent of total emergency department costs), the study was published in the Academic Emergency Medicine Journal. The researchers found there were 3.9 million U.S. emergency department visits for dizziness or vertigo in 2011. A majority of the money is spent on diagnostic testing. (Photo Credit: Max Pixel)
There are many different causes of vertigo or dizziness. Medical doctors will use over 50 different medications in an attempt to control dizziness or vertigo. As I mentioned earlier, vertigo, dizziness, disequilibrium and many other conditions can be directly related to old head and neck injuries.
What happens when dizziness issues aren't properly addressed?
If never properly addressed, these types of injuries will result in underlying damage to the upper neck. This damage can then lead to dysfunction in the ears, which is the balancing system of the body. The area that is first impacted by these problems is the brain stem area, which is basically a part of the brain that extends down into the spine and connects to the spinal cord. The brain stem area is a key to the balance of our bodies.
What about Meniere's Disease?
The Merck Manual states that the cause of Meniere's disease is unknown; the condition is poorly understood, and the medical treatment is ineffective. A theory proposed in the Upper Cervical Chiropractic community is that the most common cause of Meniere's disease is a structural problem – that is, an atlas (top bone in the neck) misalignment is irritating the origin of a nerve that controls both equilibrium and hearing in the ear (Cranial Nerve VIII). Misalignment between the atlas and Occiput can cause swelling in the immediate area, putting pressure on the nucleus of nerve and/or the auditory (Eustachian) tube.
Recently Dr. Michael Burcon investigated the effects of upper cervical specific chiropractic management of one hundred and thirty-nine patients medically diagnosed with Meniere's disease. After upper cervical specific chiropractic care, one hundred and thirty-six out of the one hundred and thirty-nine patients presented with an absence or dramatic reduction of symptoms, especially vertigo ... that's 97%!
After two years, on a scale of 0 to 10 — with 0 representing the absence of the symptom and 10 being the worst imaginable — vertigo was lowered from an average of 8.5 to 1.4. Prior to the onset of symptoms, all one hundred and thirty-nine cases suffered cervical traumas; most from automobile accidents, resulting in previously undiagnosed whiplash injuries. These improvements made a significant difference for 135 out of 139 patients, effecting whether or not they could work, drive and/or have a positive relationship with their spouse. They might get dizzy but would not have vertigo. They might get nauseous but would no longer vomit. For those that still had attacks, they occurred less often, lasted for a shorter duration and were not as intense. Recovery time was also significantly shorter.
A fascinating case study
Here an Example from Dr. Burcon's study of a Typical Case History with Results:
"Jack first presented with left-sided Meniere's on June 11, 2001. He was diagnosed by an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist based on the results of a normal MRI of the brain, positive audiological examination for hearing loss, and an abnormal bi-thermal caloric test (ENG). He was referred to the Michigan Ear Institute, where endolymphatic sac decompression surgery was recommended. He declined surgery and received a letter recommending that he apply for disability benefits, which were granted by the State of Michigan.
Case history included a rear-ended type of automobile accident at 45 mph in 1980. Meniere's symptoms started in 1994 with frequent bouts of vertigo lasting from one day to one week, accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Complaints included constant ear fullness and tinnitus, and frequent neck pain and headaches. Jack presented with a 1" short left leg relative to his right. The next week he presented with his legs balanced and was vertigo free. His wife said that his voice had changed. He reported being able to walk four times as far. At six weeks, according to his Meniere's questionnaire, vertigo was down to 2 from 10 10, nausea/vomiting down to 0 from 10 and ear pressure 1 from 10 (10 being the worst possible). He went just over one year with no vertigo."
In the conclusion of Dr. Burcon's research, he stated that "All patients with a history of vertigo or dizziness should be questioned about a history of trauma, especially whiplash from an automobile accident, contact sports injury, or serious falls. Patients often forget these accidents, thinking that they were not hurt because they did not break any bones and were not bleeding. Patients with a history of both vertigo and trauma should be referred to an upper cervical specific chiropractor for examination."
Make this year be the start of being free of dizziness!
2018 marks a year for you to have less spinning. Download my ebook on How to Naturally Relieve Vertigo Without Drugs by following this link.
I hope my column speaks to you and you can wake up each morning with a purpose. What I do every day is a calling, and I give God the glory for allowing His gifts to work through me. I do believe in miracles, because I get to see them every day! If you would like to contact me with your health concerns email me directly at Dr@drcorinneweaver.com. For more information you can go to www.DrCorinneWeaver.com.
Dr. Corinne Weaver
Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.
Dr. Weaver was recently named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds.
Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.
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