Dr. Michael A. Cappola Jr., DC

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Vertigo, Dizziness And Chiropractic Treatment

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Vertigo, Dizziness And Chiropractic Treatment

Date: 05/04/2014

Vertigo is a medical condition characterized by dizziness with a feeling of spinning.  Because of the sensation of movement or rotation, many patients also sense nausea and can experience lightheadedness and balance problems. Vertigo is a common indication present in chiropractic patients, particularly after head and neck trauma. Chronic Vertigo sufferers have found to find relief with chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic cure involves correcting the position of the injured cervical vertebrae, mainly C1 and C2. Realigning these vertebrae reduces or eliminates many types of vertigo. There are several types of vertigo for which patients seek upper cervical chiropractic treatment. When the vertigo symptoms occur as the result of irritation to the neck vertebrae caused by trauma, chiropractic care can prove beneficial.

One of the prime causes of vertigo and dizziness is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), also known as Benign Vertigo or Positional Vertigo. Chiropractic doctors analysis this state after getting a full case history and performing a physical and neurological exam. Proper diagnosis is the first step for the chiropractic treatment for vertigo. This condition is then treated by certain repositioning manoeuvres. Chiropractic doctors at the various Chiropractic Centers are skilled to perform the Epley or Semont Manoeuvre, which is a easy and well-tolerated technique that can cure BPPV in most of the patients.

The chiropractic doctor will move the patient into specific positions depending on what has formerly been found in the assessment, using gravity to move the calcium carbonate crystals away into an area of the inner ear where they will cause no more symptoms.

This is followed by some home exercises. The chiropractic method is very effective and within 3-4 treatments 80% of cases are symptom free.


A study report from the November 8, 2006 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research shows how the patients suffering from vertigo were benefited by chiropractic care. In this research 60 patients who were diagnosed by their medical physicians as having various forms of vertigo, were given chiropractic care and the results were documented and published. All the 60 subjects in this study were rendered precise chiropractic care for the improvement of subluxations. The results showed that all of the patients in this research responded positively to the chiropractic care. The study concluded that the use of IUCCA protocol (a form of chiropractic care) appears to improve and/or reverse vertigo disorders. IUCCA Upper Cervical Chiropractic functions by correcting damages to the upper cervical spine (upper neck), the basic cause of cervicogenic vertigo syndromes. Usual IUCCA Upper Cervical Chiropractic treatment involves an initial spinal exam, detailed x-rays of the upper neck, computerized thermal spinal scans to determine neurological irritation, and proper chiropractic adjustments by hand to correct the uneven vertebrae in the upper neck.

Chiropractic treatment is not the only thing which will cure dizziness, but the manoeuvres and other chiropractic methods used is the same as patients would have if they go to medical clinicians who expertise in these conditions. These days a large number of dizziness cases seek chiropractic help. Chiropractic is not generally suited for all types of dizziness, and in such cases the chiropractic practitioner refers the patient to needed specialists.

AUTHOR: techpumpkin09

Michael Coppola is a chiropractor & acupuncturist  serving San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano. 


Dr. Michael Coppola
Chiropractic & Acupuncture

111 W. Avenida Palizada, Suite 15C
San Clemente, CA 92672

PHONE: (949) 392-0280

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