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Focusing on the Source of Your Dizziness – Pt. 1

Vertigo, Spinning, DizzinessUnderstanding Vertigo and Disequilibrium

So, you feel like everything is spinning, but you’re not moving. You’re not sure if you are experiencing Vertigo or disequilibrium. They are similar, but there are differences.

Vertigo is the sensation of spinning when there is no movement. 

Disequilibrium is the sensation of falling, the floor tilting, or floating.

Both of these conditions are symptoms of underlying condition, so it is important to evaluate whether ta person is experiencing Vertigo or Disequilibrium. This week we’ll look at some of those condition that are caused by Vertigo.

Vertigo Related Diseases

  •  Acute Vestibular Neuritis – This is inflammation of your inner ear. Sufferers experience constant Vertigo along with nausea, vomiting and trouble with balance. It may also result in sudden hearing loss, but it usually clears up on its own.
  • Meniere’s disease – This is the result of a buildup of fluid in your inner ear. It also results in fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus, and a sensation of fullness in the ear.
  •  Vestibular migraine – This is a type of Aura that occurs before a migraine headache. It can last for hours or days, and it may be associated with sensitivity to light and noise
  •  Acoustic neuroma – This is a noncancerous growth on the vestibular nerve, which connects your inner ear to your brain and may result in hearing loss and tinnitus.

Living Past Vertigo

While the sensation of Vertigo may be symptomatic of the above conditions, it may also be the result of a neurological disorder such as a stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, or brain hemorrhaging. Though, if such diseases are present, other symptoms such as facial weakness, numbness of the face, double vision, slurred speech, or severe problems with balance may occur.

If you experience Vertigo, it is very important that you seek the proper care in order to understand the deeper issue. An upper cervical chiropractor can examine if an upper neck misalignment is the underlying cause of your vertigo, dizziness or disequilibrium. If you have a history of head and neck injuries this can be a common cause of these types of symptoms.

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Dr. Ankur Tayal and Dr Matthew Kittleson of UC Life Chiropractic Centre in downtown Victoria, British Columbia are Victoria Chiropractors and Upper Cervical Specialists trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Their upper cervical clinic also serves Saanich, Esquimalt and Vancouver Island. They are uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, vertigo and dizziness, numbness and tingling and more. More information can be found on their website at


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  1. Focusing on the Source of Your Dizziness – Pt. 2 - UC Life Chiropractic Centre - April 27, 2015

    […] Since we talked about Vertigo related conditions and diseases last week, this week we’ll talk about diseases and conditions you might have if you suffer from disequilibrium. If you didn’t have a chance to read last week’s blog, check it out. […]