Have you ever felt that everything seems to be spinning and you cannot keep your balance? This is known as vertigo and it is often followed by an unexplained ear ringing and changes in eyesight. Vertigo is a symptom (not a condition or a disorder) of several balance disorders, usually a result of changes in the inner ears.
According to research, approximately 40 percent of all people over 40 will experience vertigo at least once in their lives. As this symptom can be rather unpleasant, a lot of people would like to know how to stop it and reduce the chances for it happening again.
Before we show you beneficial tips on how to achieve this, let us learn a bit more about this collection of symptoms.
Balance is our capacity to keep the body’s center of mass over the base of support. There are several systems in our body which help us keep our balance, walk upright, and orientate ourselves in our surroundings. These systems include the sensorimotor control system, the vestibular system, and the propriception system.
Vertigo begins when sensitive areas of the ears fail to send proper information to the brain about the position. This may happen because of several distinct reasons, including head injury, ear infection, inflammation or aging.
How to Alleviate Vertigo Naturally
- CRP or head maneuver therapy
Did you know that some head adjustments and exercises can aid move the calcium deposits out of the area in the ears where they are causing a problem? Recommended by the American Academy of Neurology, this technique is comprised of several head and body movements. The rate of success is 80 percent in patients diagnosed with BPPV vertigo. The procedure is performed in a doctor’s office and it is quick and painless.
- Stress management
Inflammation and excessive stress are contributing factors to vertigo. Stress is particularly capable of weakening the immune system and increasing the risk of ear infections, swellings, and other issues associated with the vestibular system. The more an individual is stressed, the lower the chances for exercising and getting enough sleep, which further increases their risk of experiencing vertigo. Some of the best ways to manage stress are exercise, yoga, meditation, essential oils, warm baths, and time spent outdoors.
- Follow a healthy diet and drink water
In most cases of vertigos, doctors prescribe meds for relieving the inflammation or infection in the ears; however, this is not a viable long-term solution. Another more permanent approach is to reduce inflammation and avert dehydration by following a diet rich in nutrients. Consume more anti-inflammatory foods like veggies, particularly leafy greens, fruits, healthy fats like coconut oil and fish, lean protein like pasture poultry and cage-free eggs.
- Be active, but remember to rest
For people who are prone to vertigo, getting those 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night is essential. Failing to get the sufficient rest may cause vertigo. But, being physically active is as important as sleep. It will also balance your blood pressure and keep your stress levels under control. If you feel dizzy when waking up, sleep on two or more pillows. Get out of bed slowly and avoid walking in the dark because the risk of injuring yourself is much higher.
Before heading out, if you want to learn more about vertigo, do not forget to check out the video shown below: