Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common form of vertigo, a false sensation of movement. As the word benign implies, the condition is considered non-life-threatening. The problem with that prognosis is that a severe BPPV attack can lead to a fall, something that can be very dangerous for older ones or even younger people if the attack occurs at an inopportune time.
What were the prior recommendations for BPPV patients? What are the present updates? And is there a long-term solution for vertigo? Read on to learn more about this common condition.
Revised Guidelines for Vertigo Care
In the past, the recommendations for BPPV care included things such as:
- Patient restrictions
Why have the guidelines been changed? First of all, antihistamines frequently have side effects and do more than just dry out fluid in the ear (the main reason they are prescribed for vertigo). Benzodiazepines are highly addictive and have a host of unwanted side effects. Patient restrictions on activity are now thought to slow recovery.
Instead, new guidelines recommend the use of things such as the Epley maneuver to stop a BPPV attack. While these methods commonly prove effective, they do not prevent vertigo attacks from occurring and do not prevent falls that may happen during a severe attack.
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Long-Term Vertigo Relief in Graham, Washington
At Advanced Spinal Washington, we utilize the NUCCA technique to identify and correct very specific misalignments of the C1 and C2 vertebrae. A subluxation in this sensitive part of the spine – located right at the base of the skull – can affect the inner and middle ear, thereby resulting in symptoms like vertigo.
NUCCA is a method of upper cervical chiropractic that utilizes diagnostic imaging to find the exact location and degree of a misalignment. Then we calculate the specific adjustment to correct the issue. The adjustment involves gentle pressure to a precise point on the neck rather than the popping or cracking of general chiropractic.
These low force corrections are long-lasting and have helped many to find relief from vertigo. Schedule a no-obligation consultation to learn more about what upper cervical chiropractic may be able to do for you.
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