‘Dizziness’ is a term that can be used to describe a whole host of conditions that can present in numerous ways. Some people may experience feelings of ‘spin’ or ‘vertigo’ sometimes with accompanying tinnitus, while for others it is more of a sense of light-headedness or unsteadiness.
Some patients may only feel dizzy at certain times in the day, when they move their head to the left, after a specific trigger, when rolling over in bed, when stepping off the tube, when spending too long looking at a screen…the list is extensive!
The role of a Chiropractic Neurologist is to explore these patterns to pinpoint what is causing the symptoms and more importantly, why. Some dizziness symptoms are the result of a specific condition, you may have already come across some of the more common ones; BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), Meniere’s disease and labyrinthitis. In other cases the symptoms may be the result of an inner ear infection or a past trauma or injury.
Balance, Co-ordination and Fall Prevention
Falls are one of the leading causes of injury in our society, with 1 in 3 people over 60 and half of all 80 year olds falling each year. One of the key factors involved with falls is a loss of balance. Balance conditions can range from feeling slightly unsteady when transitioning between movements right through to the need to use walking or mobility aids. There can be many factors that contribute, and for some patients the condition may be attributable to a specific trauma or injury, in other cases the unsteadiness may have developed gradually over time.
Our goal is to correctly identify the cause of the imbalance, enabling us to treat and correct your condition before further injury or falling occurs.
The Technical Part
The primary goal of your brain is movement. Your brain uses your eyes, your ears and the feedback from your muscles and joints to create a 3D map of your body and your environment. All movement is based on these sensory maps. If you’re suffering from pain, dizziness, balance or coordination problems this may be due to a physical lesion or it may be that your brain is having trouble creating these sensory maps and healthy movement patterns.
Your brain and nerves are highly adaptive throughout your lifetime. As a child this allows you to learn to walk, talk and play. As an adult it allows you to learn new skills. It also allows us to heal remarkably well from injury. However, sometimes this adaptive response is incomplete and occasionally it can work against us, leading to a more chronic condition, anxiety or stress. This is where we may be able to help.
Correct diagnosis is paramount when treating these conditions, there is no ‘one size fits all’ treatment plan. This is why we allow longer for our Chiropractic Neurology appointments, the extra time enables us to understand your history, how your symptoms started and are progressing and to perform specific tests to pinpoint the cause of them. It also ensures we are able to support patients through their recovery and the rehabilitation process.