Vertigo is one of the most common health ailments, and it is a form of dizziness that makes everything seem like it is spinning. Let’s address 3 questions about vertigo. The answers may surprise you.
Which Is More Important to Balance: The Ear or the Big Toe?
Many are under the mistaken impression that a person cannot balance properly with a missing big toe. Studies actually show that loss of a big toe causes very minimal disability. On the other hand, an ear issue can make it difficult to stand or walk, since the ear affects balance directly. In fact, inner ear problems are often the genesis of vertigo.
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How Old Does a Person Have to Be Before Vertigo Becomes Common?
While it is true that the chances of getting vertigo increase with age, the amount and timeframe may surprise you. While only about 1 in 10 people overall may experience vertigo, about 40% of those over 40 will experience this issue. Vertigo and other balance problems lead to falls in the elderly. In fact, in the US an average of about one in 3 seniors over 65 falls each year.
Can It Be a Migraine Causing the Vertigo?
Yes. Approximately 40% of vertigo and other dizziness types are associated with migraines. Migraine-associated vertigo is the term used to describe this occurrence. However, it is important to note that vestibular migraines include vertigo as the primary symptom, and a person may not even have much head pain to help identify the problem as a migraine.
Vertigo and Upper Cervical Chiropractic
If you experience vertigo, especially if you have a history of head or neck trauma, be sure to have your upper neck examined by an upper cervical chiropractor. The fact is that even seemingly minor falls can create a subluxation of the atlas (C1) which may, in turn, affect the vestibulocochlear nerve or other elements of the vestibular system. If vertigo is the result of such a misalignment, correcting it could be the first step in reducing the frequency or severity of vertigo attacks.
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