It is really important to know there are many causes of Vertigo. I believe many are suffering unnecessarily due to the fact they have no idea WHY they got vertigo to begin with.
Some of the known causes are:
- Injury to neck or head
- Bad infections like flu or sinus infections
- Malassimilation of calcium
- Misalignment of the atlas vertebrae also known as C1
- Poor posture & sleeping posture over time
So let’s break it down and try to make a complex subject easy.
First, you need to know that vertigo can be caused by 2 different systems and that it is not always a problem in your ears. Those 2 systems are called Peripheral and Central. The peripheral system includes the vestibular system inside your ear AND the central system involves the brainstem or the cerebellum. Both are pathways to the brainstem.
Let’s talk about the Vestibular System first. There are 3 kinds of vertigo that stem from a disruption in our vestibular system.
1. BPPV – benign proximal position vertigo
This is caused by crystals of calcium carbonate that get displaced into the canals. They are called OTOCONIA’s. The crystals disrupt the normal function of the canals and when displaces certain movements cause vertigo, hence the name positional. When you are still then you are fine. Symptoms can last a few weeks & require a special maneuver to get them out of the canal. They can reoccur because these hairs are calcified and easily break off and fall into the canal. You must work on calcium malassimilation because as long as this is a problem you can keep getting more calcium rocks or the little hairs that become calcified and break off falling into the canal, which will cause again another vertigo.
These crystals can get displaced by:
- Viral infection
- Head trauma
- Idiopathic meaning unknown.. that is the word you don’t want to ever hear!
- I want to add one more.. calcium malabsorption or assimilation. This is a big one because many are drinking water filled with rock calcium they can’t utilize so it is just building up everywhere and calcifying everything even their arteries…. So changing to distilled water and taking ionic minerals instead is a good start. But working on gut assimilation is a whole other podcast but one that is necessary.
2. The second vertigo having to do with the vestibular system is called: Meniere’s disease.
This is caused by the lymph in the semicircular canals that are likely too thick from toxic overload and not success in cleaning the lymphatic system, which then causes a higher pressure that disrupts sensory signals. Signs your vertigo may be Meniere’s:
- Hearing loss especially over time between attacks
- Fullness in ear
- Many people get Nystagmus where their eyes have rapid movements back and forth
Symptoms are not worse from movement so they are not positional.
The 3rd kind of vertigo is called Vestibular Neuritis
This vertigo is caused by inflammation of the vestibular nerve often thought to be caused by a virus. It can last weeks until the virus resolves. It can also be caused by:
- Shingles virus
Ok now let’s talk about vertigo from the other system called the Central system which remember includes the brainstem and cerebellum, not the ear.
Any pathology or illness that affects the brainstem or cerebellum can disrupt the signals from the vestibular system and cause vertigo, but the most common pathology is:
- Posterior circulation infarction which is a stroke in that area – which would happen suddenly
- Tumors – Gradual onset with brainstem or cerebellum dysfunction
- MS – has other MS symptoms
- Vestibular migraine – you will get also visual aura and headache.
One thing in common with all vertigo caused the Central system that we just mentioned is that it is not caused by any special movements like vertigo caused by the vestibular system which is more positional vertigo.
Now, most would tell you that is all the causes of vertigo from a Central disturbance.. but there is one big cause missing and I promise you no doctor will ever talk about this as they don’t know about it.
- The last cause of vertigo from the disturbance of the central system is caused by a misalignment or the ATLAS which is the first cervical vertebrae. It is called C1 because C stands for cervical and 1 because it is the first vertebrae and the one the head sits on. The atlas is the only free-floating vertebra so when one experiences trauma to the neck like an accident or whiplash it is common their atlas got pushed out of place. Eventually, it can become so misaligned that it puts pressure on the brain stem and bam you get vertigo!
This kind of vertigo accounts for many misdiagnoses as doctors don’t have an idea about this atlas misalignment since they are not taught this in medical school.
There are a few different atlas specialized chiropractic techniques. They are:
- Blair Chiropractic
- Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic
- NUCCA Chiropractic
Not all of them do it the same but since there are not so many Upper Cervical chiropractors in the world if you can find anyone using the above techniques I am pretty sure you will fix your vertigo as I did ASAP.
Some good rules to follow.
Get up carefully. First roll over and wait, then sit up and wait, then stand up and hold on to someone or something and wait. If all feels stable then you can walk. Once you are without symptoms for some months you begin to get your confidence back. Technically if you keep your atlas in alignment with follow-ups you would be free of vertigo forever!
For calcium rocks, you should consider:
- Move to a plant-based diet so your body stops pulling calcium from your bones to offset the acid produced by eating a meat diet.
- Drink distilled water instead of water with rock calcium in it
- Work on the calcium assimilation process
- Take the herb Chanca Piedra that can help break down calcium
- Homeopathy can work to help absorption and assimilation but it would be personalized per case.
Listen to the whole episode I did as a meSPEAKS on my podcast by clicking on the image below.