Escape the Spin Cycle
"Just because you can't solve it, doesn't mean my problem doesn't exist." That's what our patients want to say to their doctors who, when prescriptions don't produce vertigo relief, throw their hands up in the air and announce, "Well, can't be vertigo. Must be something else."
Sometimes it is something else. Vertigo shares many symptoms with other health problems. Often, vertigo itself is lumped into and dismissed as a symptom of a more serious disease or, thanks to that Alfred Hitchcock movie of the same name, mistaken as a simple fear of heights.
For those experiencing vertigo, there's nothing simple about it. And it's no afternoon at the movies. But it's worth a trip to Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder, where Dr. Alison Bremner understands that while usually treated as an inner ear problem, vertigo often originates in the neck area. And the neck area is, quite literally, her area of expertise. With more than a decade of experience, Dr. Bremner has met many patients experiencing vertigo symptoms associated with neck injuries and fatigue.
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I Think I Might Have Vertigo. What are the Symptoms?
Vertigo, when it strikes "out of the blue" can mimic mild panic attacks. Unlike with severe anxiety, there's no pill or breathing exercise to calm the patient and reduce discomfort. Though vertigo symptoms are rarely as severe as a full-blown panic attack, some can last far longer—several days, weeks, or even years. One of our patients even calls her vertigo experience the "spin cycle".
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar?
- Double vision
- Feeling that everything is spinning around you
- Impaired, sometimes muffled hearing
- Loss of balance
- Nystagmus: Unusual eyeball movements, usually horizontal jerking or "vibrating" appearance
- Nausea and vomiting
- Perspiration (unexplained by exertion or environmental factors)
- Tinnitus: Ringing or rushing sounds in the ears
Some of these vertigo symptoms are limited to inner ear complications, but most occur anytime there's a disruption in the body's ability to seek equilibrium. Our patients describe vertigo as the feeling that you're still, but the world is spinning or tilting around you. It's the classic symptom and you wouldn't believe how many doctors miss the connection between vertigo and the upper spine or neck area. But then again, most don't have neck specialist Dr. Bremner's experience and focused education.
Vertigo's symptoms aren't limited to what our patients experience as a direct result of their neurological impairment. When we don't have confidence in our ability to maintain our balance and sensory perception, it affects our ability to function as active, productive people. Our anxieties about possible "episodes" can become as debilitating as vertigo itself, and let's face it—when we're feeling off, our loved ones and co-workers feel it, too.
What Causes Vertigo?
As we mentioned, inner ear issues are the best-known vertigo triggers. Infections, damage, head and neck trauma, and genetics can wreak havoc on specialized hairs and fluid-filled canals in our ears, throwing us off balance and making us feel queasy.
But our skeletons also play a role in signaling where our bodies exist in space and time, and when mechanoreceptors in our joints are out of position, our proprioception—our nervous system's ability to transmit and process balance-related information—goes out the window. (Or porthole, if you describe your vertigo as feeling lost at sea after too many trips to the sushi buffet).
The cervical vertebrae and surrounding tissues are where most spine-related vertigo cases originate, and that's why many people who come to us for neck pain relief report they're also experiencing vertigo.
It's not just anecdotal. Medical studies have confirmed a correlation between improved neck wellness and vertigo relief. That's why chiropractors who specialize in cervical vertebrae meet a lot of clients who are desperately seeking vertigo treatment and hope for a return to their active, pain-free lives, and why patients from all over Colorado—and from around the world—have come to Boulder specifically to see Dr. Bremner.
What are Your Favorite Success Stories?
We're proud of our clients. After all, it's a team effort; no medical treatment is effective without their determination to look after themselves and take an active role in their recovery. All the same, we're proud of what our patients say about Dr. Bremner and the rest of us at Atlas Chiropractic of Boulder. Here are just a few of our nearly 200 rave Google reviews:
Dr. Alison Bremner is a talented practitioner who focuses on really understanding what is going on with the spine and nervous system. She is warm and inviting and truly cares about improving the lives of her patients.
— Megan B.
After seeing six different doctors to assess my vertigo, it was the only chiropractic healing that was able to help me. Dr. Bremner always works to get me seen as soon as possible when I have a flare-up and listens with concern to get me back on my feet.
— Ellen S.
My story began 3 years ago when I began experiencing vertigo... I sought out medical professionals to help me find a cure or even a way to lessen the symptoms but was unsuccessful in finding a long term solution. The professionals I visited included my primary care physician, two ear, nose, and throat specialists, and a sports medicine chiropractor. It was November of last year when my symptoms got so bad that I decided to try something different... If you are experiencing any vertigo, please contact [Dr. Bremner] for a free consultation. Really, you have nothing to lose. Do your own research and make your own decision on how you want to live the rest of your life. I made the right choice and have no regrets. Thanks, Dr. Bremner, for helping me improve the quality of my life!
— V. Otto
If you are having a problem with your health and hit a bunch of "dead ends" with no answers, call Dr. Alison, she will take great care of you.
— Dan C.
Dr. Bremner is terrific. She takes time to understand your needs and build a care plan for you. The staff is very pleasant, kind, and professional. It is a pleasure to pay a visit there and I highly recommend them.
— Allison N.
You Deserve to be Our Next Vertigo Success Story!
Like Ms. Otto said, "Really, you have nothing to lose." Especially if vertigo has sidelined you from life. So contact us today. The phone consultation is free, but the real value is finding hope that your doctors got it wrong: You do have options for a life outside the "spin cycle".