Dr. Samuel Charles a Chiropractor Functional Neurologist based in Elkton MD has been helping people recover from Vertigo, headache and Dizziness without the use of drugs. One of the most challenging conditions seen in Dr. Charles’ office is vertigo. The sensation of moving, dizziness, spinning, uneasiness or balance trouble are all ways of describing balance system dysfunction. Many people typically do not associate treating symptoms of car sickness, dizziness or vertigo with a visit to the chiropractor, but Dr. Charles frequently treats patients with these symptoms. Regardless of the diagnosis, he works to optimize not only a patient’s body but also their brain and nervous system function. This is of the utmost importance when treating a patient who reports symptoms of balance disorders.
As with any pain or symptom, it is perceived and perhaps described differently by different patients. Some describe the sensation as the room spinning, themselves spinning, inability to steady themselves, a sinking feeling or the floor slipping out from under them. Each description provides insight into which balance system may be the main problem. The different systems that maintain balance are numerous, complex and highly integrated with one another. These include the vestibular (or inner ear), visual (eyes), proprioceptive (muscle and joint receptors), and nervous (brain, brainstem and cerebellum) systems. All of these systems must work well in order for optimal balance to be maintained. It is important that any pathology, if present, be ruled out and treated appropriately. Vertiginous symptoms can also be experienced by those with no pathology. The list of lab, imaging and other diagnostic testing is too long to touch on here, but may be appropriate depending on the case. A comprehensive history, physical and neurological exam is very important as the small details will often define the root of these symptomatic complaints.
There can be many causes of dizziness/vertigo. High or low blood pressure, allergies, head injuries, anemia, viral infections, certain medications, nutritional deficiencies, neurological disease, brain tumors, ear infections, poor neck biomechanics, excess ear wax or vision difficulty are some examples.
Many patients continue to experience dizziness/vertigo even though all pathologic problems/diseases have been ruled out. These patients have what is known as a physiologic lesion. A physiologic lesion is the result of balance systems firing “out of order” or not “communicating” properly with each other.
Therapies for these symptoms are also numerous and varied. Many patients try a type of physical therapy called VRT (vestibular rehabilitation therapy). The typical medical approach is to manage symptoms with various pharmaceuticals including anti-histamines, diuretics and migraine medications. As a chiropractic neurologist, Dr. Charles’ approach is non-invasive and holistic. It incorporates assessment and treatment of all of the systems involved with balance and movement. He utilizes specific spinal and extremity adjustments.