Vertigo is not a condition in itself but rather a symptom like tinnitus. This describes the feeling of dizziness and can be very unpleasant and unsettling experience. Vertigo doesn’t only put us at risk of falling and causing injury but it can also cause feelings of sickness and even lead to vomiting. This is because the body will often interpret vertigo as a symptom of an illness or even toxicity/poisoning.
Thus it will then want to ‘purge’ the system. If you’re just a little dizzy, then this extreme reaction can be overkill, leaving you really struggling for no real reason!
So what causes vertigo? There are countless different triggers and to understand them, it can be helpful to first understand how the body handles balance to begin with. You might remember from highschool biology then that the balance is situated largely in the ears. Equilibrioception is at least partially based on the way that fluid called endolymph moves around inside the semicircular cannals of the ears and brushes against the thin hair cells of the capular. This allows the brain to ascertain its orientation and this information is then coalesced with information from the eyes and the limbs.
Problems occur when information from one or all of these sources is compromised. This can then result in contradictory signals, which in turn cause the individual to feel as though they are spinning around or falling.
Fortunately, there are a number of different solutions to this issue and in this post, we’ll examine some of the best ones.
1. Head Rotations
Sometimes the dizziness is caused by the wrong information coming from the semicircular canals as well as the utricle and saccule in the vestibule. Especially if you have moved quickly recently, you might feel that the world is still spinning when it should have stopped.
Simply rotating your head slowly in each direction can help you to essentially ‘reset’ this input and thereby overcome the sensation of dizziness.