How to Manage Vertigo After a Chiropractic Adjustment

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A man is receiving an adjustment. (Image: Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you’ve just received a chiropractic adjustment, chances are you felt some improvement in your body's function, but a sudden movement of your head might trigger a sudden sense of vertigo. This abnormal sensation, which differs from ordinary dizziness, makes you feel as though either you or the room is moving. Even top physicians from the Mayo Clinic don’t know all of the causes of vertigo, although some triggers include a stroke, inner ear trauma and sudden head movements. While vertigo remains a baffling, idiopathic disease, you can manage an attack of vertigo after a chiropractic adjustment.

Step 1

Sit down and take a few deep cleansing breaths.

Step 2

Tell your chiropractor that you are experiencing an attack of vertigo. Depending on your symptoms, she might be able to subdue them. For example, if you are also experience nausea, she might have a nutritional supplement on hand to calm your stomach.

Step 3

Ask for a place to lie down if you are still feeling unbalanced so you can close your eyes and rest. Elevate your head and have all the lights in the room dimmed because bright lights can exacerbate vertigo.

Step 4

Remove any heavy or extra layers of clothing if you are sweating and ask for a wet, cool wash cloth to rest on your forehead.

Step 5

Avoid coffee, diet colas or other caffeine-laden beverages. They won’t give you a jolt that you might be looking for. Rather, these liquids might restrict your blood vessels and make your vertigo worse. Drink water instead.

Step 6

Err on the side of caution and get a ride home from your chiropractic appointment. Do not risk injuring yourself or others behind the wheel of a car, even if you feel better and have achieved some equilibrium.

Step 7

Prepare to be tired after the vertigo attack. In fact, it is not uncommon to sleep for longer periods than usual. Indulge this need because it's your body’s way of recovering.

Step 8

Consult with your physician or internist when you are feeling better and apprise her of the vertigo attack. Describe its intensity and duration. Even sporadic attacks should be reported to your physician because they might factor into other elements of your health and well-being.

Tip

Vertigo is often the most debilitating symptom of Meniere’s disease -- an imbalance in the inner ear. In addition to vertigo, the symptoms include dizziness, hearing loss and tinnitus.

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