Dizziness or Virtigo can be avoided

Our vestibular system (balance system) – equilibrium - receives its information from various organs like the eyes, the ears, or sensors in our joints.  If two of those organs oppose each other, the entire organic system is disrupted and we experience dizziness. Dizziness can in some cases even be completely normal, such as in motion sickness (becoming sick at sea - sea sickness - or when riding in a vehicle). In motion sickness a disagreement exists between visually perceived movements and the vestibular system's sense of movement.

Although, vertigo is a sensation, it is by no means an illusion. In almost all cases, the complaints can be identified objectively. A dysfunctional balance – an imbalance - is the main form of vertigo. Dizziness manifests itself in physical symptoms that can be measured.

Many symptoms of dizziness are caused by rather insignificant disturbances in the equilibrium system, but a serious can hide behind every vertigo problem. It is crucial to find the initial cause for this condition. The most common forms of vertigo are central processing disorders such as low blood pressure, alcohol consumption, but also taking certain drugs, closely followed by misinformation from the musculoskeletal system. Causes are particularly tensions in the shoulder-neck muscles from the connection joints of the cervical spine. Way down in the chain of primary causes, are illnesses of the vestibular system and eyes.

The severity of a vertigo incident or attack can vary considerably. Depending on the situation, activity, or location, the attack might be more detrimental. If, for example, you experience dizziness  while driving a motor vehicle or a bicycle, the vehicle must be parked as quickly as possible. In addition, if you are working at heights, for example in building construction, you should try to find  secure grounds the moment the vertigo occurs. In the most severe cases of dizziness, when you cannot stand up by yourself and you need to constantly vomit, the bystanders will even call an ambulance or the fire brigade.

In most cases of a peripheral dysbalance – a vestibular disorder, the actual cause is not known. Major hypotheses are hearing loss, a circulatory disorder, or a hidden virus infection. Accordingly, infusions of blood circulation-promoting and anti-inflammatory drugs are suggested for the treatment. Some drugs act centrally on the brain and thereby the symptoms of vertigo. These drugs should be given as a suppository, so that they can act despite of the patient having to vomite. However, it should also be considered that these drugs restrict the ability of our central vestibular system to adjust itself again. While they lessen the vertigo symptoms, they simultaneously prolong the actual condition.

With less severe cases of dizziness, the most effective help comes from nature - a leisurely walk through the forest. A dysfunctional equilibrium system should be trained systematically so that it can re-arrange the peripheral information again. This is best achieved with walks in hilly terrain on uneven or unpaved road grounds, which provides the equilibrium organs with information from the joint surfaces. A walk along straight growing trees signals our eyes spatial orientation and so restores the equilibrium.

All dizziness (vertigo) symptoms, whatever the cause, are diseases recognized by our health laws. Both the diagnostic and therapeutic measures are covered by all health insurances.

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