I’ve had a few people lately with dizziness and vertigo. There are many causes of these and I can only help with some. It is vital to get checked by a doctor as soon as possible and get a proper medical opinion. A couple of those people were found by the doctor to have nothing obvious wrong. That brings me to some causes I’ve seen that sit a little outside the usual medical realm.
Jaw misalignments and tensions can cause pressure on the inner ear where our balance mechanisms are housed. Bowen Therapy is quite useful for alleviating jaw tension and misalignment. Of course, you must also look at other remedies, such as a splint from a dentist to prevent tooth damage to some chronic grinders. Many of the people with jaw misalignments have problems with clenching and grinding and some have a history of orthodontic work.
Another place for the dizziness to come from is extreme tension in the occipital region at the top of the neck. This can also bring a feeling of nausea. Several people who have presented to me with dizziness have had near-immediate relief from releasing this area and this area also relates to jaw tension, so often people have both areas affected. Neck tension can be relieved by massage, Bowen Therapy or various other therapies such as osteopathy or chiropractic. Of course, you may also need to examine sleeping posture, ergonomics and other activities to eliminate potential causes of the tension.
So remember, your first stop should be a medical doctor to eliminate any potential serious problems, but finding nothing, consider your jaw or uper neck as potential causes.
Michael Alcott – Sydney Complementary Health