Vertigo, or dizziness, affects millions of people around the world each year. In a majority of the cases, vertigo is nothing than a temporary inconvenience. But in some cases, it is a debilitating condition that keep day-to-day activities to a minimum due to the severe dizziness.
Once pathologies such as infections or brain tumors are ruled out, chronic dizziness and balance disorders are usually the result of cerebellar dysfunction. The cerebellum is in the posterior aspect, the back part of the brain and controls our coordinated movements.
There are specific neurological tests which I utilize to determine cerebellar function. While the patient stands with feet together and eyes closed, the test is positive if the s/he sways back and forth. Other tests include touching the index finger to the nose with the eyes closed, walking heel to toe, moving the fingers rapidly as if playing the piano, or touching all fingers to the thumb as fast as possible. These tests and others are used to determine the function of the cerebellum.
Treatment of the cerebellar dysfunction may include:
- Unilateral adjustments: Extremities, the arms and legs, the lumbar or low back and cervical spine will be manipulated on one side only to fire muscle receptors and joint mechanoreceptors into the same side cerebellum and into the opposite side cerebral cortex of the brain. The thoracic,or mid-back, spine will be globally manipulated to fire the back part of the spinal cord, or the dorsal columns and to reduce rib fixations.
- Caloric: A warm water caloric of 180 milliliters may be administered in the ear to stimulate the same side cerebellum.
- Eye Exercises: Eye exercises may be used to increase the frequency of firing to the cerebellum and frontal lobe of the brain.
- Heat Therapy: Heat therapy is used to promote an increased metabolic and healing rate to the involved tissue. Increased heat helps increase activation to the brain and has immediate soothing and palliative effects such as decreased joint stiffness and decreased muscle spasms.
One or all of the procedures may be employed to restore the cerebellum to its normal function.
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