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If you have ever suffered from vertigo, you know how debilitating and unsettling it can be. About 20-30 percent of the population can expect to experience vertigo at some point in their life.
There a several different types of vertigo, one of the most common is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV. It is a condition where small crystalline particles develop inside the inner ear. When the position of the head is changed such as sitting up or rolling over, periods of dizziness occur as the particles move around inside the inner ear. Vertigo is often accompanied by nausea that can be very mild to quite severe. Often, people will be prescribed medication for their benign vertigo, many report mixed or limited improvement however.
The causes of BPPV can vary from a slip and fall, to a bump on the head, to being in a head down posture for extended periods or even just waking up with it. Some people may only get it once and others it will re-occur.
Once an assessment and determination of BPPV is made, generally the condition can be resolved within a couple of treatments. Typical BPPV treatment at HealthWorks consists of the using a modified Epley maneuver where the person is taken through a series of head positions to flush the particles out of the ear canal. Acupuncture in Regina can be used after the maneuver to target the vestibular system. In 24 years of experience treating vertigo, I have found that the addition of acupuncture in Regina to the Epley maneuver has improved the results to the point where most people’s symptoms are resolved in 2 treatments. If you are unsure of acupuncture in Regina or have a fear of needles, the treatment can be done without acupuncture as well, using just the Epley repositioning treatment.
The Acupuncture portion of the treatment consists mostly of auricular acupuncture where small needles are put into the outer portion of the ear. If nausea is a concern, the addition of needles to an acupuncture point on the wrist and a point by the knee can be added to help reduce those symptoms as well. There are several acupuncture points in the ear that are focused on calming down the vestibular dysfunction. Many patients find the acupuncture treatment very relaxing.
If you have any questions regarding acupuncture in Regina or the treatment of vertigo, please call the office at 306-525-0007.
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