The Difference Between Dizziness and Vertigo

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Dizziness and vertigo are two words used interchangeably these days, when in fact they mean two different things.

“Dizziness” is an umbrella term pertaining to an uncomfortable sensation of inner confusion. In addition to vertigo, dizziness also includes common lightheadedness, equilibrium imbalance, and other common disorienting conditions.

“Vertigo,” on the other hand, is a special kind of dizziness marked by a spinning sensation. You may remember spinning like a top when you were a kid, then enjoying (yes, it was fun back then, wasn’t it) the disorienting sensation that followed when you stopped. The spinning sensation, whether clockwise or counter-clockwise, is the defining characteristic of vertigo.

As you get older, the sensation you get from vertigo becomes less and less amusing. The disorientation may lead to falls and injuries, and may even get in the way of common tasks in the home and office. Not surprisingly, individuals suffering from regular attacks of vertigo spend more time sitting or lying down, trying to keep from passing out, than on their feet leading productive lives.

In America, about two in every five individuals seek treatment for dizziness and vertigo within their lifetimes. This statistic doesn’t take into account those individuals who don’t pay their doctors a visit regarding their condition and soldier on with their lives despite the risk.

That means one thing – chances are you have suffered, or will suffer, from dizziness and vertigo in some point of your life.

Doctors all over the world attribute dizziness and vertigo to several causes, including ear infections, motion sickness, strokes, and other problems with the ear and brain. With so many causes, there are also a wide variety of treatment options available – none of which, sadly, have been found to cure the condition completely.

I, on the other hand, have found two causes underlying vertigo, as well as all the other dizziness conditions. They are:

  • Lack of oxygen reaching the brain due to fascial restrictions
  • Tension in the muscles supporting the head due to fascial restrictions

  • When the brain is starved for oxygen, it naturally signals all bodily functions to take it easy in an attempt to put the body in a horizontal position. This would bring more blood to the brain, giving it the oxygen it needs.

    And when the head isn’t carried straight over the neck like it was designed to, tension occurs in other muscles (such as the jaw) as they attempt to compensate for the imbalance. This only results in further problems between the balance systems in the eyes and ears.

    I believe these two causes need to be addressed in treating dizziness and vertigo. That’s why our Vertigo And Dizziness Program focuses on exercises that bring more oxygen into the body and correcting the head’s posture.

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