Vertigo is the sensation of feeling off balance for an extended period of time.
Although a unsettling, Vertigo can be diagnosed and treated by your Adelaide Clinic chiropractor.

Vertigo can be a frightening and debilitating condition that gives the sensation of severe dizziness, nausea, and/or a sensation that you or your surroundings are moving. The sensation is best described as spinning, whirling or moving vertically or horizontally. It can come on without warning.

Anatomy of the inner ear

The inner ear is a hollow fluid-filled bone that exists on both sides of the skull.
The inner ear is described in two parts; the cochlea and the semicircular canals.

The cochlea is coil-shaped, wrapping around the auditory nerve. Moving fluid inside the cochlea stimulates the auditory nerve endings which we interpret as sound.

The semicircular canals are three hoop shaped passageways, placed perpendicular to each other. These three canals have nerves that when stimulated give us a sense of direction when turning, nodding, or tilting the head.

2 Types of Vertigo

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)

BPPV originates in the inner ear. Calcium crystals called canalith particles are constantly being produced and dissolved as they flow through the semicircular canals. These crystals may become stuck or dislodged in the canals, causing a sensation that the world is spinning or moving.

Cervicogenic Vertigo

Cervicogenic vertigo is generally caused by pain in the neck, often due to physical trauma.
With a neck or spine injury, bloodflow can be restricted to the inner ear hindering your perception of orientation. This form of vertigo is characterised by the sensation of rotating or falling, often provoked by certain head positions or movements.
Headaches and jaw pain often accompany this condition.

Dr. Jacquelyn Nicholls is skilled in diagnosis and treatment of both types of Vertigo.


Epley's Maneuver

Epley’s Maneuver is a series of movements, normally carried out on a person by a doctor, to relieve the symptoms of BPPV. Research has found it to be an easy, safe, and effective treatment for the condition in both the long- and short-term.

It is designed to put the head at an angle from where gravity can help relieve symptoms. Tilting the head can move the crystals out of the semicircular canals of the inner ear. This means that they stop displacing fluid, relieving the dizziness and nausea this was causing. In this way, the Epley maneuver relieves the symptoms of BPPV. However, it may need to be repeated more than once, as day-to-day movements can further dislodge the crystals after initial treatment.


Acupuncture is safe and effective for the treatment of dizziness and vertigo patients. Studies have shown that acupuncture has an immediate and significant therapeutic effect. Acupuncture also aids in reduction of nausea and stress response to vertigo symptoms. It is helpful in both types of vertigo.

Put Your Body in Good Hands

Not only can Dr. Jacquelyn Nicholls can diagnose and treat the symptoms of both types of vertigo,
she also provides healthy spine and pain management advice.

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