Dizziness Vertigo

Dizziness vertigo is a very distressing disturbance of the balance mechanism in the inner ear; should some crystals become lodged in one of the semicircular canals, preventing the fluid from swishing about normally, an alarming spinning of the world begins.

It is associated with nausea and, in serious cases, you may fall over and begin vomiting.

The astute observer may notice that the eyes are spinning, or flicking in a bizarre fashion.

Organs in the inner ear enable us to keep our equilibrium, and give the brain vital information about the movement of the body; when the receiver in the right ear gives conflicting signals with those from the left, the we go into a spin.

In clinical practice, knowledge about vertigo is important; turning from one side to the other may provoke an attack, making the patient giddy, and even vomit. Some people, like Mrs Spiertz in this story, can only lie on one side.

Laying on the opposite side, either at night, or on the chiropractic bench may provoke one of the these severe, distressing attacks; the patient wants to move out of the position immediately.

There is a simple solution to vertigo; a Dr Epley worked out a series of manoeuvres that displace the offending crystals from the inner ear. The problem is that the patient has to lie in the very position that makes them feel so awful, and stay there until the spell passes over. In severe cases this will be very distressing.

Dizziness Vertigo

Benign positional paroxysmal vertigo.

Medical research shows that drugs have no place in the management of dizziness vertigo; the Epley manoeuvres are the proven treatment of choice. Finding a chiropractor, skilled in the use of this technique, is the way forward.

More about Mrs Spiertz; this delightful Limburg lady had been completely unable to lie on her left side. It would immediately provoke an attack of severe vertigo; no treatment, either her doctor's pills or her chiropractors manipulations had helped.

Until she met Dr Bernard Preston, DC. He had been to a continuing education course on the use of the Epley manoeuvres; and Mrs Spiertz was to be his first guinea pig, or proef konijn in Dutch.

With dramatic results; a local television station was on a fact finding mission about chiropractic to the local clinic. Things didn't exactly go according to plan; with hindsight, starting on such a severe case wasn't the wisest. Bernie rapidly went through a metamorphosis from obscurity to fame, and on to infamy. For the rest of the story, you can enjoy this excerpt from Preston's next book.

The book stones in my clog.

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Physical Therapists providing a Chiropractic adjustment?

Many insurance companies now only pay for physical therapists to provide a chiropractic adjustment; that's in the face of powerful research proving that inclusion of DCs to perform their own technique would save them a good deal of money. One has to conclude that political medicine has gone off on another tack to contain our profession.

It's being successful with some doctors of chiropractic quitting. Others become involved in some dodgy practices, like demanding that patients sign up for a whole year of treatment in advance, in order to stay in business.

In recessionary times, the going is tough when the insurance won't pay.

Is the day approaching for a new Wilk versus the AMA and the insurance companies?

The chiropractic profession has tried hard to stay on the moral high ground; those who stoop to unscrupulous practices need to be exposed and disciplined if we are not to stoop to the low blows that medicine has often resorted to contain and eliminate us.

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