Acupuncture for Vertigo and Imbalance

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat diseases, reduce stress, relieve pain, and attend to other bodily ailments. Though people have been receiving acupuncture and reporting on its successes for decades, there have not been scientific studies on its effectiveness in treating a specific condition until very recently.

For many patients, acupuncture is a safe, alternative method to help with their vertigo and imbalance when traditional medications or prescriptions do not provide the relief they need. And relief they will undoubtedly find! The stimulation from acupuncture has been shown to reduce the effects of vertigo and imbalance in patients quickly! Patients often report relief from the dizziness and unease of vertigo and imbalance after a few sessions at Lok Acupuncture Clinic.

But don’t just take our word for it. In 2015, a study was conducted in Taiwan that compared a test and a control group that had been previously diagnosed with vertigo and imbalance problems. The control group was given a placebo therapy and saw no improvement in their symptoms. The test group was administered 30-minute acupuncture sessions by clinicians and immediately reported that their symptoms were lessening or gone altogether.

As you may know, vertigo is the feeling that you are moving when you’re not. This sensation can be triggered by movements such as turning your head too quickly or looking down from a great distance but ultimately caused by problems in the inner ear or brain and brainstem. There are two different forms of vertigo with each stemming from various medical issues.

Peripheral vertigo results in a problem with your inner ear and thus your balance, while central vertigo occurs when your brain or brainstem are suffering from a disease originating from your central nervous system (CNS). Peripheral vertigo is typically more severe, and central vertigo is more gradual in its onset. Regardless of the type of dizziness you are experiencing, more than likely, your quality of life is suffering because of it.

Also known as ‘spinning dizziness,’ vertigo is characterized by feeling like you are spinning, swaying, tilting, or generally unbalanced. Patients also report occasional symptoms of vertigo as feeling nauseated, suffering from headaches, ringing in the ears, and even vomiting.

How Acupuncture Works to Treat Vertigo

While prescription medications have their place in healing the body, when related to vertigo or imbalance, these medications are not treating the issue but rather managing the symptoms. Add on the unavoidable side effects of tranquilizers such as benzodiazepines, which are commonly prescribed to treat vertigo, and a simple miscommunication between your inner ear and brain has turned into a whole medical ordeal between you, your doctor, the pharmacy, and the insurance company.

Acupuncture is intended to relieve pain and tension in your nerves, muscles, and tendons by stimulating pressure points (acupressure points) with fine, thin needles. By strategically placing these needles into specific parts of the body, we can spur an affected nerve to release neural hormones and induce a biochemical response in the body to reduce pain, dizziness, or nausea.

So what are you waiting for? Find the relief from vertigo that you deserve by calling today to schedule your acupuncture appointment with Dr. Peter Lok.

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