For more than 69 million Americans suffering from the debilitating ailment, vertigo is a chronic sensation best described as a feeling of uncontrollable spinning and loss of balance. Commonly caused by an inner ear problem, vertigoimpacts balance, leading to frequent dizzy spells and, in severe cases,can trigger headaches, nausea and vomiting. While antibiotics and medications are often prescribed to address infection or inflammation associated with vertigo, acupressure has been shown to provide great relief for many patients.
Chronic Dizziness Reduces Quality of Life
Chronic dizziness, the most common symptom of vertigo can severely impact the performance of daily activities for sufferers. Tasks such as bathing, dressing, or moving around the home can become next to impossible for adults struggling with vertigo. Driving can also pose a danger for individuals struggling with symptoms of vertigo as the sensation maycause extreme visual disturbances that reduce or completely obstruct one’s ability to maintain a comfortable state of life.
Restoring Balance through Acupressure Points
Various treatments may be used to relieve symptoms associated with vertigo, depending on the cause. While physical therapy and medication such as antibiotics may be prescribed to combat vertigo caused by infection or inflammation, many patients rely on Oriental Medicine techniques, such as acupressure, to stimulate a specific set of pressure points in the body to relieve spinning sensations, as well as nausea and vomiting due to dizziness. Acupressure is an ancient form of bodywork that incorporates many of the same Traditional Chinese Medicine principles as acupuncture, but is performed using physical touch instead of needles to restore balance throughout areas of the body—known as meridians—in order to eradicate illness and pain resulting from an energy imbalance.Applying pressure to various points helps to release tension and clears the energy pathways to restore proper function many of the body’s vital organs.
While the body is made up of many meridians, some of the specific points targeted when relieving symptoms of vertigo are the found on the wrists, inner forearms, shoulders, center of the top of the head, back of the neck and cheeks. Each point is associated with specific symptom relief, and practitioners often combine each target point in a single session to offer maximum relief for patients struggling with dizziness.
Most practitioners believe acupressure not only treats the energy fields found in the body but also helps preserve the mind, emotions, and spirit.Thelength of a treatment ranges from 45 to 90 minutes,and patients often find relief after only a couple of sessions. Patients are frequently encouraged to perform acupressure techniques on themselves during the onset of a vertigo spell as a form of continuing treatment.
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