Over twenty years ago, Betsy an older lady came to me from the UCLA medical school hospital. She had undergone an experimental therapy for vertigo. After six months without any improvement, she dropped out. I’m not sure how she found me other than my practice was close to UCLA. I explained to her that I didn’t have experience with vertigo, but if that she was willing to give it a try, she might notice some change after five sessions. I used a technique many psychologists utilize, called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). EMDR has been around since 1990 and now has approximately 30,000 clinicians with about 3 million patients have been treated for mostly trauma.
To my delight, she felt improvement in two sessions and was asymptomatic after four treatments. Since that time, I have had at least a dozen patients complain of vertigo and they have all responded exceptionally well.
Vertigo, a balance disorder is a manageable problem. Whether you experience symptoms in the car, on a plane, train, or ship I feel confident that I can resolve the problem.
Another type of balance disorder, motion sickness can quickly spoil that long-awaited vacation for adults as well as kids. This inner-ear disorder affects balance and equilibrium, possibly leading to queasiness, nausea, and vomiting. It is important to consider several factors such as an underlying infection such as streptococcus bacteria or epstein-barr virus, the autonomic nervous system or the vagus nerve that is out of sync, an 8th cranial nerve disorder, allergies, and structural misalignment. It seems the more difficult the problem, the more factors are involved. When more variables or co-factors are involved, I utilize several techniques to adjust the nervous system, eliminate distress, clear chronic infections, and realign the body.
Here are a few tips to prevent motion sickness:
If you’re predisposed to motion sickness, don’t read in a moving vehicle.
Be sure to get plenty of sleep before traveling.
Drink lots of water daily.
Avoid smoking and inhaling second-hand smoke, as well as close contact with other people who have motion sickness.
If you’re a car passenger, look at the scenery in the distance.
People with vertigo typically describe it as feeling like they are:
Swaying or dizzy
Loss of balance
Pulled to one direction
Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
Vertigo might be a symptom of Meniere’s disease which is more involved or Vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis which is often an active viral infection.
Over the years I have repeatedly eliminated motion sickness and vertigo for kids, teenagers, adults and seniors. I find that the various techniques I combine help pin-point the issues for relief. By using a combination of several holistic techniques, balance disorders can be resolved naturally and often quickly.
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