Cervical vertigo (cervicogenic dizziness) is a neck-related sensation that makes you feel like you are spinning or the world around you is spinning. It’s a diagnosis provided to you once all other possible causes of dizziness have been ruled out.
Those suffering from cervical vertigo may complain of dizziness that worsens after they maintain the same head position for too long. Usually, the dizziness will occur after neck pain, and this may be followed by a headache. If the neck pain lessens, the dizziness will also decrease. The symptoms of dizziness last minutes to hours. Also, if you have cervical vertigo, you may complain of general imbalance, which can increase with movement in the environment or with head movements.
Can anxiety bring about cervicogenic dizziness?
Anxiety is an emotion that is characterised by a state of inner turmoil that’s unpleasant. Often manifesting itself through nervous behaviour such as somatic complaints, pacing back and forth and rumination. It’s a feeling of worry and uneasiness, often generalised as well as unfocused as an overreaction to any situation only subjectively seen as menacing.
Anxiety attacks can result in the tightening of the muscles in the neck and hyperventilation, a condition in which you begin to breathe very fast (overbreathing), which may bring about cervical vertigo (cervicogenic dizziness). Anxiety attacks can also lead to physical weakness, difficulty thinking and dizziness. These are some good ways to reduce anxiety:
Get some exercise
A ten-minute walk may be as effective as working out for 45 minutes. A brisk walk or any other simple activity can give you several hours of relief. You can find fun or enjoyable forms of exercise such as playing sport or outdoor games.
Exercise creates endorphins (endogenous opioid neuropeptides and peptide hormones) that makes you feel great. Blood flow is also increased in your body. People who are physically active have lower rates of anxiety. Exercise can improve your mental health by helping your brain cope better when are stressed.
Meditate on positive things
Meditation helps anxiety by breaking negative thought patterns. Racing thoughts often create a vicious cycle of anxiety and worry. Where meditation really shines is that it breaks that vicious cycle of obsessive and negative thinking. Meditation can decrease rumination, even in people having lifelong mood disorders. It reduces the tendency of worrying and then improves your control over your thoughts. Use it to focus on the good and positive things in your life.
Focus on right now
There is a tendency when you are anxious, that you are consumed by negative thoughts about the past or future. Instead, you should pause, breathe and only pay attention to the present moment. This will improve your capability of managing the situation.
Talk to someone
Tell family and friends you are feeling overwhelmed. Let them know how they could help you. Talking to someone who is outside of the situation can help you find a solution.
Speak to the effective, experienced team of chiropractors at Neuroworks to discuss your options for treatment of cervicogenic dizziness. Conveniently located in Ealing, West London.