BPPV or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is usually brief sensations of movement which last from a few seconds to a few minutes. It can be brought on by sudden movement of the head, such as rolling over in bed.
Labyrinthitis or Vestibular Neuritis is a type of vertigo that can occur suddenly and can be associated with hearing loss and can last for several days.
Meniers Disease consists of episodes of vertigo which can also be accompanied by ringing in the ears ( tinnitus) and hearing loss. The onset is sudden but there are also periods which are symptom free.
Tinnitus type symptoms can also be the result of tumors and other diseases of the head and neck, but these are rare and will usually be accompanied by other symptoms.
All vertigo cases I have treated were as a result of injury or strain to the muscles of the neck, shoulders and upper back, and because many of these muscles attach to the bones of the head, they can pull these out of alignment.
There are twenty-two bones that make up the cranium ( head ) which mesh together like teeth or gears. These bones need to be able to move very slightly apart from one another and back again.
They do this to allow cerebrospinal fluid to flow around the brain to bring in nutrients and to take away waste products.
The bones can sometimes get jammed together, either from a blow to the head, or by the muscles attaching to them going into spasm and pulling them out of alignment. This can not only affect the spinal nerves in the neck but it can also pull on the membranes attaching to the inside of the bones, impinging on the cranial nerves causing further dysfunction and interfering with the flow of vital fluid.
Craniosacral therapy uses gentle but highly effective techniques to relax the muscles allowing the bones to move back to their normal functional position allowing a good flow of fluid and freeing up the trapped or impinged nerves.