Vertigo, Dizziness & Balance Problems


My name is Barbara P.  I went to Dr. Hanson for help with several symptoms brought on by using my eyes at work or just by sitting on the bus and riding home.  These symptoms included feeling like my eyes were spinning around clockwise in my head, nausea, tight feeling in the top and front of my head, dizziness, and light-headedness.  These symptoms were difficult to deal with and over time, I became more emotional and moved to tears very easily.

After a few weeks of treatment, which included oxygen and breathing exercises, I started to improve.  It was gradual at first and then there was a sudden jump toward improvement.  I feel much stronger now, both physically and emotionally.

Not only do I credit chiropractic for my improvement, I also credit Dr. Hanson’s gentle treatment of my condition. He didn’t overload my body with changes it wasn’t ready for, rather, he worked with my unique, individual situation and treated it accordingly.

Thank you, Dr. Hanson

Symptoms:   ”migraines,backaches and pains, vertigo, blurred vision, nausea, lack of ability to function, acute sharp pain behind my right eye and in my head from the base of my skull up and through the right side of my head.”

Duration:   “6-8 hours to 5 days”

Severity:  “Extreme and Chronic”

Did you have any doubts that chiropractic would help you?  “Yes, but I trusted something in Dr. Hanson and figured at the point I was, he just might be able to help me”

What were your first impressions of Hanson Chiropractic and Dr. Hanson?  ” Dr. Hanson did neurological tests on me and x-rays that showed what he had talked to me about-my faith and hope grew-the office is warm and friendly-Dr. Hanson is just wonderful, a friend and generous by nature”

Describe your results, including time involved:  “1st! a twitch that I didn’t know was related to all this went away. Migraines lessened in frequency almost immediately(only about 4 in 3 months, instead of 4 in a week!). Vetigo has gotten much relief, back pain is minimal. ”

What would you recommend to others who are sick, suffering, or in pain?  “Go to Dr. Hanson-no one else!”

Vicki H.   Bellevue, Wa


Vertigo, or dizziness, affects millions of people around the world each year.  In a majority of the cases, vertigo is nothing than a temporary inconvenience.  In some cases, vertigo is a debilitating condition.  Day-to-day activities is kept to a minimum due to the severe dizziness.

In many cases, the area of dysfunction in the nervous system is the cerebellum.  The cerebellum is in the posterior aspect (back part) of the brain and controls our coordinated movements.

There are specific neurological tests that the we utilize to determine cerebellar function.  Standing with your feet together and eyes closed, the test is positive if the patient sways back and forth.  Other tests include, touching the index finger to the nose with the eyes closed, walking heel to toe, moving the fingers rapidly as if playing the piano, or touching all of your fingers to your thumb as fast as possible.  These tests and others are used to determine the function of the cerebellum.

Treatment of the cerebellar dysfunction may include:

  • Unilateral (one-sided) Adjustments:  Extremities (arms and legs), lumbar (low back) and cervical (neck) spine will be manipulated on one side only to fire muscle spindle cells (muscle receptors) and joint mechanoreceptors (joint receptors) into the same cerebellum and opposite cerebra cortex (brain).  The thoracic (mid-back) spine will be globally manipulated to fire the dorsal columns (back part of the spinal cord) and reduce rib fixations.

  • Caloric:  A warm water caloric of 180 milliliters may be administered in the ear to stimulate the ipsilateral (same side) cerebellum.

  • Eye Exercises:  Eye exercises may be used to increase the frequency of firing to the cerebellum and frontal lobe of the brain.

  • Heat Therapy:  Heat therapy is used to promote an increased metabolic and healing rate to the involved tissue.  Increased heat helps increase activation to the brain.  Heat has immediate soothing and palliative effects as decreased joint stiffness, decreased muscle spasms and releases histamine and bradykinin causing vasodilation of the tissues.

One or all of the procedures may be employed to restore the cerebellum to its normal function.

If you are interested in seeing if you are a candidate for our breakthrough procedures for treating vertigo give us a call to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Hanson at (425) 558-1266.

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