What triggers vertigo attacks?

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If you suffer from vertigo and not finding relief, give our office a call at (425) 686-4498 to set-up your initial consultation to learn how we can help. 

What triggers vertigo attacks?

Feel like the room is spinning? You may be experiencing a vertigo attack. Vertigo is often a symptom of an underlying condition.  Common vertigo attack triggers include turning over in bed, bending your head forward, standing up too quickly, increase in salt or MSG, alcohol or caffeine intake, stress, and lack of sleep. 

Causes and Common Treatment Options:

The top causes of vertigo include: Meniere’s disease, posterior circulation infarction, central vertigo, BPPV, dehydration, inner ear infection, head trauma, vestibular neuronitis, or migraine.

What are treatment options? The first step is to go to your doctor, especially if new onset, recurring or severe symptoms. Often they will refer you to either Physical Therapy if they suspect BPPV or to ENT doctor for further testing.

What about if all the testing is negative and Epley’s Maneuver does not work?

Can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture has been shown to help reduce symptoms while addressing root cause in cases of vertigo. 

A recent study looking to see if acupuncture could help those with posterior circulation infarction causing vertigo found that acupuncture could improve blood flow to vertebrobasilar arteries and helped to reduce symptoms.

There also quite a few studies looking to see how acupuncture can help those with central vertigo. These studies have found that acupuncture can help to reduce symptoms because it may increase blood flow to the arteries affected. 

Another study looked to see how effective acupuncture was a treating dizziness in comparison to the Epley maneuver. The study found that acupuncture and Epley maneuver was more effective at reducing dizziness than Epley maneuver alone.

At Starting Point, we specialized in chronic and complex cases, such as vertigo. We use a combined approach to care, often more than just acupuncture to help address symptom reduction while addressing root cause.

Give our office a call at (425) 686-4498 to set-up your initial consultation to learn how we can help. 

Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc, is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist in Bothell, WA at her practice Starting Point Acupuncture. She specializes in chronic and complex cases and commonly treats neuropathy, fibromyalgia, migraines, autoimmune, and infertility cases. Dr. Ellie Heintze is also the author of the book, A Starting Point Guide to Going Gluten-Free  and Keep Calm and Zen Out available on Amazon.


Acupuncture and PCI: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2022/3740856/

Central Vertigo: https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2017/7597363/

Epley: https://europepmc.org/article/med/29231382

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Dr. Ellie Heintze, ND, LAc

  • Master’s Degree in Acupuncture
    Bastyr University
  • Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine
    Bastyr University
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
    Northern Arizona University
Dr. Heintze Acupuncturist and Naturopathic Doctor

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