"Vertigo and Balance Problems Can Be Helped By
The only medical treatments used for vertigo and balance problems are medications like Antivert or botanicals like catnip. They are effective only while under the influence of the drug. And they treat only the symptom, not the cause.
Balance problems and vertigo are situations affecting a part of the inner ears known as the semicircular canals. They are located in the bones just behind the visible portion of the ear. The two semicircular canals are each comprised of three bony rings filled with fluid, set at different positions so that at least one of the canals has fluid movement any time the head is moved. The brain uses the six fluid-filled canals to determine where the ground is or at least where the pull of gravity is coming from. The more your head moves, the more the fluid in the inner ear moves, and the more movement the brain is aware of.
The process of determining balance is complex. Each movement of the head causes movement of at least one of the semicircular canals, and the sensors inside the affected canal(s) respond to the fluid movement and stimulate the brain to change body muscle-coordination patterns to react to the movement of the brain.
My clinical observation and experience treating people with poor balance, dizziness and vertigo is that they generally have common structural patterns: The position of their ears is not uniform and symmetrical. When this happens, the brain is using two groups of sensors placed at different angles and heights to determine the position of the ground. Often these people are dependent on their vision to maintain their balance because of this asymmetry.
Consider the complications the brain would encounter if the ears differed in position five degrees and a centimeter (0.4 inches) in vertical (height) position. This would mean that the signal from the inner ears would have a five-degree/ one-centimeter difference in the findings of where the ground is. This would not affect much until the person was walking on irregular terrain, walking on a beam high off the ground, moving in the dark or standing on one leg. In these situations, five degrees of position or one centimeter of height can be very important. I have examined people whose ear positions differ more than three centimeters (1.2 inches). No wonder that they are clumsy!
Imagine what it would be like to be blindfolded and walking with two persons, one at each ear. They are whispering walking conditions to you. What do you do if they give you different information? Do you pick one to believe? Do you stop and get scared? This is the situation a person has when the ears are not positioned symmetrically. Having your ears at different angles and different positions on the head (implying rotation of the temporal bones relative to one another) is a similar experience, except that it seems normal to the sufferer; nobody knows that this situation can be changed!
The normal result expected
with NCR is for the temporal bone positions to become more
symmetrical. As the ears become more symmetrical, balance
(and proprioception) improves.