When dizziness strikes, our spatial understanding of the world gets distorted, causing unsteadiness and light-headedness. Vision becomes affected, and the body feels as though it is spinning, swaying, or falling. This feeling often causes nausea and vomiting, or in extreme cases, a loss of consciousness. In many cases it is caused by poor circulation and lack of oxygen to the brain from stress, overwork or anxiety. Hearing problems will cause dizziness.
Tension in the shoulders or spinal alignment problems can interrupt circulation. Dizziness and blackouts from getting up too quickly are from short-term oxygen deprivation, often linked to low blood pressure.
Chronic circulatory problems, arteriosclerosis, high or low blood pressure, heart problems and anemia can cause bouts of dizziness.
The inner ear regulates spatial awareness, and ear infections are a likely source of persistent dizziness when associated with nausea and vomiting.
Dizziness caused by low blood sugar levels is a symptom of hypoglycaemia.
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Reflexology areas to emphasize:
- Neck – tension can reduce blood flow
- Cervical / spine – misalignment of spine can cause dizziness
- Inner ear / ear / eyes – inner ear regulates balance