If you’re looking for vertigo treatment, the best chiropractor in Denver, Colorado is Dr. Ty Carzoli. He has helped hundreds of patients overcome their balance disorders using upper cervical chiropractic adjustments.

What is vertigo? Vertigo describes a spinning sensation or loss of balance even when you are still. Vertigo sufferers can suddenly feel dizzy and off-balanced. Almost 4 in 10 American adults experience vertigo at some point in their lives.

Vertigo is a symptom of multiple conditions, but not a disease in itself. Ask your chiropractor or other healthcare provider about identifying and addressing the root cause of vertigo symptoms.

Take control of your whole body health. Schedule your appointment with Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic today! Friday appointments are reserved for patients who have to travel from outside the Denver area.

What causes vertigo?

Vertigo is often caused by inner ear balance dysfunction or brain problems. Below is a list of causes of inner ear dysfunction, brain problems that result in dizziness, and vertigo:

  • Standing up, which can cause temporary low blood pressure (orthostatic hypotension)
  • Certain medications (antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, etc.)
  • Prolonged bed rest, leading to spinal and muscle tension
  • Hyperventilating
  • Sudden head movements
  • Head trauma
  • Ear surgery
  • Migraines
  • Syphilis
  • Shingles around your ear
  • Perilymphatic fistula (inner ear fluid leaking into your middle ear)
  • Otosclerosis (a middle ear bone growth condition)
  • Infection spreading to the brain
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Brain tumor
  • Stroke

These risk factors for vertigo increase the chances of facing vertigo symptoms in the future:

  • Age over 50
  • Female gender
  • Muscle weakness
  • Head injury
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Surgery around the ear

2 Types of Vertigo

There are 2 main types of vertigo, essentially separating the inner ear root causes from the nervous system root causes:

  • Peripheral vertigo is the most common type of vertigo, which occurs due to a problem with your inner ear or vestibular system, both of which are responsible for your balance. Subtypes of peripheral vertigo include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, and Ménière’s disease.
  • Central vertigo is less common, which happens when a medical condition impacts your brain, such as a tumor, infection, or head injury. Central vertigo often results in more severe symptoms like difficulty walking.

What’s Normal vs. What’s Not

Vertigo may be common, but it’s not normal. If you’ve experienced more than one episode of sudden-onset dizziness, you should seek medical attention from a chiropractor right away. If it’s an emergency, go to the ER.

What’s normal: When you stand up, your blood pressure slightly lowers for a few seconds. Sudden drops in blood pressure can cause dizziness and lightheadedness, but the blood pressure change when standing should not cause full-on vertigo for the average person.

What’s not normal: Chronic vertigo is cause for concern. If you’re getting dizzy all the time, you should ask your healthcare provider for medical advice or treatment ASAP. Yes, you’re at higher risk of vertigo as you get older, but that doesn’t mean that vertigo is “normal” for older people.

Here are normal symptoms that may accompany vertigo:

  • Balance issues
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Motion sickness
  • Double vision
  • Nausea
  • Hearing loss in one or both ears
  • Ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
  • A full feeling inside your ear
  • Side-to-side eye movement outside your control

How We Treat Vertigo

At Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic, Dr. Ty Carzoli and his team make sure your upper spine is properly aligned. Ensuring those top 2 vertebrae (atlas and axis) are in alignment can get rid of a surprising amount of health problems, including vertigo.

Read more: What To Expect at Denver Upper Cervical Chiropractic

Our chiropractic adjustments are gentle enough for a baby or your grandmother. They are precise and painless. We use small instruments to target specific parts of your neck and spine. (No “neck cracking!”)

When coming to us for the first time, many patients have already tried the Epley maneuver without success. However, we can perform the Epley maneuver in-office (although it’s not our first-line treatment).

If you’re not able to drive to Denver, here’s how other people treat dizziness. Conventional treatment of vertigo may include:

  • Chiropractic care
  • Vestibular rehabilitation physical therapy
  • Canalith repositioning that moves broken calcium crystals from the fluid-filled semicircular canals into an open area of your inner ear
  • Certain medications
  • Surgery

Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Vertigo

Dr. Ty Carzoli is the best chiropractor in Denver for treating vertigo and dizziness symptoms with precise, painless chiropractic adjustments. Upper cervical chiropractic focuses on the top two vertebrae in your spine — the atlas (C1) and the axis (C2).

Dr. Ty has worked with hundreds of patients like you who are struggling with vertigo symptoms but can’t find any solutions that work. Upper cervical chiropractic worked for them. It can work for you.


It typically takes a few seconds for a vertigo episode to settle. Sometimes, minutes pass. In rare cases, a severe vertigo episode may take hours or days to pass.

The following activities can trigger vertigo:

  • Standing
  • Spinning
  • Bending your head
  • Turning over in bed
  • Driving fast
  • Head injury
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Extreme stress

Lying still in a dimly lit, quiet room can help with vertigo episodes. Certain stretches can alleviate vertigo symptoms, such as the Half Somersault Maneuver. 

Avoid stress, anxiety, or dangerous situations to prevent vertigo from triggering or continuing.

Although not the most common symptom, vertigo can affect your eyes. Double vision and blurred vision may accompany a vertigo episode.

Vertigo may be temporary or permanent, depending on the root cause in your individual situation. Inner ear problems can often be fixed with stretches or chiropractic adjustments. Nervous system and brain conditions may require medication. Stress or dehydration are more temporary and fixable.

Dr. Ty Carzoli is the best doctor of chiropractic in Denver, Colorado to see for vertigo, migraines, and other health problems that are hard to get rid of. Schedule your appointment today!