The systems found to be involved with Vertigo may include the nervous system with the cranial nerves (specifically the vestibulocochlear nerve), the dura (which is the tissue that covers the brain and spinal cord), as well as the autonomic nervous system. Other systems often found to be involved with vertigo may include the arterial system, the lymphatic-venous system which helps to drain blood from the head and neck back to the heart, and the musculoskeletal system - in particular spinal ligaments, bone and cranial sutures.
The supporting fascia of each of these systems will, in response to injury or even perceived threat, tighten up in a reflexive spasm which is intended to protect from further harm. These protective spasms tighten the tissue and cause restrictions in mobility and contribute to less efficient blood flow. Inside the head, tissue tension and swelling can pull on or compress local nerves, arteries, or veins, and thereby cause symptoms such as dizziness and problems with balance. Some symptoms may take a while to develop once these reflexive spasms have been triggered.
The specific systems involved in your case of vertigo are identified when your therapist performs the Counterstrain Scan. The primary systems that require treatment are then addressed with Fascial Counterstrain manual therapy. This is a gentle method in which the affected tissue is mechanically shortened until it relaxes completely, thus releasing the protective spasm and restoring normal function. Your therapist will reassess with the Counterstrain Scan and continue treatment towards complete resolution of the symptoms of vertigo.
Idiopathic vertigo is more likely to resolve completely than vertigo caused by a disease process. There being no known medical cause, it is probable that the symptoms are being caused by these protective spasms alone. When there is a disease process involved, there is often a reflexive component to the symptoms, in addition to the pathology. This reflexive component will respond to Fascial Counterstrain treatment. However, the underlying disease may continue to irritate tissues and generate symptoms. Thus, treatment can reduce symptoms, but they may not resolve completely.