Vertigo is the sensation of spinning even when you are standing completely still. Your surroundings appear to be moving either vertically or horizontally. Severe vertigo may indicate a disorder of the balancing mechanisms in the inner ears, such as Ménière’s disease.
Ménière’s disease gives rise to three main symptoms - vertigo, ringing in the ears, and - in time - possibly deafness. Attacks are sudden and may last minutes or several hours and cause severe dizziness and loss of balance.
Tinnitus may be constantly present or only occur during an attack. Between attacks hearing may improve but it worsens with repeated attacks. Attacks can leave the person completely exhausted. Attacks become less frequent with time. For the majority (60-80 per cent) of sufferers, it will not cause permanent disability and most recover with or without medical help. Ask the experts at Whelehans Pharmacy in Mullingar for more information on medication and other therapies that can ease Ménière’s disease.
Whelehans Pharmacy have introduced a Hopi ear candling service with a trained consultant in their private treatment room. Ear candling is a pleasant non-invasive treatment that relieves conditions in the head and ear area.
Hopi ear candling is not a cure for vertigo and tinnitus; however it can provide some relief from these symptoms. Like any alternative treatments, it should not be seen as an alternative to proper medical assessment and treatment.
The Hopi ear candling service is on Wednesdays and costs €35 for a 45-minute appointment which includes a relaxing head massage.
Call Whelehans on (044) 9334591; visit them at 38 Pearse Street, Mullingar; or log on to www.whelehans.ie