Functional Medicine Meridian ID What Causes Dizziness

If you are like most of the individuals we work with, dizziness in Meridian ID is one of the most frustrating things. Maybe you have been battling it for days, months, or even years. It may consume your entire life or randomly happen.

There are so many things that you wish you could but are unable to as a result of the dizziness.

  • Attending your child’s sporting event
  • While on a family vacation you are living in the hotel while everyone else is creating memories
  • Even getting up at night to use the bathroom is a trigger
  • Enjoying a movie with your friends or spouse

If any of these sound like you that is okay, you are not alone. Every week we work with individuals who suffer from dizziness.

I’m going to review what needs to happen for dizziness to not control your life and why you are still struggling.

First, I want to start with what you have likely experienced and then we will talk about what happens in the brain.


When individuals get dizziness they will go to their primary care doctor and even the hospital if it is bad enough. You are then prescribed a medication to help such as meclizine and given a nausea medication such as promethazine as well. This works for some, but for the majority of individuals we see this has provided little to no relief and for many it actually makes it worse.

From there they try to move a crystal that potentially is off in your ear but it doesn’t help. Then you are off to physical therapy or ENT for further evaluation and management. Everything you do at best minimally helps, but on the other end of the spectrum it makes you worse.


Dizziness at its core is a brain based issue. If it is severe enough you have likely had imaging to make sure there isn’t a bleed or tumor that could explain it. This makes it all the more frustrating because you are told your imaging is normal and it seems there isn’t a great answer.

When you think of dizziness from now on, I want you to think from the perspective of the brain receiving bad information. When the brain received bad information it impacts the perception of what is really happening. This causes the dizziness you are experiencing.

The brain receives information from three main areas:

• Visual
• Joint and Muscles (Somatosensory)
• Vestibular

First visual, our eyes are considered the window into the health of the brain. When the brain is unable to control the eyes appropriately this creates a wide range of symptoms ranging from brain fog, fatigue, visual changes, poor concentration, and much more.

Second joint and muscles also known as somatosensory, the information comes from our feet and neck. Damage to any of these areas from neuropathy in the feet or whiplash to the neck can routinely cause dizziness or feeling unstable. There are many other reasons this may occur but those are two to consider.

Lastly vestibular, the vestibular system is overly generalized and referred to as the inner ears. That is only one part of the system and grossly under estimates its impact. The reason is because that is easier to treat. The vestibular system is active 24/7 in response to gravity or
any movement. Did you know that is one of the reasons why when astronauts go to space their bone density decreases? Yes, the vestibular system as a whole is that important.

When any of the three areas doesn’t send good information to the brain it creates an issue.


You no longer need to be frustrated by having normal imaging as that is expected with most dizziness cases. We need to look at how your brain is functioning.

Evaluating the visual system is best done using computerized eye movement testing known as video oculography of VOG for short. This is performed by wearing goggles that record your eyes movements as you perform a variety of tasks over a 30 minute span.

Joint and muscles are performed by testing sensation. The cervical spine is evaluated by looking at passive and active range of motion and seeing how it influences balance as well as feels of dizziness.
Vestibular system is partly evaluated when looking at the visual system. The other part is done using computerized balance testing. This testing isolates different aspects of balance: visual, somatosensory and vestibular. Testing is performed with eyes open and closed on both flat and uneven surfaces.

In our experience most individuals don’t know how well they will do with either video oculography or balance testing and are surprised at their results. The brain compensates to try and keep us stable, but despite its best effort you are still dizzy.


With this information we are able to create a customized plan for you to reconnect your brain using targeted therapies to improve the parts of the brain not doing their job right.

It is great to finally understand why you have dizziness and have a plan that makes sense. As a result, the individuals we see predictably become more stable and dizziness no longer controls their lives.

If you’d like to see if you’d be a great fit for what we do then contact us today to get started.