Dizziness / Vertigo or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Spontaneous dizziness or vertigo that comes on a few seconds after a certain head movement (eg. tilting the head backwards, turning your head, rolling in bed)
- Imbalance after a certain head movement
- Light-headedness after a certain head movement
- Nausea/Vomiting after a certain head movement
- Blurred vision
We can help! Vertigo is described as a spinning sensation. Some may refer to this as dizziness. The most common condition of vertigo is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). At Body Rhythm Physiotherapy, staff are able to perform the specific assessment for this condition, subsequent treatment and provide you with appropriate instructions to assist in getting you back to normal.
The most common cause of vertigo is debris within the inner ear, that becomes dislodged and is now moving in the fluid of a semi-circular canal. When these particles accumulate in one of the canals they interfere with the normal fluid movement, causing the inner ear to send false signals to the brain. This false information does not match with what the other ear is sensing, with what the eyes are seeing, or with what the muscles and joints are doing. This mismatched information confuses the brain and results in vertigo.
For most patients, vertigo clears up after one to two treatment sessions, although occasionally subsequent treatment sessions are required. Our treatment technique involves moving the crystals back to where they came from. This is achieved by moving your body and head through a series of slow, controlled movements. The exact positions will depend on which canal the crystals are in and whether the crystals are floating around or have become attached to another part of the ear. This technique is called the Epley’s Manouvre.
After your treatment session we recommend that you:
- Do not drive
- Avoid head positions that bring on vertigo
- Avoid sleeping on the affected side
We can also teach you a home exercise to assist in resolution of your symptoms.