Have you ever suffered from a bout of vertigo or Dizziness?
See how Physiotherapy can help with Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
Common triggers of your vertigo or dizziness include rolling over in bed, getting out of bed, and lifting your head to look up.
The most common cause of dizziness is Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) . Others include Inflammation in the inner ear, Meniere’s disease, neck joint dysfunction, vestibular migraine and acoustic neuroma. Rarely, vertigo can be a symptom of a more serious neurological problem such as a stroke or brain haemorrhage.
BPPV tends to come and go for no apparent reason. An affected person may have attacks of vertigo for a few weeks, then a period with no dizziness symptoms at all.
What is the vestibular System?
The vestibular system is a part of your inner ear that helps you to control balance. When it has been injured you may experience dizziness, vertigo and/or balance issues.
The term dizziness refers to a range of uncomfortable sensations, including feeling light-headed, feeling faint, losing your normal sense of balance, feeling woozy and having a false feeling of your body spinning around or moving to one side. The term vertigo refers more specifically to a false sense of spinning or sideways movement.
What Causes BPPV?
Inside your inner ear, there is a series of canals filled with fluid. These vestibular canals are at different angles. When your head is moved, the rolling of the fluid inside these vestibular canals tells the brain exactly how far, how fast and in what direction your head is moving.
BPPV is caused by little ‘ear rocks’ or otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) within the vestibular canals.
The symptoms of BPPV can include:
- Sudden episodes of violent vertigo.
- Dizziness and/or nausea.
- Movements of your head trigger vertigo.
- Your vertigo may last half a minute or more.
- Your eyes may drift and flick uncontrollably (nystagmus).
How can Physiotherapy help?
BPPV can be treated with simple exercises, taught by our physiotherapist’s who are familiar with the techniques required.
Vestibular Physiotherapy is available in our Caloundra, Kawana and Buderim clinics.