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Vestibular Rehabilitation for Vertigo & Dizziness

Nearly 40% of people will experience some from of vestibular dysfunction or Vertigo in their lifetime, with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) being one of the most common. BPPV patients experience brief periods of vertigo / dizziness sensation with changes in head position. BPPV or vertigo is dizziness that is usually described as ‘room spinning’ rather than lightheaded dizziness.This disorder can usually be easily diagnosed and promptly treated here in the clinic.

What causes BPPV?

The inner ear contains 3 canals that sit at different angles to each other and are all filled with fluid. When the head moves, movement of the fluid in the canals tells the brain how far, how fast and in what direction the head has moved. BPPV is caused by small crystals (made of calcium carbonate) that dislodge from other structures of the inner ear and move within the canals. They stimulate the nerves that detect head movement, sending a message to the brain that the head is spinning, even if the head has only moved position slightly.

Activities that bring about the signs and symptoms of BPPV can vary from person to person, but are almost always brought on by a change in head position. The most common activities which stimulate BPPV are:

  • Turning over in bed
  • Getting out of bed
  • Looking up or down
  • Quick turn of the head
  • Walking up/ down stairs

The signs and symptoms of BPPV may include:

  • Dizziness
  • A sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving (vertigo)
  • A loss of balance or unsteadiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

BPPV can occur at any age but is more common over the age of 60. There are no known major risk factors for developing BPPV, although previous head injury or inner ear infection may predispose individuals to future development of BPPV.

The signs and symptoms of BPPV can come and go, with symptoms commonly lasting less than one minute.

If you have any of these symptoms, please call the clinic and advise us that this is the condition you wish to seek treatment for, and we will book you an appointment with Drew Murray, who specialises in treating this type of condition. If you are unsure if your dizziness if amenable to treatment here, please call us and Drew can discuss your case with you, and advise on the best course of action.