Dizziness and Vertigo
Did you know there are many different causes of Dizziness? Vertigo is a type of dizziness that is accompanied with a sense
of spinning or loss of balance. This is caused by an issue in the Vestibular System within the Inner Ear.
The Vestibular System is the part of the Inner Ear that provides sensory information about motion, equilibrium and spatial
orientation. If this system is disrupted, you may experience symptoms of vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbances and imbalance.
These symptoms can drastically affect a person’s quality of life and can contribute to anxiety and depression.
The most common Vestibular Dysfunction is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Patients will experience a short
lasting sense of vertigo, triggered by certain changes in head position; such as rolling in bed or moving from sitting to standing.
It is caused by the movement of particles (crystals) within the Semicircular Canals of the Vestibular System. BPPV can be
successfully diagnosed and treated by Physiotherapy, helping to reposition the debris through specific treatment techniques
and prescribed home exercises.
Other forms of Vestibular conditions require Adaptation or Habituation Exercises which expose the patient to progressively
increasing stimuli. This challenges the brain to use other senses to compensate for the deficient Vestibular System.
Rochelle, your Vestibular physiotherapist can guide you through these exercises also.