If you’re in a spin or feel like you have the world on your slumped shoulders, you’re definitely not alone (it is quite a common condition) and we might have the solution.
There are many common causes of dizziness and the most common one is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (or BPPV). “Benign” means it is non-life threatening, “paroxysmal” means it comes in sudden, brief spells, “positional” because it is triggered by certain movements and “vertigo” means a false sense of rotational movement. BPPV is a mechanical problem caused by the inner ear where calcium carbonate crystals that are normally embedded in gel in the utricle (central structure) become dislodged and migrate into one or more of the 3 fluid filled semicircular canals where they are not supposed to be. For more information visit: www.vestibular.org.
How can PhysioWest help?
Various studies report that approximately 85% of BPPV can be fixed in just one physiotherapy treatment.
After determining which of the semicircular canals is affected, our physios will perform a re-positioning manoeuvre to move the calcium carbonate crystals and therefore eliminate the sensation of vertigo. We will then give you specific advice to help prevent reoccurrence.
Short visits to a physio can also treat other causes of dizziness and foggy-headed feelings. For example, chronic feelings of vertigo may be caused by a Vestibular Hypofunction or Cervicogenic Dizziness. Both of which can be managed with a comprehensive exercise rehabilitation program available at PhysioWest. Treatment options depend on the cause and your symptoms.
Note: If you are suffering from severe and sudden onset headaches, or from persistent dizziness, double vision or nausea that seem unrelated to any particular movement then consult a doctor immediately.