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Dizziness / Vertigo

 

 
  • Are you suffering from dizzy sensations, loss of balance, nausea or a sense of the world spinning around you? 
  • Do you lack confidence with your balance, or have difficulty negotiating crowds? 
  • Do you have issues bending forward, looking up or rolling in bed? 
  • Do you suffer travel sickness, or feel dizzy or unwell in environments with high stimuli such as supermarkets?

You may be suffering from a vestibular disorder.

Many people suffer dizziness occasionally through everyday life.   Some conditions can impact severely on functioning, work, leisure, mental health, and quality of life. 

Your physiotherapist can help identify the problem and target a treatment regime to manage or resolve your symptoms and return your quality of life. 

What is the vestibular system?

Located deep within each ear are two vestibular systems.  They consist of 3 semicircular canals filled with fluid, and two organs covered with crystals. 

Rotation movements cause fluid movement in the canals, acceleration and deceleration stimulate the two otolith organs. 

This information is co-ordinated with the brain, the eyes and the muscles to maintain balance and visual focus.  A disruption to any of this information may cause dizziness, poor focusing, balance disorders, nausea and vomiting.   

Conditions treated by Physiotherapists

  • Vestibular neuronitis
  • Travel sickness
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Ototoxicity
  • Stroke
  • Trauma
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • General deconditioning and falls risks. 

How can physiotherapy help? 

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy refers to an individualised treatment regime designed in the UK. 

Your physiotherapist will prescribe a series of exercises to improve your vestibular function and balance, and allow the system to adapt to the symptoms. 

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) 

This is the most common vestibular disorder.  It is caused by a movement of small crystals in the inner ear into the wrong position. 

Typical complaints include; dizzy and nausea on bending forwards, looking up or rolling in bed to one side. 

This condition is very disabling, though can often be completely resolved in one treatment session!

For more information please contact one of our clinics.  Please let our reception staff know that you are enquiring regarding a balance or vestibular condition when booking. 

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