My Physio Perth’s vertigo physiotherapists are experts in vertigo treatment Perth.
What is Vertigo?
Vertigo is a sensation of moving, spinning or swaying when you are in fact stationary. Vertigo often causes nausea and is quite concerning for the sufferer.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is the most common cause of vertigo physio can treat. In fact, vertigo treatment Perth often cures BPPV in one or two sessions.
- Benign – the cause of vertigo is not harmful to your overall health.
- Paroxysmal – vertigo comes in short bursts.
- Positional – certain movements or positions of your head or body will cause vertigo.
- Vertigo – the medical term for the spinning or swaying sensation you feel.
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Signs and symptoms of Vertigo
- Brief episodes of severe vertigo that are triggered by certain head or body movements.
- Vertigo may feel like you, or objects around you are moving when in fact they are stationary.
- Vertigo attacks often last for 10-30 seconds but can persist for up to 1 minute.
- BPPV may contribute to a feeling of floating, dizziness, nausea or light-headedness and these symptoms can linger on for hours after the initial vertigo attack.
Positions that may precipitate an episode of BPPV:
- Tilting the head backwards
- Turning the head to the side
- Lying on one side
- Rolling over in bed
- Getting out of bed
- Bending over
- Looking up
- Washing hair in the shower
Causes of Vertigo
We rely on our visual (eyes), proprioceptive (muscles, tendons, joints) and vestibular (inner ear) systems to help maintain our balance.
Vertigo occurs when the brain receives conflicting information about the movement or position of our body or head from these important systems.
The inner ear has very delicate and intricate structures. One of these structures is the semicircular canals, which are filled with fluid. This fluid moves through the canals when the head is moved. The movement of this fluid is transmitted via nerve signals to the brain and should match what the eyes and muscles/joints are sensing. Occasionally small salt crystals can become dislodged and find their way into the fluid in the semicircular canals. This interferes with the nerve signals to the brain and conflicts with what the other ear is sensing, with what the eyes are seeing and with what the muscles and joints are doing. As a result, our brain gets confused, resulting in vertigo. You can get relief with vertigo treatment Perth at My Physio Sorrento.
Who experiences BPPV?
People of all ages can suffer vertigo, however, it is more common in the middle-aged and elderly people. Women are twice as likely to experience vertigo compared to men.
Vertigo Treatment Perth
BPPV may resolve spontaneously after a few weeks or months, however, treatment can be extremely effective. Treatment involves a safe, simple and quick procedure to move the crystals back to where they came from. My Physio Perth’s physiotherapists are trained in this procedure, which involves moving your head and body through a series of slow and controlled movements.
After BPPV treatment
It’s possible to feel unbalanced or slightly unwell after treatment. These symptoms may last for up to 48 hours. During your consultation, you will be provided with a treatment plan and instructions for the next week.
Following your treatment session, we recommend that you:
- Do not drive
- Avoid head positions that provoke an attack
- Avoid lying flat for two days
- Avoid sleeping on the affected or ‘bad’ side for one week
Vertigo can re-occur after a few weeks, months or even years. In the event that happens, book an appointment with us again and we will be more than happy to assist in resolving your vertigo! Book Now!