Have you ever felt like the world around you is spinning or moving, leaving you in a state of confusion and dizziness? If so, you might have experienced vertigo, a symptom rather than a standalone condition. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the intricacies of vertigo, focusing on a common culprit known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). We can treat BPPV and vertigo in your own home or in one of our clinics in Eltham , Battersea and Norbury.
Understanding Vertigo: More than a Spinning Sensation
Vertigo is not a condition by itself; rather, it’s a term used to describe the sensation of movement or spinning. BPPV, a frequent cause of vertigo, induces sudden feelings of spinning or dizziness, often triggered by specific head movements like lying down, turning over in bed, or sitting up after lying down.
The Inner Ear Puzzle: Unravelling BPPV
BPPV’s roots lie in the inner ear, where tiny calcium crystals can become detached and disrupt the normal sensory input of head rotation. This false spinning sensation is more prevalent in females, especially during menopause, and in individuals with certain health conditions like high blood pressure, hyperlipidemia, or allergies.
Recognizing BPPV: Signs and Signals
How do you know if you’re experiencing BPPV? Keep an eye out for common signs such as dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance, nausea, vomiting, and abnormal eye movements. While these symptoms usually last less than a minute, certain signs demand immediate attention, including severe headache, fever, double vision, and more.
Seeking Relief: Treatment for BPPV
The good news is that BPPV can be effectively treated, often with a straightforward visit to your doctor or local physiotherapist. At Clearcut Physiotherapy, we specialize in vertigo treatment, employing a range of tests to diagnose BPPV and assess its severity.
Manoeuvring Toward Relief: Treatment Approaches
Physiotherapy treatments for BPPV involve specific manoeuvres, such as the Epley and liberatory or Semont manoeuvres. These techniques, coupled with habituation techniques, aim to alleviate symptoms. Our physiotherapists go beyond manual therapy, incorporating vestibular rehabilitation exercises targeting inner ear systems and broader activities like balance, coordination, stability, and posture for a holistic approach to treatment.
Conclusion: Taking Control of Vertigo
Vertigo can be a challenging symptom to navigate, but understanding its causes and seeking timely treatment can make a significant difference. If you find yourself experiencing the described symptoms, consult with a healthcare professional to embark on the journey toward relief and stability.