There are a number of reasons why people suffer from dizziness. Sometimes it is related to blood pressure, or medication, which your GP can assist with. However, sometimes it is due to problems with the inner ear, or vestibular system.
The most common reason for a sudden onset of dizziness is a condition called BPPV – a bit of a tongue twister that stands for Benign (not nasty) Paroxysmal (it comes and goes) Positional Vertigo. This means that in some positions or with some head and neck movements, you have a sudden sensation of dizziness – often when looking up or turning over in bed. This tends to happen more often as people get older. The good news: physiotherapy can help.
BPPV is caused by some crystals in your inner ear behaving badly. They are supposed to live in a group in two locations inside your inner ear, a tiny little centre that helps us to know which way is up by detecting gravity. We don’t know why, but sometimes they move off and float around another part of the inner ear system, and as they travel through these canals they give a sense of really severe dizziness.
So, what does that mean for you?
Physiotherapists can help diagnose BPPV by asking specific questions about your dizziness, and then doing some tests to work out where these crystals have travelled. Once we locate the correct canal in the ear, there are a series of movements to re-set or return them to where they belong.
At the Physio Clinic our staff are trained in the assessment and treatment of BPPV, and we also offer services regarding Neurological and Vestibular Physiotherapy for those with other forms of dizziness and balance disorders.
Dr Michelle McDonnell – Neurological Physiotherapist
For more information, call The Physio Clinic on 8342 1233 or click below to book online.
Prospect | Findon | Burnside Hospital | Belair
Michelle has completed a PhD in Neuroscience and practices at The Physio Clinic in Prospect, South Australia who provide services regarding Neurological and Vestibular Physiotherapy for those with other forms of dizziness and balance disorders.
She also teaches physio students about rehabilitation at UniSA. She has a special interest in people with stroke, dizziness, other neurological conditions and falls and balance problems.