There are three kinds of dizziness that a Physiotherapist experienced in this field can assist with:
1. Positional Vertigo (otherwise known as BPPV)
You may have been told that you have a ‘problem with the crystals is your ears’ or you may roll over in bed or bend down and experience a temporary spinning sensation. If this sounds like your condition an experienced Physiotherapist can identify and treat this with a series of specific manoeuvres and it can usually be resolved quickly.
2. Vestibular Nerve Irritation (Vestibular Neuritis or Vestibulopathy)
The second condition has varied terminology but is simply an irritation to the nerve that carries information about balance from your inner ear to your brain. This usually occurs suddenly and may or may not be associated with a recent viral illness. Acute management by your GP usually involves medication to calm the sensitivity. Within a short period of time this medication should be ceased and a specific exercise program to retrain your balance system will help you to readjust.
3. Cervical (Neck) Dizziness
Cervical dizziness is caused by stiffness in the upper neck. Some patients won’t complain of neck stiffness or pain as they may just be ‘used to it’. Manual treatment to the neck region as well as correction of any ergonomic, postural factors or muscle weakness will assist with this condition.
* A Physiotherapist experienced in managing vertigo and dizziness will be able to appropriately rule out sinister pathology as well as several non-sinister causes of dizziness with a series of screening questions and a thorough clinical assessment.