What Is Vertigo?
Vertigo is the false sensation of spinning (either you or your environment around you).
While vertigo is a symptom of many conditions, the most common cause is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (or BPPV). Episodes of vertigo are often triggered by movement and changes in position which cause the person to feel dizzy or unsteady. Although this condition is non-life threatening, it can be very disabling! People with vertigo often become fearful of movement and avoid activity which can affect their mental and physical health. Also, if their balance is affected by the condition, they are also at risk of falling and injuring themselves.
How Can Vestibular Therapy Help With Vertigo?
The good news is that vestibular therapy is highly effective! Many studies have been done which show vestibular therapy for BPPV can see a 90% improvement of symptoms within only 1-3 treatments.1
At your first appointment, a trained specialist conducts a vestibular assessment to help determine what could potentially be causing or contributing to your symptoms. They will help you learn about your condition and develop a customized treatment plan to maximize your body’s ability to reduce or eliminate symptoms. A treatment plan usually involves a combination of in-clinic sessions and techniques prescribed for you to work on at home.
As you progress through the treatment plan the therapist may include the following strategies:
– maneuvers to correct vertigo
– techniques to help reduce or eliminate symptoms and improve focus while moving
– balance training
– hands-on treatments
– recommendations on diet/lifestyle changes
– at-home exercises.
So if you struggle with episodes of dizziness, being unsteady or having a spinning sensation, don’t suffer alone. Get support from an experienced therapist who can get you back to feeling your best and doing the things you love symptom free!
References: Parnes LS, et al. Diagnosis and management of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). CMAJ. 2003 169(7):681-693