Physio treatment for vertigo
I’m so dizzy my head is spinning… It’s invisible to everyone except for my physio!
Dizziness and vertigo are a common complaint and they can be treated successfully by a trained physiotherapist.
The first step is to rule out any serious medical reason for dizziness, which is very unlikely. Physio’s are very well trained to do this.
After an initial assessment with your physio, we are able to determine the most likely cause of your dizziness. Once we identify this, then we can commence the correct treatment, so you can start to feel better almost immediately.
Depending on the cause, one treatment can result in a significant and immediate improvement. You will be shown exercises to continue at home. If these are done correctly, you should continue to feel improvements each day, until your dizziness has eased completely.
Some common causes of dizziness and vertigo are….
Your stiff, sore neck
There are 200 motion detecting spindles per gram of muscle in the muscles at the base of your skull (and only 5 in the muscles in your thumb). This makes it very important for feeding back information to your eyes, ears and vestibular system so you can balance your head on your neck. A stiff, sore neck will therefore feedback incorrect information and make you feel dizzy.
Physiotherapy is an excellent option for treating neck pain and tightness. We use manual therapy, exercises and advice to to ensure your neck is moving well, including providing that important spatial information back to your brain.
Your Vestibular Organ
This can cause a true feeling of the world spinning. The vestibular system has three main circular canals with free floating calcium deposits that provide information about your head position. If these become dislodged into the wrong canal, you may have intense sensations of vertigo. Your balance system is not able to send the correct information, resulting in mixed messages and this sense of dizziness.
We can perform an easy manoeuvre that shifts the particles into the correct canals. We can also teach you to do this yourself at home so you can continue to recover day by day.
The nerve to your vestibular system
A virus or bacteria can cause inflammation of this nerve resulting in sudden vertigo and this may persist for months. It can appear quite suddenly and severely, resulting in debilitating dizziness.
We can teach you specific rehabilitative exercises for your vestibular system. These can be quite simple, but often very effective at overcoming that debilitating dizziness.
Compensation and Deconditioning
Perhaps you have had a stiff neck for a long time and can’t find a reason for your dizziness. Or perhaps you are getting a lot of unusual eye strain and some dizziness. The very likely cause is a compensation occurring between the motion detecting neck muscles, the vestibular system, and feedback from your visual system.
Physio’s are experts at conditioning, and your vestibular system is no different to the rest of your body. We use exercises specific to the targeted area and to rehabilitate your vestibular system. Through regular practice, your visual and proprioceptive systems become better at communicating the correct messages, resulting in less dizziness.
So don’t feel dizzy anymore!
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