• One of the causes of dizziness can be Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

    Your doctor may have mentioned this condition, but you’re unsure as to what it is. It is a condition that causes short-lived bouts of vertigo (dizziness). 25% of cases are as a result of BPPV. Within your inner ear are a number of semicircular canals filled with fluid. With movement, this fluid moves from canal to canal and this provides the brain with information on head position. Also within the ear are crystals that are usually held in a non-sensitive part of the inner ear. Through trauma and deterioration of the structures, these crystals move into a sensitive part of the inner and disrupt the movement of fluid.

    Symptoms include:

    • Unexpected bouts of vertigo
    • Nausea
    • Difficulty focusing with your eyes
    • Certain head movements provoke dizziness
    • Dizziness last up to 1 minute

    Phrases used by patients explaining the symptoms include: being on a bouncing castle, standing on a ship and swaying in the wind. The Physiotherapist at Advanced Physio West will apply precise movements and exercises that will gently relocate the crystals to a different area of the inner ear, that is less sensitive and does not provoke dizziness. These relocation exercises usually have a 90% success rate.

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