How Does Physiotherapy work?
Vestibular Rehabilitation exercises are used to help the brain learn to adjust to an inner-ear problem, or to help desensitise the brain to vestibular stimulation. Just as exercise for muscles must be correctly chosen and the degree of difficulty gradually increased, your therapist will find the precise level of exercise that your brain needs in order to reduce your symptoms, and adjust your exercise program to keep your brain challenged as you improve.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo. In BPPV, small bone-like crystals that have a job to do in one part of the inner ear, called the otolith, make their way into the wrong part of the ear, called the semicircular canals. This can happen to anyone, but is more likely as we age or after a blow to the head.
BPPV causes very intense vertigo lasting from a few seconds to a couple of minutes, most commonly when looking up or down or when getting in and out of bed. It is sometimes accompanied by a constant feeling of less intense dizziness or light-headedness.