Here at MyPhysio we know its an awful feeling when the room is spinning and you feel out of control with dizziness and nausea.
Balance disorders and dizziness are a growing public health concern across all age groups. Prevalence increases with age and these disorders are some of the most common complaints reported to GPs by older patients. Untreated, they result in worsening unsteadiness, loss of confidence and anxiety, difficulty with concentration and memory, inactivity, loss of independence, an increased risk of falls and costly falls-related injuries.
Physiotherapy treatments are now available for people who experience sensations of dizziness, feeling off-balance and possibly with associated nausea. It may occur just turning over in bed, looking up or even suddenly occur when you’re walking down a busy supermarket isle. These sensations may follow an inner ear problem, such as labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, menières disease, or may seem to occur for no reason. You may have been diagnosed with BPPV ( Benign Paroxysmal or Postural Vertigo) or may be recovering from an acoustic neuroma.
Your Physiotherapist Melanie will perform a specialist assessment to determine the best treatment programme to help you recover from your symptoms. She is fully trained (post graduate) to treat using latest techniques.
A management plan may include:
- Eye and head movement exercises
- Exercises to improve standing balance and walking
- Specific techniques to reposition fragments in the inner ear which cause dizziness in BPPV ( also known as the Epley manoeuvre)
- Education and advice on activities of daily living to improve confidence & function
- Advice on falls reduction/prevention.
Significant improvement is achieved in:
- 80 per cent of patients with unilateral vestibular loss (e.g. labyrinthitis, acoustic neuroma surgery)
- 80 per cent of patients with BPPV after one treatment session
- Patients with a central cause (e.g. stroke) may show some improvement
- Use of VR in concussion, migraine, and nonspecific balance loss of the elderly may be helpful.
Conditions we treat
BPPV – Benign Paroxysmal or Postural Vertigo
Post Stroke Dizziness