If you’re suffering from vertigo, it can make it difficult to take part in your daily routine. Physiotherapy can help to relieve the symptoms that are associated with vertigo. Some of the common symptoms of vertigo are dizziness, ringing in the ears, hearing loss as well as feeling off balance and headaches. Here is an example as to how physiotherapy helped one of Core Physio’s clients with vertigo.
An interesting person came into the practice. Her name is Sarah*, Sarah* is a 37 year old with two very young daughters. One day, she lent over to pick up her two-year-old daughter and noticed that she started to feel dizzy and light headed. From this point onwards, she began to find it increasingly difficult to bend over and pick items up without feeling dizzy or light-headed.
Sarah* decided to get help and see a physio. Upon examination, the physio noticed blurred vision combined with uncontrolled/shakey (nystagymus) eye movements. After careful assessment through the use of special tests (Dix Halpike), it was found that Sarah* was experiencing Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), this is a false sensation of spinning. The physio educated Sarah* that benign meant that her condition was non-life threatening and paroxysmal means that it comes on suddenly often in short durations and is triggered by certain positions of the head.
The physio provided treatment that involved specific head movements such as Epley’s manoeuvre to shift the particles in her ears. After a couple of physio treatments, Sarah* is no longer experiencing episodes of vertigo and is back to her regular activities. Picking up her daughter is no longer an issue!
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, book an appointment with one of our physios today.
*The name has been changed to protect the privacy of our client.