How Physiotherapy Can Help With Vertigo
If you’re suffering from vertigo, it can make it difficult to take part in your daily routine. Physiotherapy can help you to relieve the symptoms that are associated with vertigo. Some of the common symptoms of vertigo:
- Ringing in the ears
- Hearing loss
- Feeling off balance
Here is an example of how Physiotherapy helped a client 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 she felt dizzy and light headed. From then on, she began to find it increasingly difficult to bend over or 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). As a result, we identified 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. Paroxysmal meant that it comes on suddenly often in short durations. This gets triggered by certain positions of the head.
The Physio provided treatment that involved specific head movements. For example, Epley’s manoeuvre to shift the particles in her ears. After a couple of Physio treatments, Sarah* is no longer experiencing episodes of vertigo. She 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.