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Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

BBPV is the most common cause of Vertigo – a sudden sensation that the world is spinning. This leads to other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting, loss of balance and unsteadiness.

The Ear’s Role

Inside the ear is a tiny organ called the Vestibular Labyrinth. It includes three loop-shapes structures (semi-circular canals), that contain fluid and fine, hairlike sensors that monitor the head’s rotation, allowing you to know which way is up, down, left and right.

Other structures (Otolith organs) in the ear, monitor the head’s movements – up and down, right and left, back and forth – and the head’s position related to gravity. The Otolith organs contain crystals that are sensitive to gravity.

For many reasons, these crystals can become dislodged (BPPV). When they do, they can move into one of the semi-circular canals – especially when lying down. This causes the semi-circular canal to become sensitive to head position changes it would normally not respond to, which is what makes you feel dizzy.

BPPV can cause brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness and is usually triggered with specific movements of the head. Abnormal rhythmic eye movements usually accompany BPPV.

How can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapists are trained to identify and diagnose specific headaches, especially BPPV. There are treatments that physiotherapists are specifically trained in to treat and manage BPPV.

Call Manjimup Physiotherapy on 9777 1048 for help with this condition. All covid-19 protocols are in place.

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