Vertigo Rehabilitation with Physiotherapy

Vestibular rehabilitation, a specialized branch of physiotherapy, can be essential in improving the lives of patients with balance issues and dizziness.

In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at what vestibular rehabilitation entails and how physiotherapy plays an important role in restoring equilibrium. One of the most important areas of vestibular rehabilitation is in the treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

Understanding (BPPV)

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is a common vestibular disorder that can turn simple movements like turning over in bed or tilting the head into a dizzying experience. It occurs when, known as otoconia or ear rocks, become dislodged from their usual position in the inner ear and migrate into the semicircular canals.

How can physiotherapy help?

  1. Repositioning Maneuvers: One of the hallmark interventions in treating BPPV through physiotherapy is the use of canalith repositioning maneuvers.
    The Epley maneuver, for example, involves a series of carefully guided head and body movements to reposition the displaced ear rocks, providing rapid relief from vertigo. These maneuvers are often performed in-office by a physiotherapist but can also be taught for at-home management.

  2. Patient Education: Understanding BPPV and its triggers is a crucial aspect of its management.
    Physiotherapists play a key role in educating individuals about the nature of BPPV, teaching them to recognize certain movements that may provoke symptoms, and providing guidance on how to manage these situations effectively.

  3. Home Exercises: Physiotherapy for BPPV often includes a set of home exercises to reinforce the effects of in-office maneuvers and promote the long-term stability of ear rocks.
    These exercises are designed to prevent the recurrence of BPPV episodes and empower individuals to take an active role in managing their condition.

If you are suffering from dizziness or have been diagnosed with vertigo it may be beneficial to reach out to a vestibular physiotherapist to help diagnose and treat the issue.

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