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Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation

Vertigo (Dizziness)

Vertigo (Dizziness)

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a sub-type of dizziness that results from an imbalance in the vestibular system.  It is often described as an illusion of movement, such as a rotating or spinning feeling and can often be associated with a sense of imbalance.

Vertigo can occur for many reasons but most commonly it is due to loose crystals in the ear that cause BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo).

Benign – it is not life threatening

Paroxysmal – it comes in sudden, brief spells

Positional – it gets triggered by certain head positions or movements

Vertigo – a false sense of rotational movement

BPPV is fairly common, with an estimated lifetime prevalence of 2.4%.  It is thought to be rare in children but can affect adults at any age, especially seniors.  The vast majority of cases occur for no apparent reason, with many people describing that they simply went to get out of bed and the room started to spin.


Causes of Vertigo May Include:

  • Benign Paroxsysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular Neuritis (inflammation of the vestibular nerve)
  • Meniere's Syndrome
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Dysfunction in the cervical spine
  • Vascular/circulatory impairment
  • Inner ear infections
  • Central nervous system issues
  • Migraines

How Can Donna Sarna Physiotherapy Help?

At Donna Sarna Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, a vestibular assessment will help to determine the cause of your vertigo.  The initial appointment will begin with a detailed history, followed by a physical assessment.  The physiotherapist will examine movement and posture of the eyes and neck before proceeding with the best option for treatment to reduce your vertigo symptoms.

An individualized treatment plan will be developed based on the assessment findings and may include using the Epley manoeuvre, myofascial release, cranial sacral therapy, manual therapy techniques to the neck, education and exercise for posture, balance and gaze adaptation.

If possible, we request that you have someone bring you to and from your appointments as the sessions may aggravate your symptoms.