Vestibular Rehabilitation for BPPV, Vertigo, Dizziness in Vancouver
Dizziness and balance problems affect approximately 50% of all adults at some time. They account for up to 10% of all physician visits.
Dizziness is the number 1 reason for physician visits by people over the age of 65. Greater than 20% of people older than 60 years have current dizziness. It is associated with falls, fear of falling and loss of independence.
One of the difficulties in managing dizziness is that the term is often used interchangeably to describe a variety of sensations: vertigo, light-headedness, spinning, unsteadiness, nausea, “a bit off’, “something’s not quite right”, dizziness itself.
Vestibular Rehabilitation is:
The 2 most common causes of Dizziness that respond well to physio are:
What is BPPV?
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) causes short episodes of mild to intense dizziness (vertigo) when you move your head in certain directions. Symptoms are triggered by specific changes in the position of your head, such as tipping your head up or down, and by lying down, turning over or sitting up in bed. You may also feel out of balance when standing or walking.
Although benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can be a bothersome problem, it’s rarely serious except when it increases the chance of falls. You can receive effective treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo during a physio treatment.
A simple treatment of moving the head into various positions over a few minutes can cure the condition in many cases. This treatment uses gravity to move tiny fragments away from where it is causing problems. The technique is done in the clinic by the physiotherapist and follow-up home exercises are prescribed. Note: following BPPV treatment in the clinic, the patient requires a friend or family member to drive them home.
If you have questions or concerns about this in terms of your own health, please ask your physiotherapist at your next visit to Dunbar Physio.
Some further reading on BPPV…