What is BPPV?
Benign positional paroxysmal vertigo, or BPPV, is an extremely common condition that affects many people. Symptoms include episodes of a severe spinning sensation, that can lead to nausea and vomiting, and often prevents the individual from moving or resting in particular positions. This condition arises from a small, calcified, loose crystal that moves about in the inner ear, upsetting the body's equilibrium and balance. It is often not known what causes this to develop. Episodes of spinning and nausea are usually triggered by a change in position towards the affected side, such as rolling onto the affect side, or turning towards the affected side (for example, checking your blind spot, which can be extremely dangerous!). It is best not to drive whilst experiencing these symptoms.
How can physiotherapy help?
At The Physio Rooms Woodvale, our practitioners are trained and experienced at both assessing and diagnosing BPPV, as well as implementing treatment techniques. The most common procedure used to treat BPPV is "Epley maneuver" - a manoeuvre that quickly repositions the head and assists in relocating the loose crystal. This can see results instantly, or after several sessions if particularly severe.
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