What is BPPV (Vertigo)?
Benign Paraoxysmal Positional Vertigo, also known as, BPPV or Vertigo is a sensation of spinning/dizziness. This sensation can be experienced in two ways, either the feeling of you spinning or that the world is spinning around you.
What Causes Vertigo?
BPPV occurs when small Calcium crystals, called Canaliths, in the inner ear dislodge from their position and float through the semicircular canals of the inner ear. The inner ear is responsible for sending signals to the brain in regards to head position, which in turn aids in balance. If these crystals dislodge from their original position, these signals may be disrupted and the true position of your head may be misinterpreted by the brain and cause dizziness.
What daily activities can be difficult with Vertigo?
People with BPPV may struggle with simple daily activities such as brushing their hair, hanging out washing and as simple as closing their eyes for an extended period of time.
How can Vertigo be treated?
BPPV can be treated through a range of physical techniques. One of the most popular and effective ways of treating BPPV is using Epley’s Maneuver. With the use of Epley’s Maneuver, Vertigo sufferers should see improvement in their symptoms within the first two or three sessions and with majority of symptoms absent within six treatments.
To coincide with treatment, home exercises may be prescribed to assist with treatment and help ease symptoms.