Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy and BPPV

Have you ever felt the space around you spin uncontrollably?  Have you had difficulty with balance and walking because of dizziness?  If so, vestibular therapy may be the right path for you.  As your physician will tell you, there are multiple causes of vertigo. It can be caused by something as simple as an ear infection or may be more complex.

One of the most common problems is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which is caused by tiny calcium crystals, or otoconia, which may clump in the inner ear canals.  When these otoconia become displaced it can send a false sense of movement to our brain, resulting in vertigo.  Fortunately, there are a series of maneuvers which can help realign the particles in the proper place and provide relief from the vertigo.

Having recently experienced a bout of vertigo, I was especially thankful  I work for a physical therapist who specializes in vestibular therapy.  Stacey Batson, DPT, explained how BPPV impacts feelings of motion and was able to guide me through a series of exercises and head movements designed to help alleviate the symptoms of vertigo.

So if you are experiencing recurrent symptoms of vertigo, ask your doctor about the benefits of vestibular therapy.  You will be glad you did!

For more information on Vestibular disorders, check out this website: http://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder/treatment/treatment-detail-page

Submitted by Linda Wallace