Vertigo is a leading cause of injury and falls, particularly in the elderly population. Around half of all vertigo (feeling like the room is spinning) cases are due to a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV. Many patients are given a diagnosis of simply ‘vertigo’, although this is technically a symptom, not a disease on it’s own.
Treatment for BPPV involves moving a person’s head through different positions, in order to reposition small crystals in the inner ear, which are the cause of the vertigo when a person moves their head into different positions. This is called the Epley Manoeuvre. Treatment takes around 10 minutes, and is often successful after a single session.
We also treat other causes of vertigo and offer vestibular (inner ear) rehabilitation. Chiropractors Brett, Simon and Verity all have an interest, extra training and are experienced in treating vertigo, as is neurological physiotherapis Sarah Steinfort of Neurolife Physiotherapy (see more about Sarah and Neurolife under “Neurological Physiotherapy” in our services section).