Why am I dizzy?
There are several factors that can cause dizziness some of these are listed below:
- Problems with the vestibular system (BPPV, Neuronitis / Labyrinthitis, acoustic neuroma)
- Neurological conditions
- Vestibular migraines
- Side effects to medication
- Postural hypotension (Blood pressure dropping when standing up)
- Cardiac conditions
What is the Vestibular system?
The vestibular system is a sensory system located in the inner ear, responsible for providing our brain with information about motion, head position and spatial orientation. Disruption of the vestibular system can cause symptoms such as vertigo, loss of balance and nausea. These symptoms can range in severity.
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise-based programme to encourage the nervous system to compensate for problems in the inner ear. Following a thorough examination, a specialist Physiotherapist will develop a personalised home exercise programme for you.
The management plan may include:
· Eye and head movement exercises.
· Exercises to improve standing balance and walking.
· Specific techniques to reposition crystals in the inner ear which cause dizziness in BPPV.
· Education and advice on activities of daily living to improve confidence & function.
· Advice on falls reduction and prevention.