BPPV – Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

How does BPPV affect people & how does VRT help?

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is a form of physiotherapy used to treat many conditions that cause dizziness & balance problems. VRT is safe and effective and doesn’t involve medication.
When changing position, such as getting up from bed, people who have BPPV will feel like they are spinning or the room around them is turning. This feeling is known as “Vertigo”.

The spinning usually lasts for less than a minute. But afterwards the feeling of dizziness or being off balance can last for much longer.

One of the jobs of your inner ear is to tell you how you are moving. This is done by your Vestibular System, using sensory organs called “Semi-circular Canals”.

In people who have BPPV, very small crystals accidentally drop into one of the semi-circular canals. These crystals are called “Otoconia”. This makes the person feel like they are moving when they are not.

A physiotherapist certified in VRT will do special tests (i.e. the “Roll Maneuver” or the “Dix-Hallpike Maneuver,” seen below):

This helps them to find out which canal the Otoconia are in. Using this information, they will then perform the right head movements to get the Otoconia to drop out.

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This information is not provided to self-diagnose. Dizziness comes from many sources. It is therefore very IMPORTANT that you also consult your doctor.