Dizziness Is Frustrating, Here’s What You Can Do About It
Dizziness is a frustrating problem and can often impact your daily activities. There can be many causes of dizziness including medications, high or low blood pressure, ear problems, and dizziness from neck problems. Another common cause of dizziness comes from something called BPPV, which stands for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. This type of dizziness is easily treated by physical therapists and usually responds in only a few visits.
BPPV occurs when the crystals that reside in an area of the ear called the otoliths escape into the semicircular canals. The semicircular canals are responsible for sending messages to your brain regarding the motion of the head and coordinating head movement with eye movement. When the crystals move into one of the semicircular canals, the brain receives an altered message from that canal and perceives these mixed messages as dizziness. This often occurs when rolling over in bed, turning your head, or changing positions.
A physical therapist that is trained in vestibular treatment can assess the cause of the dizziness and if tests indicate BPPV, physical therapy techniques can resolve these symptoms. If you are having dizziness or spinning sensations with changes of position, consult with a trained vestibular physical therapist who can treat this problem and eliminate your dizziness.