What is BPPV?
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common form of vertigo, giving you a false sense of spinning when the head is moved or turned. It usually occurs when turning the head and rolling over in bed. It is caused by a disturbance in the inner ear, giving the brain false signals of movement.
One of our physiotherapists is available to treat Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) which results in vertigo or dizziness and potentially nausea with change of direction of the head.
BPPV can be very debilitating and patients will often be driven to treatment by somebody else. Our physiotherapist will assess which inner ear is involved and treat you accordingly, usually with a series of quick movements of the head and the body to re-distribute the fluid in the semicircular canals of the inner ear. During your treatment your nausea may increase and occasionally will induce vomiting, but not to worry, we are prepared if this does occur.
It is recommended that following treatment for BPPV you sleep in a 45 degree upright position for a few nights as to not undo your treatment. It may take more than one session to clear your symptoms and you will be given a home exercise maneuver to complement your treatment.