Vestibular Physiotherapy & Dizziness Rehabilitation in Kalgoorlie
Vestibular physiotherapy is one of the treatment plans being offered by Goldfields Physio to manage vertigo.
Vertigo is a type of dizziness that causes a sensation of spinning, swaying or tilting. The symptoms often get worse with a change in position. Dizziness is a symptom rather than a disease and can cause light-headedness, sensations of feeling unsteady and being off-balance or faint. People suffering from vertigo or dizziness may also feel nauseated, suffer from headaches, have ringing in their ears, sweating or a loss of coordination.
There are three main types of vertigo and dizziness that a vestibular physiotherapist can help with. These include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis and cervical (neck-related) vertigo.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo – Vertigo, one of the more commonly diagnosed vestibular disorders. It’s often the result of an inner ear problem called BPPV. This happens when small calcium particles come loose from where they’re normally held: in a fixed position in the inner ear. These particles move around where they should not be moving: in the semicircular canals.These canals control your balance and give you positional orientation. This affects signals sent from the inner ear to the brain, resulting in vestibular symptoms.
Vestibular Neuritis – Also in the inner ear is a condition called vestibular neuritis, also known as a vestibulopathy. This inner ear condition goes by many names but it is essentially just an irritation to the nerve that is responsible for bringing information between your inner ear to your brain. This information is what maintains your sense of balance.This condition can occur without warning and may or may not be caused by a recent viral illness.
Your general practitioner can provide acute management through medication to calm the sensitivity of your nerve condition. After a few weeks, this medication should be discontinued. As an after-treatment, your physiotherapist can design a physical therapy program that involves retraining your balance to compensate for the nerve injury. This will help correct your nervous system.
Cervical Dizziness – Cervical (neck) dizziness is a condition which is seen in some individuals when they develop stiffness and dysfunction in the upper neck. Some patients may not even complain of neck stiffness or pain, they may just complain of the dizziness. Manual treatment to the neck region as well as correction of any ergonomic, postural dysfunction or muscle weakness will usually assist with this condition
Our vestibular physiotherapists will utilise a variety of assessments to determine the nature of your dizziness or vertigo. Once our vestibular physiotherapists have reached a diagnosis, an individualised treatment plan will be developed tailored to your needs and appropriate treatment and a home exercise program will be provided to help you achieve your goals as quickly as possible.