Do You Suffer From Dizziness (Vertigo)?
Vertigo is the feeling of being off balance. It can manifest as dizziness, either as your head spinning or the room spinning around you. Dizziness has numerous causes but did you know that disturbances in the vestibular system (present inside the inner ear) can also cause dizziness? Lets explore more about dizziness in this blog. 

The 4 symptoms that indicate your dizziness is caused by a disturbance in the vestibular apparatus (inner ear) are given below: 
  • Your dizziness is increased by moving your head in different directions.
  • The dizziness with head movement is accompanied by involuntary rapid flickering of the eyeballs in a certain direction. This is called nystagmus and its direction may change or stop with certain movements of the head. 
  •  You may experience disturbance in balance either at the time of the dizziness or later on as well.
  • Dizziness maybe accompanied by nausea and vomiting. 
There are four types of inner ear problems that can cause vertigo:
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular neuronitis
  • Meniere’s disease
Watch this video for details of these conditions:

Therse are some specialised exercises that can be done to assess these conditions and treatment can be done accordingly:
  • Habituation exercises - getting used to the aggravating positions/ movements
  • Gaze stability exercises - practice movements of the  your head while keeping your eyes focused on a specific point
  • Balance and gait training - training static and dynamic balance 
  • Shoulder/ cervical exercises 
These exercises will help to:
  • Reduce the symptoms of vertigo and dizziness
  • Reduce the symptoms of nausea and vomiting
  • Improve mobility and balance
  • Reduce the risk of falls
  • Enable patients to return to pre-dizziness levels of activity 
  • Improve quality of life.
If you are not sure if your dizziness is caused by problems in the inner ear, HERE is a free guide on “What is the cause of your dizziness”
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