How do you get rid of vertigo and dizziness?
Vertigo can limit a person’s activities and make them feel sick. Thankfully, exercise-based treatments have been found to be highly effective
Vertigo is defined as an illusion of movement in the room, most often experienced as the sensation of the room spinning. There are many different types of vertigo, but the most common is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (also known as BPPV). BPPV is an inner ear problem that can cause symptoms of dizziness, intense spells of spinning, and nausea. This type of vertigo is usually treated and resolved within 1 to 3 sessions with a physiotherapist, using repositioning and strengthening manoeuvers and other specialized treatments. There is no proven way to stop or prevent vertigo from happening or returning, but it is treatable with a high success rate.
What does vertigo feel like?
Those who experience vertigo often describe it as the sensation of the room spinning around them or that they are spinning. People with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (also known as BPPV) experience symptoms such as:
- Triggered spells of spinning
- Loss of balance
What causes vertigo?
Vertigo is caused by calcium carbonate crystals called otoconia that live in your inner ears. When these tiny crystals get dislodged from their normal resting place and move through your inner ear’s semicircular canals, it sends powerful signals to the brain that you are violently spinning, even though you’re not.
Vertigo is triggered by movement and can arise from common day-to-day movements such as:
- Looking over your shoulder
- Bending over
- Rolling over in bed
- Sudden head movements