Article by Shane Armfield
What is Vestibular Physiotherapy?
Vestibular physiotherapy addresses problems with your "Vestibular System". Your vestibular system commonly causes symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, spinning, nausea and vomiting, light headedness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), double-vision, or impaired balance.
What is the Vestibular System?
The vestibular system contributes to your balance and sense of spatial orientation. Your vestibular system comprises of two components:
- Semicircular canal system, which detects rotational movements
- Otoliths, which indicate linear accelerations.
The vestibular system sends signals primarily to your brainstem and neural structures that control eye movements, and your balance mechanisms. Your vestibular system is located in your inner ear.
Vertigo or Dizziness?
Common Causes of Vertigo & Dizziness
- BPPV - Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
- Inflammation in the inner ear
- Meniere's disease
- Neck joint dysfunction
- Vestibular migraine
- Vestibular neuritis
- Acoustic neuroma
- Rarely, vertigo can be a symptom of a more serious neurological problem such as a stroke or brain haemorrhage.
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