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, lightheadedness, 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 is comprised 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?
They do differ slightly. Please view the links below for more information.
Vertigo & Dizziness
- What is Vertigo?
- What is Dizziness?
- BPPV - Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
- Meniere's disease
- Neck dizziness (cervicogenic dizziness)
- Inflammation in the inner ear
- A 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.
Due to the complex diagnostic skills required to accurately diagnose the cause of your vertigo or dizziness, we highly recommend seeking the professional opinion of a healthcare practitioner with a special interest in, or expertise in the assessment and management of vestibular disorders.
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