Dizziness or vertigo management | Leah Ferrari

Dizziness or Vertigo

How to manage dizziness or vertigo.

Mallee Physio often see people following a referral for the management of dizziness or vertigo and the majority of clients are surprised to learn that physiotherapists can help with this problem – especially if the symptoms are triggered or made worse by movement.

Dizziness is a general term that people use to describe sensations such as light-headedness, giddiness, fogginess or unsteadiness.

What are some causes for dizziness?

There are a number of potential causes for dizziness such as cardiovascular conditions, infection, neurological conditions, metabolic or endocrine conditions as well as musculoskeletal conditions so it is important to also consult your GP if symptoms are changing or severe but research has shown that at least 50% of cases of dizziness are caused by vestibular disorders.

The difference

Vertigo is easier to distinguish than dizziness and is described by a sensation of the room or environment spinning. It is almost always a result of problems within the inner ear (vestibular system).

How can physio help dizziness or vertigo?

Following an assessment of your condition you will be provided with one or more of the following treatments:

  • Habituation exercises – a series of gentle movements designed to stimulate your symptoms in order to desensitise the vestibular system
  • Eye-head coordination exercises – to improve focus and reduce symptoms
  • Balance and gait exercises – these exercises challenge and strengthen the vestibular system, improving balance and confidence when walking
  • Re-positioning techniques – performed by the physiotherapist for specific vestibular conditions such as BPPV.

How long will it take to not feel “dizzy”?

Most clients notice a significant improvement in symptoms within 3-4 weeks of commencing their exercise program however it can take up to 6 weeks in more severe cases.

Many people are suffering from dizziness or vertigo and have been told “you’ll just have to learn to live with it”, rest assured that physiotherapy may just be the right option!

Leah Ferarri

B. Physiotherapy APAM.