Don’t let vertigo and dizziness ruin your life – Our treatment may help fix the causes!

Vertigo and dizziness can be devastating, and left untreated can lead to a host of problems. We focus on the diagnosis and treatment of vertigo and balance disorders, finding the cause to offer sufferers a way out of this disturbing condition. Watch this short video by Dr Matthew Holmes, Chiropractor to find out more.

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Most people who come to see us want to know more about the causes and treatment of vertigo and dizziness. So we’ll start with a little background information.

Your balance is a complex thing.

It is an amazing feat that we can stand upright. It all depends on the complex interaction of your body systems.

The way it works is this: to keep our balance we depend on three body systems. The inner ear system (vestibular), the sensation from your body (the proprioceptive system), and your sense of sight (visual system).

These systems send information into areas of our brains called the brain stem, the cerebellum and areas of our cerebral cortex. These areas use the information the systems bring in to produce a sense of balance.

The Ear Balance System. Picture: JACOPIN – SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY www.sciencephoto.com

What causes it to go wrong?

With vertigo and dizziness problems you can either have a problem with the information that is coming in, a “peripheral” problem, or a problem with the interpretation of the information that has come in by the brain, a “central” problem. Or more commonly some combination of the two.

Some examples of peripheral problems affecting the vestibular system include Meniere’s disease, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), perilymphatic fistulas or viral labyrithitis. These conditions all muck up the signals going into the brain, by either increasing or decreasing the signals going into the brain.

See the vestibular system works by comparing the signals from each ear. When I turn my head to the right, the signals from my right ear increase and the ones from the left ear decrease. This lets my brain know I have turned my head to the right. If I have a problem in the right ear that is increasing the signals coming from it, then my brain will think I am moving to the right when I am actually sitting still. This produces the feeling of vertigo or dizziness. When someone comes is with a peripheral problem, it is important that I identify what the cause of the imbalanced signals is, and then remove it as much as possible.

Vertigo is a deeply disturbing and disorientating condition for sufferers.

Central Problems.

Central problems happen when the brain isn’t interpreting the incoming signals properly. This may happen when there is a peripheral problem as well and the brain can’t compensate properly for the faulty signals. Or it maybe when there is some other problem going on in the brain such as a stroke, tumour or functional problem. The important thing at this stage is to identify what the central problem is due to and correct it as fully as possible.

If you have been given medications such as stematil for your symptoms, be careful. It can actually slow down the brain’s ability to compensate. Because of prescribing laws I can’t tell you not to take medication you have been prescribed, but it has been shown that taking medication can show down the body’s ability to recover from vertigo (Herdman 2008). I would strongly recommend identifying the cause of the problem and treating it rather than relying on medication.

The treatment of vertigo and dizziness.

The exact treatment varies according to the specific problem that you have – that’s why it is so important to identify the cause or causes. For BPPV I can perform the Epley manoeuvre, a treatment that is usually very successful and leads to quick resolution of your symptoms. For conditions such as Meniere’s I need to stabilise your system so it can cope better with the disease process. This I can do with a series of specific exercises tailored to you.

Central problems can be more complex, but with retraining of your brain I can help you regain your life in the majority of cases.

The key is this - Don’t just wait and see. The quicker you seek help, the easier it is for me to fix your problem. Call me now on 03 9435 2887 and we’ll schedule you a time to get assessed.

Call 03 9435 2887 now to Book an Appointment , and start getting your life back!

 

References.

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BahadIr, C., D. Diraçoglu, et al. (2009). “Efficacy of canalith repositioning maneuvers for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.” Clinical Chiropractic 12(3): 95-100.

Herdman, S., Ed. (2007). Vestibular Rehabilitation. Philadelphia F A Davis Company.

Hillier, S. L. and V. Hollohan (2007). “Vestibular rehabilitation for unilateral peripheral vestibular dysfunction.” Cochrane Database Syst Rev(4): CD005397.

Hilton, M. and D. Pinder (2004). “The Epley (canalith repositioning) manoeuvre for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.” Cochrane Database Syst Rev(2): CD003162.

Jung, J. Y., J. S. Kim, et al. (2009). “Effect of vestibular rehabilitation on dizziness in the elderly.” Am J Otolaryngol 30(5): 295-9.

Medeiros, I. R., R. S. Bittar, et al. (2005). “Vestibular rehabilitation therapy in children.” Otol Neurotol 26(4): 699-703.

Smith, P. F., Y. Zheng, et al. (2005). “Does vestibular damage cause cognitive dysfunction in humans?” J Vestib Res 15(1): 1-9.

Zeigelboim, B. S., K. F. Klagenberg, et al. (2009). “Vestibular rehabilitation: clinical benefits to patients with Parkinson’s disease.” Arq Neuropsiquiatr 67(2A): 219-23.

 

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