04 Jul BPPV
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV has been found to be the most common cause of vertigo in adults, accounting for up to 60% of emergency hospital visits for dizziness. This debilitating condition has the following classical signs (although variations exist);
Short term vertigo or dizziness, typically less than 30 seconds.
Attacks are bought on by head movement. Often associated with rolling over in bed.
The vertigo is severe and can lead to vomiting.
Fortunately Chiropractor Dr Hansen has under gone further studies beyond the 5 year Chiropractic degree into the field of balance, vertigo and BPPV to understand what makes us feel unsteady.
Your inner ears contain hoops called semi circular canals that are filled with liquid and at the base of the hoops is an area called the Ampulla. The Ampulla contains fine hair cells with a crystal at the end. When you move around, the liquid shifts, causing the hair cells to wave back and forth like seaweed in a current.
The movement of the hair cells sends electrical signals down you nerves and into your brain, which then processes the information to figure out how you just moved
In BPPV the crystals at the end of the hair cells break loose and band the hair cells around. So instead of a gentle current moving your hair cells you get rocks hammering away at them! This causes a massive amount of electrical signals to travel back to you brain which then gets fooled into thinking your falling or spinning around really fast when all you did was tilt your head!
Thankfully the treatment for BPPV takes only a few minutes and has an 80% chance of a complete recovery after one visit! The treatment is called the ‘Epleys Manoeuvre’. This manoeuvre helps to move the crystals out of the way so they no longer bang on your poor ear cells.
If you of anyone you know suffers from BPPV, dizziness or vertigo please contact us via the button below or on (02) 9817 6611 to speak to Dr Hansen.
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