Benign Paroxysmal and Positional Vertigo (BPPV) at St Paul’s Physio
What is BPPV and relating symptoms?
BPPV is the most common type of vertigo. BPPV is a disorder that arises due to a dysfunction of the inner ear. The floating calcium carbonate crystals known as otoconia disrupt the flow of fluid in the semi-circular canal.
Typical symptoms are of a spinning sensation- for example whilst turning in bed. These last about 20-30 seconds.
Diagnosis is made using the Dix-hallpike manoeuvre.
What does treatment involve?
This treatment is provided by Arti Shah, a highly experienced physiotherapist who specialises in treating BPPV and headaches.
Particles are re positioned using techniques including the Epley manoeuvre or Brandt-daroff exercises.
Therapists carrying out these manoeuvres must be fully trained as inappropriate positioning can cause a worsening of the symptoms. The re-positioning techniques allow the otoconia to leave the semi-circular canals and enter the utricles again.
What outcomes should I expect from treatment?
If you suffer from true BPPV, than these techniques have shown to be successful in treating this condition in 8/10 people within one treatment session.