Dizziness and Vertigo

Dizziness and vertigo can have a variety of different causes. Your brain takes in a lot of information to help you figure out where your body is in space. This information comes from your vision, your inner ear, the sensation under your feet and little receptors in your muscles that feel how your muscles are moving. If some of these systems are not working well, your brain is getting wrongful information, and the result is usually dizziness and vertigo. 

Scroll down to learn about what types of treatments you should be looking for, what physicians often don't have time to talk about, how our services might be helpful, and other services that can help you get rid of your dizziness and vertigo. ​We are here to help you. Let's do this together!

What is Dizziness and Vertigo?

When your brain receives the wrong information from your vision, your inner ear, or other systems that help with balance, it gets confused as to where your body is in space. There are several causes for dizziness, but it all comes down to your brain's ability to understand the information that is coming in.

Common causes of dizziness and vertigo include:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

  • Side effects of medications

  • Head Injury, like concussion

  • Neck injury

  • Vertebral Artery Occlusion

  • Poor nutrition

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Types of Treatments

Physiotherapy

It can be difficult to identify where dizziness is coming from. A physiotherapist is trained to test certain causes. This can be helpful to your physician while making a diagnosis. A physiotherapist can also provide treatment to help improve your symptoms, depending on what the cause is.

 

Physiotherapy can help identify the cause of the problem and provide treatment to help you get rid of your dizziness or vertigo. It is never too early or too late to receive treatment for your symptoms and get back to a normal life.

When we can identify the cause of the dizziness, the treatment is usually quick. You should feel some relief after the first few treatments. Your physiotherapist should show you some exercises to make sure that the dizziness and vertigo keeps improving, and doesn't come back!

Exercises

There are usually no long-term exercises associated with treatment of dizziness and vertigo. Your physiotherapist will likely show you some techniques that you should keep in mind if your dizziness or vertigo ever come back.

Frequency

With dizziness, it is better to rectify the problem as soon as possible. Otherwise your brain will start to think that being dizzy is normal.​ For this reason, our treatment plans are designed with visits 1 to 2 times per week. 

Duration

The length of treatment has two components. First, the type of session, and second, the total length of the treatment plan.

There are two types of sessions to choose from: regular treatment and complex treatment. People with dizziness and vertigo usually benefit from regular treatment sessions, that focus on only one problem. If you are experiencing several symptoms, we might suggest a complex treatment session, to address all symptoms at once.

For certain causes, it only takes 1 or 2 sessions to fix the cause of your problem. If your symptoms persist, it might take up to 4 weeks to help you get rid of them completely. You  may not need to complete the 4 weeks, depending on your body's reaction to the treatment. 

The duration of your treatment will be discussed with your physiotherapist on the day of your initial assessment. Depending on what the findings are, and what your goals are, you will talk about what type of treatment session is most appropriate and how many weeks you should start with. 

Last Modified September 2019