Vertigo. Why do I think I'm Spinning and How Physiotherapy Can Help.

Vertigo is a a condition commonly characterized by dizziness or the sensation of objects spinning around you. 

By far the most common type of vertigo is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) which is a problem with the inner ear. In this condition intense short periods of dizziness are associated with changes to the position of the head. This is due to calcium deposits, that are dislodged from the inner ear, blocking the flow of fluid through the semicircular canals in the inner ear. The normal flow of fluid in the canals is responsible for balance, and when this flow is disrupted, dizziness and the sensation of the room spinning happens. 



Although movement of the head causes dizziness, physiotherapist have techniques where the fast and specific movement of the head is used to quickly move the fluid through the canals and unblock the calcium deposits. 

There are several techniques used but the most common are:

  • Elpey Maneuver
  • Dix Hallpike Maneuver
  • Brandt Daroff
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It is important to consult with a physiotherapist with advanced training on dealing with vertigo or vestibular issues. Specialized testing of balance issues is important to rule out other causes of vertigo and get a treatment that is tailored to the patient. Physiofocus Walnut Grove is fortunate to have Physiotherapist Rosanne Molnar on our team who has a specialization in this area. 

Check out or call 604 881 2002 for more information on Rosanne and how you can book to get rid of your issues with vertigo or any other aches and pain you may have. 

Have a great day.