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3 Ways To Fix Vertigo With Physiotherapy


Physiotherapy Treatment for Vertigo

Does rolling over in bed make the room spin? Does looking up or down send you spinning? It might be vertigo – and the good news is physiotherapy can help!

Take Mrs. Bertozzi for example…She complained of spinning vertigo. During the assessment, it appeared that she had similar symptom for a while but to a lesser degree. This time around was really making her feel awful and decided to reach out for help.

After the assessment, we started treatment for vertigo and her symptoms were corrected in three appointments.

vertigo treatment

What is Vertigo?

By definition, vertigo or vestibular disorder is the feeling of uncontrolled spinning. Feeling lightheaded or dizzy is different from spinning vertigo. Most often, vertigo is coming from your inner ear and is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Frequently, small crystals become dislodged in your inner ear, causing the inner ear to send incorrect information to the brain, creating vertigo.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) as mentioned above is an inner-ear disorder that often cause vertigo. It’s like going on the worse roller-coaster where you feel dizzy and lose your balance after coming out of it.

This is how we can describe each part of this condition:

  • Benign means it’s not very serious. Your life is not in danger.
  • Paroxysmal means that it hits suddenly, lasts a short time, and comes and goes.
  • Positional means you trigger the vertigo with certain postures or movements of your head.
  • Vertigo, as explained.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

The Top 3 Treatments for Vertigo

1. Epley’s Maneuver

If you tried the Dix-Hallpike and felt spinning on one side, the Epley’s maneuver is likely the right exercise to treat vertigo you’re looking for. If your right Dix-Hallpike was positive, you’re going to do the Epley's maneuver with your neck starting to the right.

Follow these easy steps:

  • Start sitting on the bed with your head turned 45* to the right. Place a pillow behind you so that it’s between your shoulder when you lay down.
  • Lie back quickly with your head still turned to the side and your head tipped back about 30* from the pillow. Wait until all vertigo stops, then another minute.
  • Turn your head slowly 90* to the left. Wait until all vertigo stops, plus another minute.
  • Roll your head another 90* to the left so that you’re lying on your left side, looking down towards the floor. Wait for all vertigo to stop, plus another minute.
  • Sit up slowly from lying on the left side while looking over your shoulder.v
Epley’s Maneuver

2. BBQ Roll

If you tried the Head Roll Test and felt spinning, the BBQ Roll is probably your treatment for Vertigo. When your left Head Roll test was positive, you’re going to turn to your right during the BBQ Roll.

Follow these easy steps:

  • Start lying on your back with a pillow behind your head.
  • Roll onto your left side, making a 90* turn. Wait for any vertigo to stop.
  • Roll back onto your back, now looking up to the ceiling. Wait for any vertigo to stop.
  • Roll onto your left side, making another 90* turn. Wait for any vertigo to stop.
  • Roll onto your stomach, propping your fists under your chin to tip your head down. Wait for any vertigo to stop.
  • Still turning to your right, roll onto your left side. Once any vertigo has stopped, sit up from lying on your left.

3. Brandt-Daroff Exercise

Here’s what you need to do for this exercise:

  • Start in an upright, seated position on your bed.
  • Tilt your head around a 45-degree angle away from the side causing your vertigo. Move into the lying position on one side with your nose pointed up.
  • Stay in this position for about 30 seconds or until the vertigo eases off, whichever is longer. Then move back to the seated position.
  • Repeat on the other side.

You should do these movements from three to five times in a session. You should have three sessions a day for up to 2 weeks, or until the vertigo is gone for 2 days.

What if These Treatments for Vertigo Didn’t Correct my Problem?

Did a few of the assessment positions make the room spin? Having a hard time figuring out which exercise to treat vertigo is right for you? Here’s where some 1-on-1 time with a qualified physiotherapist is key. Treatment techniques for vertigo are usually very successful, only needing 1 or 2 sessions. The trick is figuring out which vertigo exercise is right for you.

If you wish to speak with an expert in vertigo treatment, contact us at our clinic in Burlington. We offer 15 minutes free consultation which allow time to talk to one of our professional physiotherapists at Pillars of Wellness.

We are located at 100 Plains Road West, Burlington Ontario.


1What causes vertigo?

Vertigo most often has an unknown cause (35% of incidents). However, it can also be caused by:

  • Head trauma
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Ear surgeries
2How long it takes to get better?

It depends but generally speaking, you get better after a couple of sessions.

3Who can treat vertigo?

Generally speaking, a trained physiotherapist or a medical doctor.

Laurent Pinci
Laurent Pinci
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