What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is the sensation of spinning—even when you’re not moving.   You might feel like you’re moving or that the room is moving around you. Most causes of vertigo involve the inner ear, which is also known as your vestibular system.  Other symptoms you might have include: nausea, vomiting, increased sweating or abnormal eye movements.

One of the most common forms of vertigo is called BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), which is an inner-ear problem that causes dizziness with head movements in a certain position. This can be treated with specific treatments done by your physiotherapist. 


What to expect when seeing a physiotherapist for Vertigo?

Physiotherapy treatments for dizziness can vary depending on the cause. Possible types of exercise may include balance activities, exercises to improve your vision and ability to focus and exercises to help the brain “correct” differences between your inner ears.

Goals of Physiotherapy Treatment

Goals for vestibular rehabilitation include:

  • Improving complaints of visual disturbance with head movement
  • Improving static and dynamic balance,
  • Decreasing fall risk,
  • Reducing general complaints of dizziness
  • Resolving positional vertigo, Increasing participation in functional and social activities
  • Improving overall fitness

If you have any questions or would like to book in to see one of our physiotherapists, please do not hesitate to contact Get Active Physiotherapy on 1300 8 9 10 11 or email us at

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