What are Vestibular disorders?

The Vestibular System is a three-dimensional spirit level that orientates us to the environment and sends messages to the brain, via the vestibular nerve, about head and eye movements.

There are many reasons why someone may suffer from a vestibular disorder. It may occur following a virus, an infection or a heavy hit to the head. In some cases, dizziness or vertigo is caused by crystals, which are located in a part of the vestibular system, being displaced and results in a condition known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

However, vestibular disorders may also occur without any clear cause.

If the vestibular system is not working properly you may experience symptoms such as:

  • Vertigo (feel as though the whole room is spinning around you)
  • Dizziness or light-headedness
  • Nausea
  • Problems with your balance
  • Feeling as though you are veering to one side
  • Sensitivity to head and eye movements
  • Falling or having near falls
  • Visual disturbances (blurring or increased sensitivity with certain activities such as walking in crowds, reading or working on a computer)
  • Reduced concentration or increased anxiety with certain activities

Vestibular disorders can be very debilitating and many people wrongly believe that they should avoid certain activities that make them feel dizzy or otherwise provoke their symptoms. This can however result in long-term problems with dizziness and balance which could be avoided through seeking the appropriate treatment.

Lara can effectively assess your symptoms and provide you with a rehabilitation program that will help to retrain your brain to effectively cope with the actions or environments that provoke your symptoms so that you can become symptom free and regain your confidence.

If your symptoms are the result of BPPV, there are various manoeuvres that can be performed which serve to reposition the crystals in your vestibular system and effectively treat your symptoms.

If you require further information or would like to book an initial consultation with Lara, please contact us or call  07 54444 0394. Initial consultations for vestibular patients are 45 minutes in length to allow an appropriate time to assess you and start a treatment plan.