Vestibular Treatment of BPPV

BPPV is the most common form of peripheral vestibular dysfunction. Vestibular dysfunction is a disturbance of the body’s balance system, both peripheral or central in origin. They are classified according to anatomy and best distinguished from other causes by a physical examination, important to exclude central causes such as stroke. Symptoms of vestibular dysfunction include a variety of complaints: vertigo, nausea and vomiting, intolerance to head motion, spontaneous nystagmus (eye flickering), unsteady gait, and postural instability. [4] These things can also occur as a result of neck dysfunction, blood pressure changes, etc so it’s important to distinguish the cause.


A Physical examination with a well trained physiotherapist, can determine if you have BPPV. It is important to diagnose the semi-circular canal involved in BPPV (there are three). Diagnosing correctly, makes the treatment effective. Applying the wrong treatment through incorrect diagnosis of the vestibular dysfunction can make things a lot worse. The prognosis for BPPV is good when treated appropriately but often recurs. Get yourself diagnosed correctly.