When we think of Vertigo we automatically associate it with Dizziness. Whilst the two conditions are often used interchangeably, they are actually different conditions with different causes for each one.
Vertigo – did you ever spin around really fast as a child and then the room would continue to spin even though you were standing still? Or go on those tea cup rides at the fair and it feels like the Earth is spinning around at a million miles an hour? Well that’s vertigo, the sensation of spinning when you’re standing still.
Our Approach to Care
Bodylogics Physiotherapy is designed to:
Dizziness – Dizziness is in fact an umbrella term for a range of possible sensations. It could be the feeling of imbalance also known as disequilibrium, near syncope (or lightheadedness where you feel like you might faint), vertigo or sometimes even the feeling of anxiety.
It’s the job of your healthcare professional to ask you specific questions to try to ascertain whether you are experiencing vertigo or dizziness. These questions will include when you get your symptoms, whether or not you feel sick, how long it lasts as well as other questions that may relate to whether or not you smoke, your age, etc. They will also conduct certain tests that might try and evoke your symptoms depending on what they think the cause may be. Whilst this might feel uncomfortable at the time, it’s only done so that they can come to the right diagnosis and give you the best cause of treatment possible. In some cases it might result in referral to your local GP for medication or further examination.
The causes of dizziness and vertigo vary. They can be as simple as having slight issues with how the neck and eye are functioning in relation to one another, to issues with the inner part of your ear called the vestibular system, to the much more serious causes related to the vascular system. It is recommended that you go and see your healthcare professional as quickly as possible if you are experiencing either dizziness or vertigo so they can find out what is causing it and get you the best form of treatment as quickly as possible.