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[28 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Treating BPPV

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is one of the most common forms of vertigo, and it’s cause is loose crystals in the inner ear as we have discussed here in an earlier post.  Treatment thankfully is fairly straightforward if you know what to do.  Just to recap though, how do you know if you have BPPV?
BPPV classically produces vertigo (spinning of the room – the difference from dizziness is discussed here) that lasts anywhere from a few seconds to two minutes, and is usually only provoked by movement, usually lying …

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[11 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
The link between Anxiety and Balance problems

When I see people for balance problems in my clinic they frequently report feeling anxiety along with their other balance issues like vertigo and dizziness.  If you feel this way too, then you are not alone.
Research has demonstrated that there is a link between the two conditions.  Anatomically there is a link between the balance areas in the brain and the limbic or motional parts of the brain.  It is thought that disordered function in one area can lead to problems in the other.

BPPV, Dizziness, Featured, General Updates, Meniere's Disease, Other Types of Vertigo, Treatment »

[15 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
The need for brain rehabilitation in dizziness and vertigo.

One of our readers asked the question why I had made the assertion that people with balance problems need to undergo a brain rehabilitation programme.  This is a fair question, and I will answer it here.  This post will be more technical than most, but bear with me, it is worth it.

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[26 Feb 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Flying with dizziness and vertigo

Many people with vertigo and dizziness comment to me that flying fills them with dread. Flying is particularly bad for the vertigo and dizziness sufferer for several reasons.   But with a bit of knowledge you can minimize the negative effects.

Featured, Labyrinthitis, Treatment »

[18 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]
Healing times in labyrinthitis (vestibular neuritis).

A question I get asked all the time by my patients is how long will it take to get better. The “normal” healing time of labyrinthitis is about six weeks, but things often aren’t as simple as they seem.
Labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis is a condition where the inner, or or the nerve running from it to the brain, gets an infection (usually caused by a virus). This causes the signals from the ear to be disordered, either increased or decreased, and the brain has to adapt to these changes in …