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Physiotherapy

Dizziness & Balance Clinic

Dizziness and balance problems are very common especially in older people. There are numerous causes for these symptoms with many being related to problems with the vestibular apparatus in the ear.

Symptoms of vestibular disorders can include:

Additional secondary problems may include:

Many of these symptoms can be helped by physiotherapists using vestibular rehabilitation therapy. This exercise based form of therapy can alleviate both the primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular disorders. The therapy teaches the brain to use other senses (vision and somatosensory, i.e. body sense) to substitute for the deficient vestibular system. It involves specific techniques and exercises for the head, body and eyes, and for many this can accelerate the return to normal function after a vestibular disorder. It can be effective for longstanding disorders that have failed to improve with traditional medical management.

Examples of vestibular disorders are:

Our specialist physiotherapists can diagnose whether your symptoms are coming from a vestibular issue and if so then choose appropriate treatments. All the treatments used have very good evidence for their effectiveness in alleviating symptoms of vestibular disorders.

Please click here for more information about the therapy. You can ring or email to discuss the problem with Suzie Crellin, Physiofit's physiotherapist specialising in this treatment.

BPPV – Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo

This condition occurs when crystals, which are naturally present in the inner ear, become dislodged and stimulate the vestibular apparatus to send signals to the brain that the head is moving when it is not. This confuses the brain as all the other senses are signalling that the head is still . This then leads to spinning sensations or dizziness. These sensations occur only when the head moves into certain positions. The condition is not serious and may resolve by itself eventually as the crystals break down, but the symptoms are very unpleasant and disabling. Correct diagnosis is important but once confirmed, a treatment known as the Epley manoeuvre can give instant resolution of the symptoms.

What people have said about Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy...


66I have recently had need to use the services of Suzie Crellin at Physiofit in Horsforth. I had been diagnosed with labarythitis, a condition that I had never heard of. It is horrendous as it destroys your balance which leaves you nauseous, dizzy and generally feeling very unwell. After reading up on the condition I approached Physiofit to see if they could carryout the Epley manoeuvre, which resolves one of the causes.

Suzie was very well aware of the condition and was able to help me with exercises that helped alleviate the symptoms. It was a great relief to find someone who was so knowledgable about the condition, who could reassure me in this testing time in addition to helping with exercises. I cannot recommend Suzie and this practice highly enough. 66 - Shirley C. Jan 2019
66Following a diagnosis of BPPV, my GP gave me some vestibular rehab exercises to do at home (Brandt-Daroff). I was very happy to have a diagnosis that explained the persistent dizziness but I wasn't really convinced that the exercises were doing any good. All I seemed to be doing was throwing my head about, which just made the dizziness worse. So I did a little research and discovered a very specific exercise that is best performed by a specially trained physiotherapist. Some reports even suggested that if performed correctly, this manoeuvre could fix the problem very quickly. I was a bit sceptical about this, but decided to give it a go and set about trying to find a physio that could help. My local therapist didn't offer the treatment in question but then I found Physiofit who confirmed that they had physios who were trained to treat BPPV.

I saw Suzie Crellin, who did a thorough assessment before performing the Epley manoeuvre - and it was like magic! The dizziness stopped immediately and hasn't returned. It was literally like a miracle cure, albeit based on sound scientific principles. I would definitely encourage anyone suffering from BPPV to go and see Suzie and it's such a shame my the GP didn't seem to be aware of this instant cure. 66 - Andrea R. Jan 2019

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