- Vestibular Rehabilitation
If you are experiencing severe dizziness and the only way to find some relief is by laying down then you may be experiencing BPPV, which stands for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. It is the most common form of dizziness and balance disorder where disturbances within the inner ear can lead to episodes of intense dizziness on certain head movements.
It is very treatable and our specialist physiotherapist Kerris Clarke is on hand to help you.
Sometimes fragments circulating within the fluid of the inner ear cause the dizziness. By using specialist gentle techniques to move the head and reposition these fragments, you can achieve immediate relief.
You will also be assessed and given a personalised exercise programme to rehabilitate the central nervous system which can be trained to compensate for problems in the inner ear. These exercises may include:
- Eye and head movement exercises
- Exercises to improve standing balance and walking
- Advice on falls reduction/prevention
At the Physiotherapy Clinic we frequently assess and treat conditions which are caused by muscle imbalance, movement dysfunction and a lack of core muscle control. Symptoms of these conditions tend to include generalised aches and pains, repetitive injury with no clear cause, and longstanding painful backs and necks.
When we assess conditions related to stability, we find a mixture of problems including tight muscles, weakness, poor balance, inability to hold or control a posture and poor patterns of movement. We often find patients are unable to breathe effectively without altering their trunk position.
At the Physiotherapy Clinic we use exercise and manual techniques to correct these problems, and often incorporate Pilates in our treatments as it can help to break abnormal patterns of movement.
Pilates is a specific exercise program which aims to correct movement patterns and improve core stability. Usually patients start off fully supported, lying on the floor/plinth. Patients learn to move their arms and legs while controlling their trunk, once these easier movements have been mastered the support is progressively removed and the exercises become more difficult.
We offer Pilates on a 1 to 1 basis as part of your Physiotherapy treatment, once an initial assessment has been carried out and your Physiotherapy needs determined.
Occasionally patients progress to Pilates-only sessions on a 1 to 1 basis with our qualified Pilates instructor Diana Whiteley, or your Physiotherapist may refer you to a Pilates class in the local area.