Has vertigo got your head in a spin?

Apex Headache Clinic founder and spinal physiotherapy specialist Rebecca Nelson discusses vertigo or dizziness and how the practice has been treating and clearing this debilitating condition for years.

The effects of vertigo

Here at Apex Headache Clinic, approximately 20 per cent of the patients we see are suffering from the effects of vertigo or dizziness. This common health complaint can cause poor balance when walking, light headedness or a feeling of ‘being removed’ from the world. In the most severe cases, the symptoms are so bad it confines people to their homes.

What causes vertigo or dizziness?

What many people are unaware of is that there are in fact two major causes of vertigo; vertigo stemming from an imbalance in the inner ear, called vestibular vertigo and vertigo originating from the upper neck region, called cervical vertigo. Cervical vertigo is very commonly overlooked as a cause of vertigo. It is usually the result of stiffness or damage of the upper two neck joints of the spine and often the individual experiences no actual neck pain, only dizziness. To catch vertigo at its source the correct diagnosis is required to provide the most effective treatment for this condition.

Cervical vertigo is often misdiagnosed and treated as vestibular vertigo. However, a key feature of cervical vertigo is that it is usually unresponsive to medication prescribed to treat inner ear vertigo. If your vertigo hasn’t cleared up with the help of medication, it is definitely time to seek our help.

Let Apex Headache Clinic clear your vertigo

I have been successfully diagnosing and treating cervical vertigo for over 20 years and have trained the rest of the team of physiotherapists in the clinic in the manual regime of treatment that I use. This specialist treatment regime is immensely successful in targeting cervical vertigo at its source and clearing it.

The initial consultation appointment at Apex Headache Clinic will involve one of our experienced physiotherapists accessing your neck to determine if your neck is the source of your vertigo. The majority of patients with vertigo that we see in the clinic have already been diagnosed with vestibular vertigo elsewhere which has not responded to the usual treatments.

Our unique manual physiotherapy treatment involves gentle and safe mobilisation techniques of the targeted segments of the upper neck region. The treatment usually starts to be effective within the first few sessions. Don’t let vertigo ruin the quality of your life. At Apex Headache Clinic we have a high success rate in clearing this complaint completely, even in patients who have suffered for years.

If you would like to book an appointment with us at Apex Headache Clinic contact us on 028 9048 4153.