By far, the most common cause of Vertigo ( being Dizzy or having the room or yourself feel like you are spinning ) is a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV. Chiropractor Dr Eric Hansen has made further studies, beyond his five year Masters Degree, into the field of vertigo and dizziness to better understand what makes us feel unsteady.
Your inner ears contain hoops called semi circular canals that are filled with liquid and at the base of the hoops is an area called the Ampulla. The Ampulla contains fine hair cells with a crystal at the end. Whenever you move around the liquid shifts, causing the hair cells to wave back and forth like seaweed in a current.
The movement of the hair cells sends electrical signals down you nerves and into your brain, which then processes the information to figure out how you just moved.
Above is a video outlining the basic anatomy for you understanding.
In BPPV the crystals at the end of the hair cells break loose and band the hair cells around. So instead of a gentle current moving your hair cells you get rocks hammering away at them! This causes a massive amount of electrical signals to travel back to you brain which then gets fooled into thinking your falling or spinning around really fast when all you did was tilt your head!
At Gladesville and North Sydney Chiropractic centers, Dr Eric Hansen is trained to perform ‘Epleys Maneuver’. This maneuver helps to move the crystals out of the way so they no longer bang on your poor ear cells. Typically there is immediate relief.
Dr Eric Hansen has, over the years, seen many patients suffering from BPPV at the Gladesville and North Sydney Chiropractic Clinics. One problem Dr Eric Hansen has observed is that after the repositioning maneuver, patients still demonstrate a high degree of instability, poor balance and anxiety from the fear of falling.
Although the vertigo typically settles almost instantaneously Dr Eric Hansen’s training in Functional Neurology allows him to assess what areas of the brain have been over worked by the massive input of electrical signals from the crystals hitting the hair cells in the effected hoop.
By providing specific vestibular rehabilitation exercises based on your brain fatigue, a faster recovery is possible where patients notice a decrease in their anxiety, feel more stable and have better balance.
Above is a demonstration of what the Epley Maneuver looks like.
If you or someone you know suffers from BPPV please contact the Gladesville or North Sydney Spine and Health Clinic to arrange for a consult with Chiropractor Dr Eric Hansen.
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Gladesville, Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Lane Cove, Riverview, Putney, Ryde.
North Sydney, Milsons Point, McMahons Point, Kirribilli, Neutral Bay, Cammeray, Cows Nest, Woolstonecraft, St Leonards, Naremburn, Northbridge, Willoughby.