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Understanding Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

Ever felt like the room is spinning when you’re perfectly still? That’s Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. I’m Steve Fong, a vestibular physiotherapist at Meadowbank Physio, here to explain it in simple terms.


What is BPPV?

BPPV happens when tiny calcium crystals in your inner ear go rogue, disrupting normal fluid flow in your ear canals. This sends mixed signals to your brain, making you feel like you’re spinning when you’re not.


Spotting the Signs

BPPV means sudden spinning sensations, lasting seconds to minutes, triggered by specific head movements. It doesn’t affect your hearing or cause ringing in your ears.


Not to Be Confused With…

Don’t confuse BPPV with other conditions. It’s all about those head movements that make you feel like you’re on a merry-go-round.


Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis involves eye-tracking techniques, and treatment guides those wandering crystals back where they belong. No need for fancy meds or surgery – most people improve after a few sessions.


In short, BPPV might throw you for a loop, but it’s a puzzle we can solve. If you experience dizzy spells, reach out to us at the Movement Mill, Meadowbank Physio. We’re here to help you find your balance.

Stay steady,
Steve Fong
Vestibular Physiotherapist
The Movement Mill, Meadowbank Physio


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