Giddiness or dizziness is a common condition that most people have experienced at one time or another in their lifetime. For most people, it is a mild discomfort that goes away quickly. However, in some cases, the symptoms can be persistent and severe enough to negatively affect their day to day activities, such as getting out of bed and turning to look up and down.
There are many possible causes of giddiness. Physiotherapy management can be effective for some kinds of giddiness, whereas other kinds of giddiness may be better managed with other forms of medical treatment.
One kind of giddiness that responds well to physiotherapy management is vetibular giddiness caused by a dysfunction in the inner ear, which results in a sensation of spinning, and giddiness.
Physiotherapy management of giddiness will first consist of a thorough assessment to determine the cause of the giddiness.
Once the cause of the giddiness has been determined, appropriate management will be prescribed, and may consist of:
education and lifestyle modification
specialized repositioning techniques
balance and exercise therapy
habituation exercises to reduce giddiness