Dizziness - it can just be a pain in the neck!
It's easy to accept dizziness as 'normal', or sometimes as a symptom of getting older. This shouldn't be the case - common types of dizziness can often be treated, once diagnosed properly.
While there are many reasons for dizziness, one of the most common causes of dizziness is the neck. This type of dizziness can be successfully treated with physiotherapy.
Our brain receives signals from the neck joints and muscles, eyes and middle ear all at once to get an overall picture of where we are in our environment at any one time. Problems with the neck muscles and/or joints can cause rogue signals in the nerves that run from these areas. Signals that lead from these structures travel to the area of the brainstem that help us make sense of where we are in space. Disruption of these signals may give the brain false information – the brain may think things are moving when they aren’t.
Symptoms may include:
- Dizziness described as unsteadiness
- Dizziness made worse by neck movements
- Neck pain and/or stiffness
- History of sore neck or previous injury
What we can do to help
Patients with pain and stiffness in the neck as well as dizziness can be diagnosed and treated with physiotherapy. Your physiotherapist will be able to identify which part of your neck is causing the problem.
Your physiotherapist will restore normal joint movement and range of motion to the neck to eliminate your symptoms of dizziness as well as neck pain and stiffness. Your physiotherapist will also be able to help you identify factors in your lifestyle or occupation that may have contributed to the problem and provide solutions in the form of ergonomic and postural changes as well as relevant exercises.
Cathy and Hugh at Cathy Doring Physiotherapy are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of this type of dizziness.