Don’t let vertigo get your head in a spin this Valentine’s Day!

This month, Rebecca Nelson, Founder and Spinal & Headache Physiotherapy Specialist at Apex Clinic & Apex Headache Clinic, discusses how getting the correct diagnosis for your vertigo is key to treating it, and how the practice has been treating and clearing this awful condition for years.

The effects of vertigo

At Apex Headache Clinic, we have extensive experience in treating vertigo or dizziness and we have a very high success rate in clearing it. This common health complaint has devastating symptoms, such as poor balance, especially when walking, light headedness, or a feeling of being ‘removed’ from the world. In the most severe cases, sufferers are confined to their homes. It can be life ruining.

Getting the right diagnosis is key

It is not commonly known that there are in fact two major causes of vertigo; vestibular vertigo, which stems from an imbalance in the inner ear and cervical vertigo, which originates from the upper neck region of the spine. Cervical vertigo is often overlooked as a cause of vertigo. It is usually the result of stiffness or damage of the upper neck joints of the spine with the person not usually experiencing neck pain, only dizziness.

Clearing your vertigo begins firstly with the correct diagnosis. Cervical vertigo is often misdiagnosed as vestibular vertigo. However, one of the features of cervical vertigo is that it does not respond to the drugs used to treat inner ear vertigo. So, if your vertigo hasn’t cleared up with medication, it is definitely time to seek our help.

Let Apex Headache Clinic clear your vertigo

Here, at Apex Headache Clinic, we have been successfully diagnosing and treating cervical vertigo for over 20 years. Furthermore, I have extensively trained the team of specialist physiotherapists in the manual regime of treatment that I use to clear it. This treatment is very successful in targeting cervical vertigo at its source and clearing it or significantly improving in the vast majority of cases.

Your initial consultation at Apex Headache Clinic will involve one of our experienced specialist physiotherapists accessing your neck to determine if it is the source of your vertigo. If the assessment confirms that your vertigo is from your neck, a treatment plan will then follow. Our unique manual physiotherapy treatment involves gentle and safe mobilization techniques of the targeted segments of the upper neck region. The treatment usually starts to be effective within the first few sessions.

Richard Ross, 31-year-old Electrician from Cullybackey said:

“Suffering from vertigo was ruining my life. I felt terrible with dizziness, every minute of every day. It was a feeling as if I had just stepped off a roller coaster ride. It didn’t matter whether I was sitting, standing or lying down – the dizziness was still there. My balance and perception of things were completely distorted. Every night I had to sleep upright as it was too hard to bear when I lay flat.

“After hearing about Apex Headache Clinic, I booked an appointment in desperation. At the first session my vertigo was diagnosed as cervical vertigo. I couldn’t believe that after just one session I started to feel some relief. I then had a course of treatment and now my life is totally back on track. I wish that I had heard of Apex Headache Clinic much sooner, because I had suffered so badly with vertigo for so long.”

Don’t let vertigo ruin the quality of your life. At Apex Headache Clinic, we have a high success rate in clearing this complaint, even in patients who have suffered for years. If you would like to book an appointment with Apex Headache Clinic, contact us on: 028 9048 4153. No GP referral is necessary.