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Common Causes of Vertigo – What are Vertigo Triggers?

Do you feel like the room is spinning?


If you have positional vertigo, you might just think so!

Do you know what is Vertigo? By definition, vertigo is the sensation of spinning. It is not the same as being lightheaded or feeling dizziness and unsteady. People with vertigo feel as though they are actually spinning or moving, or that the world is spinning around them. It may occur when you move your head in a certain position. Often starts suddenly and Lasts a few seconds to minutes.

There are a number of causes for BPPV-benign paroxysmal positional vertigo: 

  • Labyrinthitis – inner ear infection; often referred to as the vestibular system;
  • Migraines;
  • Vestibular Neuronitis – inflammation of the vestibular nerve, which runs into the inner ear and sends messages to the brain that help to control balance


How it works – What causes spinning?

BPPV is a problem with the crystals in your inner ear getting out of place and falling into the semi-circular canals of your vestibular system. When these crystals fall into the canals they can cause a lot of issues and make it seem like the room is spinning. When you roll over in bed or turn your head quickly the crystals move around and send confusing signals to her brain which make you feel the spinning sensation.

vertigo ear system

What it feels like?

True vertigo is the sensation of spinning or movement (such as the sensation of swaying). If you’ve ever been sea sick, this is a bit like the swaying sensation, and if you ever got “the spins” in your younger years after having too much fun with alcohol, this is similar to the sensation of spinning that some people experience. Another common report with vertigo is that it feels like the room is moving or that it’s “swimming” across there field of vision.

What is the other symptoms of BPPV?

Other than spinning, BPPV symptoms may include any of the following:

  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision problems, such as a feeling that things are jumping or moving
The good news is that generally speaking BPPV can be fairly easy to fix… if you know what you are doing.

What Can you do about it ? 

Someone who knows what they are doing and someone that is familiar with BPPV can help put the crystals back to where they are supposed to be.

I would recommend have an evaluation by Balance Specialty Physical Therapist who can determine if it truly is BPPV and if it is…they can help fix her issue.

At Natural Fit Therapy, our therapist work regularly with people that have BPPV and many other types of balance problems. If you have any questions about your specific balance problem please Call 512-730-0231

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Dr. Ryan Seifert - Physical Therapist in Austin, TX

Dr. Ryan Seifert

Natural Fit Physical Therapy

"We Help Adults 50+ Become More Active, Stay Healthy, And Avoid Slowing Down Without Pain Pills, Injections, Or Surgery."



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