Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo. Vertigo is an illusory sensation of movement. This 

movement may be of yourself, or of the room around you. With BPPV the vertigo is usually a spinning 

sensation. The condition is benign, in that it is not progressive or associated with a serious medical 

condition. It will come on following a virus, head injury, or sometimes for no apparent reason. It is more 

common in older adults, particularly women.  Typically, a patient will experience short lasting sensations 

of spinning (vertigo) that occurs with your head in certain positions such as looking up, bending forward 

or turning in bed. It is paroxysmal, meaning that it will eventually go away, but will resolve more quickly 

when treated by repositioning exercises by a qualified vestibular physiotherapist. This condition does 

tend to recur, and Vestibular Rehabilitation is the primary intervention recommended. Your vestibular 

physiotherapist can help to resolve your symptoms quickly and provide a home exercise for future 

episodes.

Please feel free to call or email us if you have further questions or if you wish to book an appointment.

Kim Weber Bsc.PT., M.Sc. (Neuroscience), Certified Vestibular Therapist