Vertigo is a truly horrible and disabling condition. Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, headaches, sweating, tinnitus in addition to feeling like they’re spinning, tilting, swaying etc.

When vertigo doesn’t respond to the Epley manoeuvre, or similar, looking at a clients history is a good place to start.

Any history or tightness / discomfort at the back of the skull, whiplash, or heavy falls / bumps to the head, and on a less traumatic level, if screens are used extensively through the day / night, we’ll start by having a look at the eye / sub occipital muscle relationship.
Eye strain, text neck etcetera from phones, tablets and to a lesser extent poorly set up computer monitors could all be possible causes of the vertigo type symptoms being experienced.

Why do we look at the eyes / sub occipitals?
The sub occipitals are a collection of four pairs of muscles at the back of the head / neck junction.
They are responsible for fine movement of the head, but they also provide information to our sensory feedback system, gauging the exact position of the head and neck relative to the ground, coordinating and adjusting movement throughout the body as we move. This combined feedback from both eyes and sub occipitals supports the vestibular system in forming our righting reflex.
If it’s out of kilter, you’ll constantly be thinking you aren’t level, and trying to correct accordingly.

*The Epley / Gufoni etc manoeuvres are used to treat ‘ear rocks’ – calcium carbonate deposits in the semicircular canals, which move and create the sensation of movement. See previous post for more information 😊👍🏻

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