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I Suffer From Vertigo

Suffering from Vestibular Migraines?

Living with vertigo headaches or vestibular migraines can be extremely challenging. Sufferers often feel sick in the stomach with waves of nausea and vomiting. You may also feel dizzy, unbalanced, that the room is spinning or have ringing in your ears. Thankfully, there is a simple solution to combat vertigo headaches and vestibular migraines, which does not involve medication or surgical intervention.

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Understanding Their Differences

What is Vertigo or Vestibular Headaches?

Cervical vertigo headaches, also known as vestibular migraines, are a condition that affects the vestibular system of the body.

The vestibular system is a sensory system responsible in keeping the body balanced, stabilising the head and body during movement and maintaining posture. It also provides the brain with information about head position, motion and spatial orientation.

The primary location of the vestibular system is found in the inner ear. Any disruptions to the vestibular system can result in vestibular migraines or cervical vertigo headaches. It is important to note there are many nerves that originate lower from the neck and connect into the vestibular system, as well as, nerves located higher, exiting the vestibular system and into the brain. Hence, any disruptions to the nerves located above or below the vestibular system can also cause vertigo headaches and vestibular migraines due to its close proximity and relationship to the vestibular system. This means that a sufferer may have a perfectly normal vestibular system, however disruptions to the signals and nerves above and below the vestibular system can result in vestibular disorders.

Hence it is important that if you suffer from vestibular migraines or vertigo headaches that you seek expert advice in order to receive the correct diagnosis and best treatment option.

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Symptoms You May Experience

How to Define Your Vertigo

  • Dizziness
  • Unsteady
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Nystagmus
  • Aura
  • Blurred or distorted vision
  • Upset stomach
  • Sensitive to light, sound or smell
  • Constipation or Diarrhoea
  • Pins & needles in an arm or leg
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Fatigue
  • Poor memory
  • Disturbed concentration
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping

About The Assessment Stage

What To Expect During The Assessment


1. Comprehensive and in-depth examination

We instigate an in-depth assessment to identify all possible related factors that could be causing your headaches or migraines. The upper cervical spine, in particular, is thoroughly examined to identify possible issues.



2. Ligamental stability and vertebral arterial tests

We undertake careful examination of neck ligaments and vertebral arteries, ensuring only the highest standards of patient safety and comfort.


3. Temporarily reproduce your headache and migraine symptoms

As a part of the treatment process, we apply gentle and selective stress to the upper cervical spine in order to reproduce headache symptoms, which subside after 20-30 seconds. This helps to identify and treat the cause of your headaches.

Common Headache Types

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

BPPV is the most diagnosed cause of vertigo in Brisbane, making up between 17-42% of all vertigo cases. It is characterised by periods of vertigo and dizziness, brought on by head movements. The severe nature of the symptoms, and the ease of which they are brought on, makes it a very debilitating condition for sufferers.

Physical tests and a subjective history are generally all that is needed in order to identify BPPV as the cause of your vertigo. These tests are designed to assess structures in the inner-ear, which is known to be the underlying cause and mechanism of BPPV.

In cases where these tests are unable to identify the true cause, or if conventional BPPV treatment isn’t effective, there is another option.

Hypertension Headache

Headache is a commonly described symptom of hypertension, or high blood pressure, but the link between the two has not been accurately established. GP guidelines still encourage a headache history to be used as an assessment tool for hypertension, even though it has only been confirmed that headaches are commonly present in patients who reach ‘hypertensive crisis’ (Assarzadegan, Asadollahi, Hesami, Aryani, Mansouri, & Beladi moghadam, 2013).

Blood pressure readings of 140-160/90-99 mmHg indicate a diagnosis of ‘mild hypertension’ and there has been a reported link to headache symptoms in this population (Hannson, Smith, & Reeves, 2000). 10% of the Brisbane population have hypertension, with more prevalence in people aged over 75 (Statistics, 2018).

Vertigo Cervical Headache

Vertigo Cervical Headaches, commonly known as Vestibular Migraines, are often over looked as a cause of dizziness, loss of balance and vertigo. Patients who experience these symptoms are often mis-diagnosed with BPPV, however when treatment is ineffective, Vertigo Cervical Headache is a likely diagnosis. As well as dizziness and vertigo symptoms, patients may experience the classic migraine symptoms.

Soreness or stiffness in the neck is commonly described by patients and can be an indicator of more severe symptoms. Attacks are often triggered by changes in visual inputs, like; bright lights, flickering lights, or visual disturbances.

As opposed to the secondary causes of vertigo symptoms, like BPPV or Meniere’s disease, vertigo cervical headaches are thought to be caused by sensitivities in the brainstem.

Why Clients Come To Us

Our Prevent Headaches4Life Plan

We only treat those headache and migraine sufferers who have gone through our unique assessment procedure, and who we determine is suitable for treatment – approximately 85-90% of those we assess. This approach ascertains a high likelihood of success.

Your first 6 session is all that it takes to notice a significant change towards you headache and migraine condition regardless of whether you have suffered from +20 years of chronic headaches and migraines, or whether an acute condition has recently developed.

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