Vertigo is a disorder which causes dizziness in a person resulting in them feeling as though they are moving or spinning when they are standing. Vertigo can be caused due to the ‘inflammation within the inner ear, decreased blood flow to the base of the brain, head trauma, neck injury or migraine.’
Vertigo can last for a few days, weeks, months or go on for years.
Apart from finding it hard to keep one’s balance when standing and walking other symptoms of vertigo are nausea, sense of light headedness, ear ache and unclear vision.
Top shelf vertigo is another form of vertigo which has similar symptoms as the common type of vertigo. Top self vertigo usually occurs when the head is tilted back to look upward. Patients who have to lean their head back when visiting the dentist while sitting on the dental chair or customers at hair salons who have to tip their head back when they need to get their hair shampooed are at risk of getting this type of vertigo.
Top shelf vertigo is also known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Some people have debris which collects in their inner ear. The debris is not dirt but tiny calcium carbonate crystals referred to as ‘ear rocks’ or "otoconia." Such people are the ones who get top self vertigo.
The following is an image of a popular exercise which can be done to treat vertigo. A more in depth explanation of how the exercise should be done can be found here. More on BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO can be read here.
© Suranee Perera 2012