Vertigo Balance and Migraine

Vertigo Balance and Migraine This page is to educate people about Vertigo, balance problems and Migraine; and more importantly, what can be done about them.


With the recent major interruption in normal work and home life, I have noticed a marked increase in my headache and dizzy clients who recognise that anxiety is a major contributing factor to their symptoms.

Now, I am not a psychologist and certainly encourage people who are aware of anxiety, change in sleep patterns, sensation of being overwhelmed or hopelessness to talk with their GP/psychologist etc.

From a neurological point of view there are some techniques we can use to decrease our bodies stress response and I use these a lot with many of my clients (and myself).

BREATHE! It sounds obvious and meditation, yoga, psychology professionals use relaxed breathing techniques a lot, but they can now measure how it works. And many of us breathe poorly, even when relaxed.

My preferred pattern is as follows:
• Breathe in through nose slowly over a count of 5-6
• Hold at top of breath for count of 3-4
• Very Slowly let air escape through mouth between pursed lips (like a silent whistle) don’t blow air out, let it fall out. Aim for 10 + seconds

Don’t get too focussed on the numbers. The more stressed you are, the shorter your breaths will be. That’s OK, just try to make each subsequent breath slightly longer.


If you find it useful, please share.

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Stay safe


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Vertigo Balance and Migraine now offer online video consultations for those who find it difficult to attend the clinic. Ideal for those who are in remote locations, too dizzy or headachy to drive, don't have transport, can't get a baby-sitter etc.

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Vestibular System:  The Vestibular sensors are best described as a little gyroscope type mechanism in the inner ear.  It...

Vestibular System: The Vestibular sensors are best described as a little gyroscope type mechanism in the inner ear. It’s where our motion and gravitational sensors are in our body. It sits directly on top of our cochlear which is our hearing sensor. Both the vestibular apparatus and the cochlear share a nerve that feeds messages to the Brain Stem where these messages are in turn transmitted to other parts of our brain and via reflexes to our eyes and spinal muscles for it to work out what the messages mean to our body and what is the correct response.

It affects many systems and functions of our body as seen in the diagram and if not working properly, can give many varied symptoms; e.g dizzy, nausea, vomit, diarrhoea, imbalance, fatigue, anxiety, emotional upset, poor concentration, blurred vision, even musculoskeletal pain, to name a few.


This man is a patient of mine, (like most people with dizziness) he was diagnosed by his ENT specialist with BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). He does not have BPPV. He does have a vestibular imbalance, his left inner ear is not giving balance information as fast or as accurately as the right inner ear, this was evident on testing. In addition to this, however, his cervical spine (neck) is feeding poor information up into his brain making it even more difficult for him to stabilise his posture. In this comparison video it is easy to see the dramatic difference that can be achieved by correcting his neck. The video on the right is less than 10 minutes after the video on left.

This emphasises the importance of rehabilitating ALL aspects of the balance system; Vision, proprioception (muscle and joint position awareness) especially in the Cervical spine (neck) and vestibular (inner ear) systems. The video is shared with the subject’s kind permission.


Vertigo, by definition, is the sensation of spinning. This includes the sensation of you spinning, or the environment you are in is spinning. BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) is a common cause, BUT NOT THE ONLY cause.
Peripheral Vestibular Dysfunction
Vertigo is caused by information from the semicircular canal system in the vestibular apparatus in one inner ear not matching the information from the opposite ear. For this system to work, the brain interprets information from both inner ear systems simultaneously, if there is a mismatch, our balance will be affected. If that mismatch is from the rotational sensors (semicircular canals), the sensation perceived will involve rotation (spinning) = Vertigo.


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