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Positional vertigo is a form of rotational vertigo that occurs with rapid movements of the head, for example:

- look up or back
- turning over in bed
- Bend over

It then seems as if everything around you is moving and turning. Sometimes it can be so intense that you also feel nauseous or have to vomit. Fortunately, the complaints subside after a minute and the attack disappears on its own.
This form of dizziness was originally called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPD), which means that the dizziness is benign and occurs in attacks.

What is positional vertigo, or BPPV?

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What are the causes of BPPV?

Positional dizziness has to do with the balance organs. These consist of three circular tubes in the inner ear. These tubes contain fluid that moves with the movements you make. There are small lime crystals in this liquid, which can come loose during rapid movements and end up in places where they do not belong. This causes dizziness. It is not known why this happens. 


Positional vertigo mainly occurs in people over 50, but can also occur in younger people. A BPPV attack can be annoying, but is generally easy to treat. If you suffer from dizziness more often and feel it hinders your daily life, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a suitable physiotherapist.

Treatment of BPPV by the physiotherapist.

How can the physiotherapist help with positional dizziness? When making an appointment, ask for a physiotherapist who is familiar with positional dizziness.

That is at Fysio SpaarndammerHoutBart Bruinsma.


He will make an assessment of the nature of the dizziness. With certain tests he can show whether you have 'grit in the pipe'.


During the treatment, your physiotherapist will make certain movements with your head to move the calcium crystals.


He can also give you tips and advice on how to deal with vertigo yourself. You usually feel better soon. 

Have you ever suffered from BPPV? Make an appointment today.

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