What is Vertigo?
There are many causes of vertigo (which is a term describing 'dizziness' or a spinning sensation). All dizziness should be investigated by a medical professional. Our Physiotherapist can diagnose your BPPV and provide immediate treatment.
BPPV - sudden onset dizziness when moving your head. This can be associated with nausea, but the main symptom is a 'dizzy' or 'spinning' sensation which may feel like you're going to over balance. This sensation can be very strong, but lasts less than a minute. Commonly this will occur when rolling over in bed, sitting up, quickly turning your head or simply looking up or down. In most cases, the onset is 'idiopathic' (meaning of unknown cause). Occasionally BPPV can occur after a head trauma, and in the elderly it may be due to degenerative changes. Untreated, BPPV may resolve on its own in 6 weeks. However, 6 weeks is a long time when you're experiencing vertigo when you move! In most cases we can treat your BPPV and provide you with exercises to resolve your dizziness immediately, or within days.
BPPV is a problem in your Vestibular system. It is caused by crystals in the fluid deep inside the canals in your inner ears. They cannot be seen when a doctor looks in your ear, and are not associated with ear infections. The fluid in our inner ears provides messages for our brain, to help us stay balanced, letting us now the exact movements of our head, in relation to gravity. The crystals floating the fluid exaggerate these usual messages and provide information that the fluid is moving more than it really should be. This results in the brain feeling vertigo, until the fluid quickly settles down, as you stay still.
Physio treatment involves firstly diagnosing which of the semi-circular canals have the crystals inside. These canals are in your head, 3 on each side. The exact treatment is dependant on which canal is housing the misplaced the crystals. Many people try options they've seen on the internet, but they might not work for them if they are not doing the movements correctly, or more importantly, if the movements are not for the correct canal. The treatment is a painless series of head movements which assists the crystals to move out of the fluid in the canals, and back to where they belong. Often, results are immediate!
Amber is an experienced clinician who regularly manages a variety conditions, however she has a special interest and advanced training in:
Amber excelled at university, completing her Physiotherapy degree with first class honours at Curtin University. She maintains that commitment to her on-going education, ensuring she is providing the most up-to-date solutions and using evidence-based techniques for her patients.
Amber worked on the various wards at SJOG Hospital in Murdoch and was consistently recognised as an excellent clinician and team leader. She was promoted within SouthCare Physiotherapy and achieved the most senior position of Principal Physiotherapist, managing and mentoring the team of 35 Physiotherapists.
She has vast experience, with a wide range of the community with previous involvement with Perth Glory Women's Soccer team and The Centre for Cerebral Palsy (where she was based for her Honours research). Amber continues to share her education and experience providing mentoring for recently graduated Physiotherapists, as well as supervision of physiotherapy students from both Notre Dame and Curtin University.
Amber has additional qualifications in Dry Needling ('acupuncture') and holds a current WA Radiological Council Laser License. She has professional memberships to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, as well as additional affiliations to their Sports Physiotherapy, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Continence & Women's Health and Physiotherapy Business branches. She is an active member of Sports Medicine Australia, providing lectures for sports trainers and coaches throughout WA.
Amber is also a qualified Clinical Pilates Instructor. She has completed Lifecare's comprehensive post-graduate 500hr (one year) course and has been offerring Pilates as a complete rehabilitaion program for a number of years. She is experienced in providing Pilates for patients with musculoskeletal pain, surgical rehabilitation, postnatal mums, sporting teenagers and those clients wanting to improve their posture and strength.
Amber works closely with our Personal Trainers to assist in planning exercise programs designed by Mint. She is the Clinical Director and a co-founder of Mint WellBeing.
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy | LifeCare Pilates Instructor Cert (500hrs) | Adv Cert Acupuncture
Sports Medicine Australia | Australian Physiotherapy Association | Sports Physiotherapy Association | Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association