The phenomenon is not uncommon: Someone drifts off to sleep, wakes up in the morning, sits up in bed, and suddenly the room starts spinning. And they didn't have anything to drink the night before. Really.
It may be benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. And you can blame it all on ear rocks. Yes, ear rocks.
Our ears house "rocks" made of calcium carbonate. When those get displaced for some reason, it can lead to vertigo.
It can cause dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. It is treated by relocating the displaced rocks in the inner ear. Usually, it can be treated with up to 95-percent improvement in just one or two visits.
We also work with patients experiencing general balance problems. These patients feel unsteady and off-balance, as if they are the ones spinning, not the room. We investigate their history, assess their somatosensory (muscles and joints, particularly the ankles) system, and determines the source of the problem.
To strengthen an impaired vestibular (inner ear) system or just to improve balance, we have patients perform various exercises such as walking down the hallway, turning their head side to side or up and down, balancing on one leg or on a piece of foam. We have great outcomes, often very quickly.
Melanie Frank, PT