05/07/2022 in News

Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD)


PPPD, also previously known as chronic subjective vertigo, psychogenic vertigo, and functional dizziness. It is a problem that causes dizziness and/ or unsteadiness for 3 months or more. Symptoms are present most days and can increase and decrease throughout the day.


PPPD often develops after an event, such as an episode of dizziness or after any other illness, or stressful event. During the initial event, your body reacts and as symptoms setting down, that initial reaction should go away. However, with PPPD the initial reaction doesn’t settle down, and instead of fully recovering, the brain stays on high alert and over-reacts. This is your nervous system not recovering entirely.


The result is a feeling of swaying/ rocking in the head and being very reliant on your vision for information about what is going on. The brain software is not working well; the hardware is ok. This conditioned behaviour has led to symptoms most of the time. This cycle can be broken with treatment.