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Vestibular Migraine

About Vestibular Migraines

What Is A Vestibular Migraine?

Vestibular migraine is a distinct type of migraine that affects the vestibular system, responsible for balance and spatial orientation. It is characterised by episodes of dizziness, vertigo, and other vestibular symptoms, often accompanied by migraine headache.

Vestibular migraine combines the symptoms of migraines with those associated with vestibular dysfunction. The vestibular symptoms may occur with or without a concurrent headache, and the severity and frequency of episodes can vary between individuals.

Vestibular Migraine Diagnosis

How Do We Diagnose A Vestibular Migraine?

The diagnosis of vestibular migraine can be challenging due to the overlap of symptoms with other vestibular disorders. A thorough evaluation and a comprehensive diagnostic approach can help healthcare professionals identify and differentiate vestibular migraine from other conditions.

Vestibular Migraine Symptoms

Dizziness & Vertigo


Headache/Migraine may precede, accompany, or follow the vestibular symptoms

Visual Disturbances

Visual disturbances such as blurred vision, visual aura (flashing lights or zigzag lines) and visual field defects

Increased Sensitivity

Increased sensitivity to motion or noise

Treating Vestibular Migraines With The Watson Headache® Approach

Vestibular Migraine Treatment

The Watson Headache® Approach focuses on addressing the underlying mechanical dysfunctions contributing to vestibular migraine. Skilled physiotherapists trained in the Watson Headache® Approach utilise specific manual techniques to assess and treat the cervical spine and related structures. These techniques aim to restore normal movement and reduce the sensitisation of the nervous system. Identifying triggers and implementing lifestyle changes can help manage vestibular migraine. In some cases, medications may be prescribed to alleviate the vestibular symptoms.

For individuals with persistent vestibular symptoms, vestibular rehabilitation therapy can be beneficial. This specialised therapy involves exercises and manoeuvres designed to improve balance, reduce dizziness, and enhance vestibular function.

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