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  • Annmarie Throckmorton, M.A.

Physical (Psycho) Therapy For Vertigo

I remember when a psycho Australian physical therapist tested my vertigo by standing me in a wooden box, more like a furniture cabinet really. It was hand-made of beautiful, highly polished wood, with computer screens installed inside at eye-level, on the front, right, and left sides. He stood behind me and observed.

When I was standing in his box, which I had somewhat resisted as I did not know quite what he planned to do, then he set the computer screens whirling in some kind of flashing, swirling vortex pattern. I promptly fell over onto the hard, wooden floor of the cabinet; and it hurt, a lot. Luckily nothing broke, no break to my hips, hands, elbows, ankles, or head. But I was badly frightened because obviously, I could have been injured.

So when he smilingly said, "Let's try that again and see what is going on." I declined and fled.

Later when I complained about him to the hospital, the staff pretended that I was complaining that I did not like him and they ignored the fact that the problem was his unsafe, hand-made equipment, his weird wooden box that he was putting people into. The hospital just kept repeating, "Oh no, he is very well liked." And I gave up on physical therapy.

After seven decades of life it seems that I have had far too many of these true, bizarre stories. I wonder how other people's lives have been.

Vertigo In A Cabinet

by Annmarie Throckmorton 2022



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