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VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION

WHAT IS THE VESTIBULAR SYSTEM?

The research says that 4 out of 10 people will experience severe dizziness at some point in their life. Why? Well, there can be many different causes, but often the brain has an information processing problem. Symptoms very often begin suddenly. This could be from inner ear, low blood pressure, medications, neck (cervical) dysfunctions, neurologic conditions or more serious issues. 

Our vestibular PTs can evaluate a proper course of action to assess, treat or triage your dizziness (or balance). See below for more information.

SYMPTOMS OF VESTIBULAR ISSUES:

  • Dizziness

  • Nausea

  • Vertigo (room spinning)

  • Imbalance

  • Lightheadedness

  • ...list other symptoms...

COMMON DISORDERS THAT CAN AFFECT THE FUNCTION OF THE VESTIBULAR SYSTEM:

BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO (BPPV)

Also known as Vertigo. For many the prominent symptom that people experience is the sensation that the room is spinning. This is a condition that affects the balance centers of your inner ear from position changes of the head (e.g. turning in bed) and otoconia (crystals in the inner ear). **Great news! This is very treatable and can often be resolved in 1-2 sessions.

NECK (CERVICAL) TIGHTNESS, STIFFNESS, AND POOR POSTURE

Neck (cervical) tightness, stiffness, and posture related issues are a major cause of vestibular dysfunction. Our upper spine gives input to our position, and can cause severe dizziness. Treatment to this region is utilized when this is determined to be the cause of a patient’s symptoms.

 

OSCILLOPSIA

 

This is when you have a sense of your environment staying in constant movement (walking, biking, driving, or even when stationary). This can be treated through desensitization training.

 

GENERAL BALANCE ISSUES

 

General balance issues. Often clients that experience this typically need a home routine for improving their steadiness and preventing falls and improving walking (or a general sense of unsteadiness).

CONCUSSIONS, TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY (TBI) OR STROKE (TIA OR CVA)

 

There can be a variety of symptoms after these types of brain injuries. We work to improve concentration, visual issues, headaches and/or migraines, fatigue, dizziness, sensitivity to light and/or sounds and nausea.

QUICK TIPS:

  • Stay hydrated

  • Move slowly when changing positions

  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, caffeine 

  • Pause when you stand and wait until symptoms improve prior to moving on

  • Have your blood pressure checked! The above symptoms can be caused by a drop in blood pressure. This is called orthostatic hypotension.

HOW DOES VESTIBULAR THERAPY WORK?

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