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Vertigo - Rediscover Your Balance

Vertigo can cause you to feel dizzy, nauseous, lightheaded, and more. Find relief and regain your balance with physical therapy!


Do you find yourself getting dizzy doing everyday tasks or struggling to focus on one thing for long periods? Do you feel tired, lightheaded, or nauseous at any time of the day? If so, some of these can be signs of vertigo.


At Performance Therapy, our physical therapists can evaluate your condition and help you find relief from feeling off-balance. It can make you feel dizzy, like you’re moving or spinning. Some people also experience problems focusing their eyes or have ringing in their ears. If severe, the condition can cause sweating and even nausea or vomiting.


Our physical therapists at Performance Therapy can help relieve your symptoms and help you regain your balance. Request an appointment today to get the relief you deserve!




MOST COMMON CAUSES OF VERTIGO

Three common causes of vertigo symptoms are Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s Disease, and vestibular neuritis.


  • BPPV is essentially an inner-ear infection. This type of infection occurs when microscopic calcium particles called “canaliths” clump up in the inner ear canals. Your inner ear is responsible for sending gravitational messages to your brain regarding the movements of your body, which is how we remain balanced daily. When the inner ear canals are blocked, the correct messages cannot make it to the brain, and we become unbalanced, causing vertigo.


  • Meniere’s Disease is a disorder of the inner ear caused by a buildup of fluid and fluctuating pressures within the ear. Similar to BPPV, this fluid and pressure block messages from the inner ear canal to the brain, resulting in imbalance. As a result, Meniere’s Disease can cause tinnitus, or “a ringing of the ears,” and may even cause hearing loss in extreme cases.


  • Vestibular neuritis (labyrinthitis) is another type of inner ear infection, caused by a virus. The virus causes the inner ear and surrounding nerves to swell, resulting in difficulties with your balance due to discrepancies in the messages sent to the brain.


Although the most common causes of vertigo are due to issues with the inner ear, some less common causes of vertigo include:


  • Injury to the head or neck

  • Migraines

  • Medications

  • Stroke

  • Brain tumor


THERAPEUTIC METHODS FOR VERTIGO

Your vestibular system sends gravitational messages to your brain about your head, neck, and body movements. By focusing on balance-specific exercises, you can rebalance the vestibular system and diminish the effects of vertigo.


The Canalith repositioning maneuver, which moves calcium deposits out of the inner ear canal, is one treatment for BBPV patients. These exercises both alleviate blockage as well as allow gravitational messages to be more easily received by the brain. As the backup shrinks, the symptoms of vertigo will lessen.






SCHEDULE YOUR FREE SCREENING TODAY


Schedule a complimentary screening and start treatment with one of movement experts. Physical therapy is a standard treatment for vertigo, and our team is trained to help alleviate any symptoms you may be experiencing.


During the screening, our physical therapists will ask questions and perform tests to determine the cause(s) of your vertigo. In most cases, this evaluation will clarify what is going on and help us determine the best treatment plan.


Our team of licensed physical therapists may recommend further fall-risk testing to alleviate your condition and ensure your safety. Treatment may include specialized head and neck movement education. If you still have issues with balance after vertigo stops, your therapist can provide specific activities to address those problems.

If you have been suffering from symptoms of vertigo, contact a Performance Therapy location near you today. We will get to the root of your dizziness and determine the best treatment for your individual needs.


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