Balance & Dizziness

Defeat Dizziness!

Dizziness and disequilibrium are common complaints reported by adults during visits to their doctors. Dizziness itself is not a disease—it is a symptom that can result from a vestibular disorder or from issues unrelated to the inner ear, such as cardiovascular, neurologic, metabolic, vision, or psychological disorders. However 85% of dizzy patients have a vestibular cause (relating to the balance organs of the inner ear).

Symptoms of vestibular dysfunction may be mild, lasting perhaps only seconds or minutes, or they may be severe, resulting in total disability. Not all symptoms will be experienced by every person and other symptoms are possible.

Common symptoms of vestibular disorders are:

  • Imbalance or unsteadiness
  • Vertigo-a spinning or whirling sensation;
  • an illusion of the self or world moving
  • Dizziness-a lightheaded, floating, or rocking sensation
    • Blurred or bouncing vision, nausea and changes in hearing
    • Problems with coordination, thinking, and memory

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program for reducing the symptoms of disequilibrium and dizziness associated with vestibular pathology (disease or neurological disorder). A common approach for managing symptoms is to prescribe medication that suppresses vestibular function. However, in the long term, such suppressants can interfere with a person’s ability to make necessary adaptations. In addition, many of these medications cause drowsiness that may limit a person’s ability to be active.

VRT is an alternative treatment involving specific exercises that can eliminate or significantly reduce symptoms by promoting central nervous system compensation for inner-ear deficits. The program is designed to achieve these goals:

  • Decrease dizziness and visual symptoms
  • Improve balance and walking functions
  • Improve general activity levels

Cervicogenic Dizziness

  • Defined as a “non specific sensation of altered orientation in space and disequilibrium originating from abnormal afferent activity from the neck.”
  • These patients do not experience a true vertigo, but describe vague dizziness and disorientation.
  • The theory behind this disorder is that there is a disruption or abnormality of the afferent input to the vestibular nuclei from damaged cervical joint proprioceptors, which results in skewed input leading to dizziness and imbalance
  • Studies indicate the best treatment is a combination of manual therapy with vestibular exercises. This combination has been found to overall reduce neck pain and dizziness and increase balance

At Progressive Physical Therapy our certified vestibular rehab therapist can help you on the road towards a normal life without dizziness and get you feeling back to your normal self again. Call us today to get rid of your dizziness and experience the results we can help you achieve.

Find Effective Relief For

  • Imbalance or unsteadiness
  • Vertigo, (a spinning or whirling sensation; an illusion of the self or world moving)
  • Dizziness (a lightheaded, floating, or rocking sensation)
  • Blurred or bouncing vision
  • Nausea
  • Problems with coordination, thinking, and memory