dizzy vertigoDizziness is defined as feeling of wooziness, unsteadiness, off balance or lightheaded.

Upon your initial evaluation your therapist will assess 3 systems that help maintain balance.

3 systems:

Sensory

  • Visual
  • Vestibular (inner ear)
  • Touch, pressure, pain (somatosensory)

Integration

  • Brainstem / brain
  • Past memories

Motor

  • Muscles
  • Nerves

After the evaluation a diagnosis and plan of care will be established to restore function and safety. The most common diagnosis we find causing falls is BPPV (benign proximal positional vertigo).

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) or dizziness is loose calcium particles in the inner ear. The loose particles create an illusion of vertigo when changing head positions causing dysequilibrium and off balance feeling.

Treatment for vestibular rehabilitation consist of:

Multi-sensory treatment of the inner ear dysfunction and associated functional deficits. Our rehab will include exercises that combined specific head and body movements with eye exercises.

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