Physical Therapy is Ideal for Dizziness and Vertigo
Get Relief from Dizziness and Vertigo with Physical Therapy Treatments
Dizziness is common and can have many causes. Vertigo, however, is a little different. While dizziness is typically synonymous with “lightheadedness,” which creates the illusion of being unsteady, vertigo is typically a response to a physiological factor that is causing a literal imbalance in your body.
We’ve all had the sensation of being dizzy – as if you can’t focus, can’t see straight, can’t stand upright without swaying or falling. You may even experience “tunnel vision,” where your peripheral vision goes dark for a few seconds.
Those experiencing vertigo have reported feeling as if they are “rocking” or “spinning,” even when they are sitting still. If you are in Fort Wayne, IN living with dizziness or vertigo, don’t hesitate to contact ProTailored Physical Therapy today.
Why am I so dizzy?
A few of the many factors that can lead to dizziness include lack of sleep, poor nutrition, overexertion, or a physical ailment, such as a head cold or the flu.
Dizziness can also occur from something as simple as standing up too quickly after an extended period of rest. Some accompanying symptoms to dizziness may include:
- Lightheadedness or heavy-headedness
- Momentarily impaired vision (i.e. tunnel vision)
- Feeling woozy or faint
- Loss of balance
Am I experiencing vertigo?
Vertigo is most commonly caused by an imbalance in the inner ear, also known as the “vestibular system.” Your vestibular system helps you maintain your balance and center of gravity by sending messages to your brain regarding your movement. When this is impaired, the necessary messages become blocked from your brain, and your movement becomes affected.
You may feel as if the world is spinning around you, you can’t focus your vision for prolonged periods of time, or you can’t stand/move properly without feeling like you are going to topple over. Some common causes of vertigo include:
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
This is the most common cause of vertigo. It occurs when the tiny calcium crystals located in your ears break apart and move around to different parts of the ear, where they are not supposed to be. This can cause sudden spinning sensations (vertigo) and inner-ear discomfort.
Migraines can impact your vestibular system, thus causing episodes of vertigo which may be coupled with a sensitivity to light or sound. Vision may also be impaired.
A stroke affects movement in your whole body. If you recently suffered a stroke, you may experience waves of vertigo which may linger for extended periods of time.
This is an inner-ear infection that can cause vertigo.
This occurs when fluid builds up in your ear(s). This typically includes “ringing” in your ear and sudden waves of intense dizziness that may last for hours. You may also experience momentary hearing losses.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may be living with vertigo:
- Double vision
- Nausea or vomiting
- Inability to focus or remain alert
- Difficulty seeing or speaking
- Arm or leg weakness
- Abnormal eye movements
How will physical therapy help my dizziness and vertigo?
Both dizziness and vertigo can hinder your daily life, limiting your ability to perform even the simplest of tasks. Luckily, no matter what the cause may be, physical therapy for dizziness and vertigo can help. ProTailored Physical Therapy is very successful at diagnosing and treating both dizziness and vertigo with vestibular rehabilitation in Fort Wayne, IN.
Vestibular rehabilitation includes treatments such as the Epley maneuver and Cawthorne head exercises. The Epley maneuver allows for canalith repositioning, in order to move the broken calcium crystals in patients experiencing BPPV. Cawthorne head exercises focus on decreasing nerve sensitivity and reducing the effects of vertigo.
Common Questions Regarding Dizziness & Vertigo:
What is vertigo and what causes it?
Vertigo is the sensation of spinning when moving the head and it can be caused by a variety of factors. Such factors include head trauma, infection, lack of oxygen, or intoxication. The most common reason people experience sudden, intense vertigo is from a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV for short. No matter the cause, vertigo occurs due to a mismatch between the balance center of the inner ear and what the eyes are seeing.
What is BPPV and what causes it?
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, or BPPV for short, is a condition where the balance center in the inner ear is sending incorrect signals to the brain. There are tiny crystals in the inner ear that monitor head position. With BPPV, these crystals become dislodged and cause incorrect signals that are sent to the brain. These incorrect signals contradict what your eyes are seeing (i.e. your inner ear says your head is turning upwards when your eyes are seeing your head turn downwards). This contradiction can manifest itself as dizziness, nausea, and vertigo.
How can my vertigo be treated?
The treatment of vertigo depends on what the underlying condition is. If the vertigo is due to BPPV, a regiment of positioning techniques is recommended. These positioning techniques help reposition the dislodged crystals in the inner ear and therefore regain control of the balance center. Further techniques used to cure vertigo include habituation exercises which are designed to retrain the balance center.
How can physical therapy help with my dizziness and vertigo?
Physical therapists at ProTailored Physical Therapy are skilled at treating dizziness and vertigo through a variety of techniques. First, the therapists will complete a thorough evaluation of your condition to determine the underlying cause of your dizziness and vertigo. Next, they will design a personalized plan to reduce your symptoms. This may entail positioning techniques, habituation exercises, and walking and balance exercises.
I still feel unsteady even though my vertigo has subsided. Is this normal?
Once your initial vertigo has subsided or been treated, it is not uncommon for some people to experience some lingering unsteadiness or balance issues. The good news is that these usually resolve with time and ther recovery can be sped up with balance training. Physical therapists are experts at retraining the body’s balance system to allow for assurety and steadiness with walking, climbing stairs, and other everyday activities.
Get back on your feet today:
In Fort Wayne, IN, recovery from vertigo is only offered in select practices, ProTailored Physical Therapy being one of them. Our advanced methods and diagnostic tools have earned us a reputation as being one of the most successful Fort Wayne, IN physical therapy practices for treating dizziness and vertigo.
If you are experiencing either of these conditions, contact us to schedule an appointment today. We will help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.