Vertigo & Dizziness

Vertigo & Dizziness Treatment Alexandria,VA

WHERE DOES VERTIGO AND DIZZINESS COME FROM?

Whether you experience them independently or at the same time, dizziness and vertigo both stem from similar issues involving your inner ear and your vision tracking systems. Dizziness stems from a “disconnect” between these systems and your joints and muscles. Vertigo is believed to happen if the tiny crystals that are located in your inner ear become dislodged. This displacement leads to bouts of extreme disorientation when you move your head.

The causes of the inner ear disruptions resulting in dizziness or vertigo aren’t always known. Common culprits that can cause vestibular dysfunction are head injuries, migraines, prolonged periods of lying down, and sometimes medication side effects.

 

WHAT ARE THE MAIN SYMPTOMS?

Almost everyone has experienced dizziness at some point. It’s a feeling of disorientation, combined with not being sure you can stay upright or think clearly. Vertigo tends to have all of those symptoms, with the added challenges of feeling as if you’re being spun around, or even shaken. Both sensations make it extremely difficult to even move slightly, let alone drive, read, or perform routine tasks.

 

HOW DOES VESTIBULAR THERAPY HELP?

Vestibular therapy is a kind of physical therapy that is geared specifically to inner ear disorders.  Your vestibular evaluation will examine your lower body strength and flexibility, reflexes, spatial awareness, proprioception or balance and your vision. Your brain receives input from your vestibular, visual, and proprioceptive or balance input. When any of these three inputs are disrupted, a vestibular problem can arise.

In most cases in which you are feeling a lot of room spinning and moving symptoms, patients receive instant relief from specialized head movements. These gentle adjustments are designed to dislodge the misplaced crystals and place them in the correct ear canal. One or two sessions can often resolve the problem.

If additional treatment is needed, coordination, balance, and visual retraining exercises will be part of your vestibular therapy. This training is devised to decrease the symptoms of vertigo or dizziness and to prevent future falls. In addition, the therapy will teach you how to avoid recurrence in the future.

Our expert physical therapists have years of training in movement and balance analysis. Come in today for a free balance and fall prevention screening with one of our vestibular therapy specialists.

 

Sources

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dizziness/basics/treatment/con-20023004

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/vertigo/basics/treatment/con-20028216

http://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder/treatment/treatment-detail-page