Vertigo, Dizziness, and Balance
The vestibular system refers to the relationship between the brain, eyes, and inner ears relative to where the body is in space.
Some symptoms that may occur if your vestibular system is off include dizziness or vertigo, feeling unbalanced, nausea, or ringing in the ears.
As we age, our balance is compromised but we can regain balance with exercising just like we can increase strength in a muscle!
Treatment starts with identifying the cause of your dizziness and balance impairments to pinpoint where to start treatment.
Oftentimes cystals will become stuck or dislodged within the canals of the inner ear and will be the sole cause of your symptoms. The condition is balled benign paraoxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
Common conditions we treat:
-Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
-Balance deficits (history of falling)
If your condition tests positive for BPPV, then you will be treated with the Canalith Repositioning Maneuver (which includes the Eply Maneuver) and your symptoms should be resolved within only 1-2 visits.
Oftentimes a vestibular hypofunction will be present and targeted exercises are performed to strengthen the connection between your brain, eyes, and inner ears for increased balance ability. Lastly, patient education for preventing falls is important along with balance and conditioning exercises to start at home.