Feeling Dizzy?

July 12th, 2016

Dizziness, vertigo and imbalance are just a few of the symptoms you may experience with vestibular or balance disorders. You may also experience nausea, hearing changes, anxiety, fatigue or have trouble concentrating.

There are several causes and types of vestibular disorders that can be determined by your physician. A thorough evaluation will determine the type of vestibular deficit and its effect on balance, which will lead to an appropriate course of therapy.

Do you have any of these symptoms?
  • Feeling like the room is spinning
  • Dizziness when looking up
  • Fear of falling
  • Dizziness with quick head movements
  • Having trouble focusing your eyes

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then the therapy techniques offered by Rehab Unlimited experts may be able to help you.

If you are experiencing dizziness and even nausea, then you may try to overcompensate to reduce your symptoms. Over time, overcompensating could make your symptoms worse and increase the need for vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT). VRT includes:

  • Gaze-Stabilization Exercises:
    Adaptation exercise may be employed in order to help your brain adapt to new signaling from the affected vestibular system. Visual fixation on a target during head movement is a key gaze-stabilization exercise given to assist in this retraining.
  • Balance Retraining Exercises:
    When the vestibular system has been affected by vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis, the nerve signaling related to balance and walking has also changed. Balance retraining involves exercises designed to improve coordination of muscular responses as well as the organization of sensory information (from eye sight and the vestibular system) for balance control.
  • Canal Repositioning Maneuvers:
    Once the blocked canal has been identified, a canal repositioning maneuvers will be used to dislodge or reposition the debris within the affected canal.

Stop the dizziness and vertigo by seeing your doctor for a vestibular rehabilitation referral and learn more about treatment options at www.sih.net/vestibular. Ten Rehab Unlimited facilities are conveniently located throughout southern Illinois.