Most causes of dizziness are treatable - whether it is addressing an underlying medical condition, changing a medication, or tuning up the sensory systems that contribute to your sense of balance, most of the time you don't have to just live with feeling dizzy.
Neurologic Physical Therapy can help treat dizziness by 1) treating the sensory systems and/or 2) helping identify an underlying medical condition and referring you to the appropriate medical provider.
The Sensory Systems:
Neurologic Physical Therapy, specifically vestibular therapy, aims to alleviate problems caused by vestibular disorders, primarily vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls through a customized exercise plan. The exercise plan is developed based on the clinical evaluation, laboratory testing and imaging studies (if available), and input from patients. Factors such as activity level, pain, other medical conditions, medications, and emotional concerns can impact the potential for recovery.
Neurologic Physical Therapy helps tune up impaired sensation - information we receive from our joints, muscles, tendons, and skin that tell us about how balanced we are and how we are moving. Sensory training can help the brain become more aware of the input the sensory nerves are trying to give it. The information is then processed more accurately and more quickly to prevent contradictions in information which can result in dizziness and becoming unsteady. Sensorimotor training has been shown to improve balance and dizziness.
Some visual issues can be treated with neurologic physical therapy. The eyes are controlled by muscles and muscles can be retrained to work more efficiently. Sometimes a referral to a trained vision therapist is necessary to compliment your neurologic physical therapy.
Seek emergency care if you also have any of the following symptoms:
Double vision or blurred vision.
Numbness, tingling or weakness in your face, arms or legs.
Slurred speech or a stiff neck.
Call It Matters today to reduce or eliminate your sense of dizziness so you can be more confident in moving about your life.
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