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Becoming Increasingly Unsteady? Balance and Vestibular Problems and Treatments

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, roughly 40 percent of the United States population will experience some form of dizziness or imbalance difficulty throughout their lifetime. 

It's easy to take your balance for granted. Walking from your car to your front door is typically a piece of cake. However, when dizziness, imbalance or vertigo strikes, that can cause frustrating, long-term problems, especially if you don't get the medical help that's needed.

Discover the importance of your balance and what FYZICAL can do to help when you experience balance and vestibular problems. 

BALANCE AND VESTIBULAR PROBLEMS: WHAT ARE THEY?

Did you know that a properly functioning balance system allows you to see better when moving, identifying orientation with gravity, deciphering direction and speed of movement and making automatic postural adjustments to maintain stability? 

That's a lot. There are many causes of dizziness. That's why when you begin to experience problems, it's essential to seek medical attention from a medical professional or physical therapist whom you trust. 

What exactly are balance and vestibular problems? Here are some definitions that might help you understand better: 

  • Peripheral Vestibular Disorder - Dysfunction of the balance organs of the inner ear.
  • Central Vestibular Disorder - Dysfunction of one or more parts of the central nervous system that help process balance and spatial information. 
  • Dizziness - Sensation of lightheadedness, faintness, or unsteadiness.
  • Vertigo - Rotational, spinning component, and is the perception of movement, either of the self or surrounding objects.
  • Disequilibrium - Unsteadiness, imbalance, or loss of equilibrium that is often accompanied by spatial disorientation.
  • Balance - Ability to maintain the body's center of mass over its base of support.

Now, it is valuable to know that your body maintains balance with sensory information from the following three systems:

  • Vision
  • Proprioception (touch sensors in the feet and spine)
  • Vestibular system (inner ear)

Your sensory input from these three systems integrates and processes by the brainstem. Then, feedback messages are sent to your eyes. This helps you maintain a steady vision, along with posture and balance.

Factors from injury and disease to the aging process can affect any of your sensory systems. Psychological factors can also impair your balance.

Symptoms

If your vestibular system becomes damaged, vestibular disorders can result in the following symptoms:

The severity of vestibular disorder or imbalance problems can vary, depending on your specific condition. 

IMBALANCE AND DIZZINESS TREATMENT

You are unique; your symptoms and particular treatment will also be unique and personalized to your condition. There are multiple forms of treatment to choose from that can assist with your imbalance and dizziness. At FYZICAL, we aim to employ minimally invasive techniques while finding the root of your problem to help you receive long-term pain relief. 

Here are two options for treatment: 

Physical Therapy

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an effective treatment option to improve your symptoms of vertigo, dizziness or imbalance. This type of therapy uses specific head, body and eye exercises designed to retrain your brain. Here, your mind recognizes and processes signals from the vestibular system. In return, this coordinates with information from vision and proprioception. It is designed to alleviate both the primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular disorders. 

FYZICAL provides patients who suffer from dizziness and imbalance with VRT. Our clinical director, Renee Beard, specializes in vestibular dysfunction and rehabilitation. Beard works to diagnose the exact cause of a patient's dizziness and provides focused therapy to remedy the problem and produce long-term solutions that eliminate dizziness and imbalance. 

Our Balance and Vestibular Program will:

  • Decrease fall risk
  • Reduce dizziness
  • Improve mobility
  • Maintain independence

At-Home Remedies

Physical therapy becomes more effective when you practice self-care exercises at-home. Your physical therapist assigns VRT exercises. These exercises can be performed at a prescribed pace, along with a progressive fitness program to increase energy and reduce stress. 

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

FYZICAL's free workshops are a great introduction to the services the physical therapy center provides to its patients. The workshops help patients feel better, move better and live better. The FYZICAL team lends tips for natural healing without medications, injections and surgery.

Attendees will learn how to eliminate balance or dizziness issues without the dangerous effects of medication, injections or surgery. FYZICAL helps patients experience long-term results from their balance and vestibular problems. 

At the balance and dizziness workshop, attendees learn:

  • The Biggest Mistake Imbalance Sufferers Make
  • The Three Most Common Causes For Imbalance and Dizziness
  • Three Strategies to Reduce Balance Issues and Dizziness

Check out our upcoming Balance & Dizziness workshops:

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FYZICAL is a leading physical therapy center to transform healthcare in the North Central West Virginia area. We help our patients feel better, move better and live better.

Are you ready to tackle your imbalance problems with our balance and vestibular therapy? Give us a call today: (304) 906-7016