Dizziness And Vertigo Physiotherapy Edmonton
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Physiotherapy Can Relieve Dizziness & Vertigo
Do you ever have the sensation that the world is spinning around you and you can’t seem to regain your footing? Is your dizziness interfering with your daily activities?
We’ve all felt dizzy, especially when we wake too quickly. It’s as if you can’t concentrate, see straight, or stand still without wobbling or falling. You may even have “tunnel vision,” which causes your peripheral vision to be dark for a few seconds.
Dizziness is quite common, caused by several circumstances—dizziness is always accompanied by “lightheadedness,” which creates the appearance of instability. Vertigo, on the other hand, is a unique condition! It is typically a reaction to a physiological cause that has thrown your body off balance. If you’ve ever had vertigo, you might remember feeling like you’re “rocking” or “spinning” even when you’re still! Vertigo affects people of all ages. The most common cause of middle ear disease in younger people is congenital. The key to diagnosing is distinguishing vertigo from other causes of dizziness or imbalance and distinguishing central from peripheral vertigo causes.
If you live in Downtown Edmonton or the nearby area and suffer from dizziness or vertigo, please call In Step Physical Therapy to book an appointment with one of our specialists right away. We’ll get you up and running again in no time.
Should I be worried about my dizziness or vertigo?
Most of the time, dizziness and vertigo are caused mainly by minor ailments. On the other hand, the symptoms can be quite debilitating and influence all parts of daily living. Most people who suffer from dizziness cannot operate properly and avoid specific activities, such as driving, exercising, stepping outside of the house, and taking public transportation. Work can also be impacted, with many individuals experiencing dizziness when using a computer or being exposed to bright light and increased noise. Financial strains caused by fewer work hours can strain relationships with family and friends, and many people express feelings of frustration, lack of confidence, anxiety, and sadness.
What is the cause of my dizziness?
Numerous factors can cause a person to feel dizzy. A few examples are lacking sleep, poor nutrition, overexertion, or physical diseases, such as a head cold or the flu. Rising too soon after a long rest can cause dizziness.
Some accompanying symptoms of dizziness may include:
- Loss of balance
- Feeling faint or woozy
- Momentarily impaired vision (i.e., tunnel vision)
- Lightheadedness or heavy-headedness
What are the causes and symptoms of vertigo?
An imbalance in the inner ear is the most common cause of vertigo. The vestibular system supports you in maintaining your balance and center of gravity by delivering movement-related information to your brain. When this information is hindered, your brain’s essential messages are obstructed, leading to hampered movement; this feeling is vertigo. Many people have vertigo for weeks before realizing they need to see a doctor.
People commonly say that the globe will not stop spinning or will not focus their vision for long periods. They frequently can’t stand or move adequately without feeling like they’re going to collapse! These symptoms may make people feel powerless and feeble in their bodies.
Some common causes of vertigo include:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
Benign paroxysmal position vertigo is the most common cause of vertigo. It occurs when small calcium crystals in your ears become displaced and migrate to areas of your ear where they are not supposed to be. This may cause unusual spinning sensations (vertigo) and inner-ear discomfort.
Migraine headaches can damage your vestibular system, causing dizziness and sensitivity to light or sound. Vision may be impacted as well.
- Vestibular neuritis
Vestibular neuritis is an inner-ear infection that can cause vertigo
A stroke is a neurological condition that causes paralysis across the body. If you have just had a stroke, you may have waves of vertigo that can last for an extended period.
Common signs of vertigo that you should be conscious of.
- Inability to focus or remain alert
- Nausea or vomiting
- Double vision
- Difficulty seeing or speaking
- Arm or leg weakness
- Abnormal eye movements
How effective is a physical therapy regimen practice for dizziness and vertigo
Many studies have been undertaken in the last 25 years to provide evidence for the effectiveness of vestibular physiotherapy in successfully treating people who suffer from dizziness and vertigo. Vestibular physiotherapy has been demonstrated to reduce dizziness and vertigo, enhance function, improve balance, and minimize the risk of falling. In Step Physical Therapy experts will design routines to fit the individual needs of each of our patients.
Vestibular physiotherapy exercises should be done three times daily in a home exercise program or supervised courses. It is uncertain how long a vestibular physiotherapy program will take, but progress should be noticeable within 4–6 weeks.
A variety of factors influence how long a vestibular physiotherapy program will take, and these include?
- how long have you been dizzy
- The frequency with which you perform vestibular exercises,
- The severity of your nausea symptoms
- The number of additional medical problems you have and any emotional or psychological concerns exist.
IN STEP PHYSICAL THERAPY APPROACH IN RESTORING DIZZINESS AND VERTIGO
Physical therapy in Edmonton can be an excellent treatment choice for dizziness and vertigo, especially if the symptoms are initiated or exacerbated by movement. Often, dizziness that worsens with movement is caused by the inner ear (vestibular) system. Vestibular physiotherapy is very beneficial in treating vestibular illnesses, including benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), an inner ear viral infection like (vestibular neuritis), and vestibular migraine (are a form of migraine that causes vertigo and dizziness with or without any symptoms of headache).
A physical physiotherapist with vestibular rehabilitation skills would extensively examine your dizziness and vertigo and, in many cases, determine the source of your symptoms. If your physiotherapist cannot decide on the reason for your symptoms, you will send you to a medical professional who can arrange more comprehensive tests.
Vestibular physiotherapy involves
- Habituation exercises: These are movements that gradually induce dizzy symptoms to desensitize the vestibular system to such motions. Habituation exercises should be practiced to alleviate dizzy symptoms.
- Eye—head coordination exercises should increase attention and lessen dizzy symptoms.
- Balance and gait exercises entail testing the vestibular balance system to strengthen it. They promote walking balance and confidence.
- Repositioning procedures are used to treat a kind of inner ear (vestibular) disorder known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This disorder causes many vertigo symptoms while shifting positions, such as lying down or rolling over in bed. Techniques such as the Epley technique can be used to cure BPPV successfully, but they should only be performed by a specialized physiotherapist in In Step Physical Therapy.
Dizziness and vertigo can severely disrupt your daily life, limiting your ability to perform even the most basic tasks. Physiotherapy can help you regardless of the cause of your condition. IN STEP PHYSICAL THERAPY can effectively diagnose and treat dizziness and vertigo. Contact us if you suffer from vertigo or dizziness at In Step Physical Therapy in downtown Edmonton.
How long until I improve after physiotherapy in In Step Physical Therapy
Vestibular physiotherapy for dizziness and vertigo can be quite effective, although periods might be difficult to predict. Most people require 3–4 weeks of practicing vestibular exercises safely before noticing any substantial improvement. Dizziness is usually relieved, and balance is improved within 4–6 weeks.
Treatments for diseases like BPPV are also quite successful, and only 1–3 treatments are usually necessary if physiotherapists conduct the procedures with particular vestibular physiotherapy expertise.
What can I do at home if I am experiencing this condition?
Vestibular physiotherapy consists of a personalized series of exercises completed three times each day. The workouts are personalized to each individual; you should consult with a certified physical physiotherapist specializing in vestibular rehabilitation before beginning your home exercise program.
People suffering from vestibular disorders should strive to stay as active as possible; this might be a light walk around the block with a buddy or as tolerated visits to the gym. If you become dizzy while doing anything, the symptoms should subside within 30 minutes after ending the activity. If the dizziness lasts longer than 30 minutes, the exercise was too strenuous and should be changed to reduce recovery time. It is the recuperation that is crucial.
Some home therapies for BPPV are available on the internet; however, people should not undertake these treatments at home without sufficient supervision. A physical physiotherapist who is experienced in treating BPPV can advise you on the best treatment method for your vertigo or dizziness.
Get your feet back under you today:
In Step Physical Therapist will help you recover from vertigo and dizziness. Our unique processes and diagnostic tools have helped us establish ourselves as one of downtown Edmonton’s most effective dizziness and vertigo physiotherapy clinics.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to Contact In Step Physical Therapy as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. We will aid you in regaining your footing as quickly as possible!