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Feeling dizzy?

Are You Dizzy? You do NOT have to live with it

Dizziness has many causes

  • Positional Vertigo (BPPV)  is brought on by changes in head position and is easily treated with positioning maneuvers when performed by a qualified therapist.
  • Vestibular hypofunction – is dizziness or imbalance present at rest but is often made worse with movement.  Excellent prognosis and outcomes can occur with proper diagnosis and rehabilitation.
  • Cervicogenic dizziness – is dizziness associated with neck pain or sustained head positioning.  Treatment includes addressing neck mechanics, strength, and soft tissue restrictions, in addition to vestibular rehabilitation.
  • Migraine associated vertigo – it is very important to keep a journal to find your triggers.  Vestibular rehabilitation is indicated in between headaches for balance issues and dizziness.
  • Post-Concussive Syndrome – sensory modifications are important; positioning maneuvers like those used with positional vertigo (BPPV) may be indicated.  There are often soft tissue restrictions involved as well.  Often, individuals with post concussive presentation require extended periods of time for recovery depending on the severity of the concussion.
  • Central nervous system issues (dizziness related to a stroke, MS, brain injury or Parkinson’s disease) – individuals with dizziness related to this diagnosis category greatly benefit from balance training and central compensation to maximize safe functional mobility.

Vestibular rehabilitation is a comprehensive treatment program for treating vertigo, dizziness, and balance disorders.  A thorough evaluation performed by a physical therapist with advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation to determine the cause of the dizziness is vitally important to developing an individualized treatment plan.   Dizziness and vertigo can often be resolved within a few physical therapy sessions after the cause is appropriately identified.  Kristin Zwemer specializes in vestibular therapy.  Contact Kristin at Harmony in Motion for more information.


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