BALANCE AND MOBILITY

If you have problems with balance, dizziness or at a risk for falling, we can help you return to the activities you love with confidence.
NeuroCom's® Balance Master computerized balance assessment provide objective assessment and retraining of the sensory and voluntary motor control of balance. With visual biofeedback on either a stable or unstable support surface and in a stable or dynamic visual environment, the clinician can assess patients performing tasks ranging from essential daily living activities through high-level athletic skills. The objective data aids in the design of effective treatment and/or training programs focused on the specific sensory and motor components underlying a patient's functional limitations.

PHYSICAL THERAPY IS IDEAL FOR DIZZINESS & VERTIGO

We’ve all had the sensation of being dizzy – as if you can’t focus, can’t see straight, and can’t stand upright without swaying or falling. You may even experience “tunnel vision,” where your peripheral vision goes dark for a few seconds.

Dizziness is common and can have many causes. Vertigo, however, is a little different. While dizziness is typically synonymous with “lightheadedness,” which creates the illusion of being unsteady, vertigo is typically a response to a physiological factor that is causing a quite literal imbalance in your body. Those experiencing vertigo have reported feeling as if they are “rocking” or “spinning,” even when they are sitting still.

Physical therapy for dizziness and vertigo is a common and effective course of treatment. For inquiries regarding vertigo testing, don’t hesitate to contact us at Lakeway Aquatic Physical Therapy and Wellness center.  . If you’ve been feeling dizzy, or you think you may have some of the symptoms of vertigo, contact Fyzical Franklin today to schedule an appointment.

Dizziness: Causes and Symptoms

Just a few of the many factors that can lead to dizziness include lack of sleep, poor nutrition, overexertion, or a physical ailment, such as a head cold or the flu. Dizziness can also occur from something as simple as standing up too quickly after an extended period of rest. Some accompanying symptoms to dizziness may include:

  • Loss of balance

  • Lightheadedness or heavy-headedness

  • Momentarily impaired vision (i.e. tunnel vision)

  • Feeling woozy or faint

 

Vertigo: Causes and Symptoms

The causes of vertigo aren’t nearly as many. In fact, vertigo is most commonly caused by an imbalance in the inner ear, also known as the “vestibular system.” Your vestibular system helps you maintain your balance and center of gravity by sending messages to your brain regarding your movement. When this is impaired, the necessary messages become blocked from your brain, and your movement becomes affected. You may feel as if the world is spinning around you, you can’t focus your vision for prolonged periods of time, or you can’t stand/move properly without feeling like you are going to topple over.

 

Some common causes of vertigo include:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This is the most common cause of vertigo. It occurs when the tiny calcium crystals located in your ears break apart and move around to different parts of the ear, where they are not supposed to be. This can cause sudden spinning sensations (vertigo) and inner-ear discomfort.

  • Meniere’s disease. This occurs when fluid builds up in your ear(s). This typically includes “ringing” in your ear and sudden waves of intense dizziness that may last for hours. You may also experience momentary hearing losses.

  • Vestibular neuritis. This is an inner-ear infection that can cause vertigo.

  • Migraines. Migraines can impact your vestibular system, thus causing episodes of vertigo which may be coupled with sensitivity to light or sound. Vision may also be impaired.

  • Stroke. A stroke affects movement in your whole body. If you recently suffered a stroke, you may experience waves of vertigo which may linger for extended periods of time.

Some accompanying symptoms to vertigo may also include:

  • Inability to focus or remain alert

  • Double vision

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Arm or leg weakness

  • Difficulty seeing or speaking

  • Sweating

  • Abnormal eye movements

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