Achieva Rehab: Balance and Vertigo

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BALANCE AND VERTIGO: ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST DIZZYING QUESTIONS

Dizziness, a loss of balance, and vertigo affect nearly 70 percent of all people over the age of 65. However, these conditions are not exclusive to the elderly. Those with vertigo and dizziness can experience a loss of balance, a fall, serious injury, or a withdrawal from daily activities. (Read more inside...)

I N S I D E BALANCE AND VERTIGO: ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST DIZZYING QUESTIONS HOW ARE YOUR BALANCE PROBLEMS AND VERTIGO TREATED? FUN & GAMES

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BALANCE AND VERTIGO: ANSWERS TO YOUR MOST DIZZYING QUESTIONS INSIDE: Many people have questions about their dizziness and physical imbalance that go unanswered. At Achieva Rehab, we are here to answer your questions. What is vertigo? Vertigo is a sense that the world is spinning, rocking, or rotating even though you are standing, sitting, or lying still. Vertigo often leaves you feeling disconcerted, especially when it happens suddenly. While it is sometimes a first warning sign of an impending stroke or other neurological condition, vertigo is more commonly a side effect of some medications or the result of a problem with your inner ear. What does your inner ear have to do with your sense of balance? Everything. While your inner ear is responsible for transmitting sound waves from the movement of bones in the middle ear to the auditory nerve in the brain, the semi-circular canals act as a sort of gyroscope in the body. These canals are filled with fluid and millions of hair cells called cilia that respond to your body’s position in space. When something disrupts the ability of these hair cells to react, vertigo is the result. If you believe you may be experiencing the symptoms of vertigo, don’t hesitate to contact Achieva Rehab today to speak with one of our experienced physical therapists. What do I do if I am dizzy or experiencing vertigo? If you are dizzy or experiencing vertigo, safety should be your number one concern. Every year, millions of adults fall, with one in five leading to a serious injury. In fact, with each decade after 65-years-old, the percentage of people falling jumps from 40 percent to 65 percent to 82 percent. Even if a fall does not result in a broken bone or fracture, pain resulting from a fall can make it difficult to reclaim your quality of life. If you feel dizzy • How Are Your Balance Problems And Vertigo Treated? • No Doctor Referral Necessary To Seek Physical Therapy

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or the room begins to spin, sit down in the nearest chair or lay down on the couch until the dizziness passes.

If it does not subside or if the vertigo goes away but you are still unsteady, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. At Achieva Rehab, we are dedicated to helping you relieve your dizziness and vertigo symptoms, so you can get back to living your life comfortably. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help. How are poor balance, dizziness, and vertigo diagnosed? The key to diagnosing the root cause of vertigo is found with physical therapy. Our physical therapists have the extensive knowledge needed to identify and treat the source of a patient’s balance or dizziness problems. Our non-invasive tests will help get to the root cause so an individualized treatment plan can be created for your needs. Both dizziness and vertigo can hinder your daily life, limiting your ability to perform even the simplest of tasks. Luckily, no matter what the cause may be, physical therapy for dizziness and vertigo can help. Physical therapy for dizziness and vertigo is a common and effective course of treatment. Achieva Rehab is very successful at diagnosing and treating both dizziness and vertigo with vestibular rehabilitation. Vestibular rehabilitation includes treatments such as the Epley maneuver and Cawthorne head exercises. The Epley maneuver allows for canalith repositioning, in order to move the broken calcium crystals in patients experiencing BBPV. Cawthorne head exercises focus on decreasing nerve sensitivity and reducing the effects of vertigo. RIGHT IN THE COMFORT OF YOUR OWN HOME!

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HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP YOU?

Physical therapists are experts in movement. Not only can they diagnose movement and balance problems, they can prescribe a personalized therapeutic treatment plan that can help you feel more steady, experience less dizziness, and lower your risk of falling. • Alleviate a fear of falling. A physical therapist can assess your footwear and any hazards that increase your risk of falling. They are also trained to address physical limitations that could lead to a fall. As you complete your treatment plan, you will experience greater confidence and better balance. • Mobility leads to balance which leads to strength. Using targeted exercises, your physical therapist will help you regain your ability to move about with confidence and ease. By teaching you exercises that will improve balance

as you stand still (static balance) and exercises for balance as you move (dynamic balance), you will improve muscle strength as well as your overall ability to move.

• Flexibility & Posture. People with balance issues also tend to experience joint stiffness and posture problems that contribute to dizziness and vertigo. Your physical therapist will work with you to stretch tight muscles, improve flexibility in your joints and retrain your posture which will, in turn, improve your balance. Vertigo is an unsettling experience. Fortunately, treatment is possible. With the help of a physical therapist, you can set the world right and reclaim your life.

Sources: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24018742 http://www.enttoday.org/ article/vertigo-in-the-elderly-what-does-it-mean/ http://vestibular.org/node/10 http://www.apta.org/BalanceFalls/

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Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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