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FIND BALANCE BY RELIEVING YOUR DIZZINESS & VERTIGO
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Did You Know You Have Direct Access To Physical Therapy? Whether you want to come in for a check-up, suffered a recent injury or you want to improve your health, a physician referral is not needed. Direct Access allows us to treat clients for 30 days without a physician’s referral. Justa fewof themany factors thatcan lead todizziness include lackofsleep, poornutrition,overexertion,oraphysicalailment,suchasaheadcoldor 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 The causes of vertigo aren’t nearly as vast. 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’ll topple over. Some common causes of vertigo include: • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). This is themostcommon 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 that they are not supposed to be in. 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” sounds in the inner-ear and sudden waves of vertigo 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 sensitivities 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.
Balance is a big deal in our everyday world, but we take it for granted. Just think how long it took you to master walking, running, and jumping as a child. Your balance system is incredibly complex, and allows you to walk around over steps, and obstacles without thinking. However, when balance is affected, it can be difficult to perform daily tasks and activities you enjoy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Thirty million older adults fall each year—resulting in about 30,000 deaths. Each year, 3 million older adults are treated for a fall injury. One out of every five falls causes a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury.” Dizziness and vertigo are common reasons why someone may experience issues with balance or sustain an unexpected fall. We’ve all had the sensation of being dizzy - as if you can’t focus, can’t see straight, 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 courseoftreatment.For inquiriesregardingvertigotesting,don’thesitate to contact FYZICAL. If you’ve been feeling dizzy, or you think you may have some of the symptoms of vertigo, call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physical therapists.
WHY IS MY BALANCE COMPROMISED BY DIZZINESS?
Some accompanying symptoms to vertigo may include: • Inability to focus or remain alert. • Double vision.
• Nausea or vomiting. • Arm or leg weakness. • Difficulty seeing or speaking. • Sweating. • Abnormal eye movements.
Dr. Jenna was recently accepted to Doctors For Dancers. Doctors for Dancers provides specialized athletes with resources to find a variety of health options for Dancers and Performing Artists. These Dance Specialists understand what dancers bodies go through so the specialized athletes can find the help they need. Discover more about this organization by visiting www. doctorsfordancers.com. How will physical therapy help? Dizziness and vertigo can both hinder your balance, 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. FYZICAL has some of the most advanced techniques for diagnosing and treating both dizziness and vertigo, including vestibular rehabilitation and videonystagmography. Vestibularrehabilitation includestreatmentssuchastheEpleymaneuver, which allows for canalith repositioning to move the broken calcium crystals in patients experiencing BPPV, as well as Cawthorne head exercises, which focus on decreasing nerve sensitivity and improving vertigo. Videonystagmography is a highly specialized diagnostic tool for testing inner ear functions. This test determines whether your dizziness or vertigo is being caused by a vestibular disease, and it is the only test available that can decipher whether there is a vestibular loss in one or both ears. It is a non-invasive test that uses infrared goggles to record a patient’s eye movements, thus determining how well the patient is able to react to visual stimuli responses that are being sent from the vestibular system. Physical therapy is very important to strengthening joints and learning the right exercises to relieve dizziness and vertigo, in order to improve balance. A professional can help you develop a program that plays into your strengths while increasing your ability to balance and reduce bouts of unsteadiness. Contact FYZICAL today to get started! Sources: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dizziness/symptoms- causes/syc-20371787 https://www.moveforwardpt.com/SymptomsConditionsDetail. aspx?cid=8faba487-14c0-482e-9280-c655e1776ebe https://www.google.com/search?q=cdc+balance+statistics&oq=cdc+balance+ statistics&aqs=chrome..69i57.3980j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 PRACTICE NEWS
INFRARED GOGGLES CAN BE USED TO DIAGNOSE VESTIBULAR DISORDERS VestibularRehabilitation,which isa formofBalanceRetrainingTherapy, has emerged over the past several years as an alternative treatment for patients with chronic non-resolved motion intolerance, visual sensitivity, and imbalance problems. Patients get better and return to normal lives because of this treatment. The history and how of vestibular rehabilitation are important keys to knowing why therapy works and what therapy type will be most successful. One way of treating vestibular disorders is with infrared goggles. Infrared goggles are used as a state of the art camera technology, which allows the trained specialist to accurately diagnose a variety of vertigo and disequilibrium disorders in patients who struggle with imbalance and dizziness. With this technology Fyzical can accurately diagnose Vestibulardisordersanddesignspecialized treatmentplans to facilitate quick stability outcomes. We explain in detail with the use of an ear model all clinical findings and treatment plan to get patients feeling more stable and eliminate dizziness.
PATIENT SUCCESS SPOTLIGHT
They are always looking for ways to improve their services! "This group of skilled professionals have helpedme through 4 major surgeries, a few episodes of vertigo, and intestinal problems I have had for years. They are always looking for ways to improve their services, the latest being the “Bemer.” It is pulsed electromagnetic field therapy which has a multitude of benefits. If you would like to be treated like family please call for an appointment. You will not be disappointed.” - Ann
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Dr. Christy Dills, DPT Myname isDr.ChristyDills,DPT,and I joinedthe staff of FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers in 2015. I attended Slippery Rock University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 2007 and my Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010.
SINGLE LEG STANCE - FORWARD Stand on one leg and maintain your balance. Next, hold your leg out in front of your body. Then return to original position. Maintain a slightly bent knee on the stance side. EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Improves Balance www.simpleset.net Exercisescopyrightof I spent my first five years as a Physical Therapist in the subacute Hospital/SNF setting, and have a total of 9 years clinical experience in treating patients with Vestibular and Balance Disorders. Over my 10 years of practice I have accumulated more than 60 hours of post-graduate education and training in the Vestibular and Balance Systems. I have studied under Vestibular specialists Richard Clendaniel, Susan Whitney and Brian Werner. In 2019 I completed the Level 2 Senior Balance Retrainer Course through FYZICAL, and am working towards the Master Level 3 Certification this year. Ihavebeenmarriedtomycollegesweetheart foreightyearsandam aproudmotherofthreebeautifulchildren. Ienjoybiking,swimming, and spending time with family and friends. I also love to find good deals at thrifty stores, and I truly have a passion for Physical Therapy.
INGREDIENTS • 2/3 cup milk of choice • 1/3 cup canned coconut milk, or creamer • 1 frozen banana (or sub 2/3 cup frozen coconut meat)
• 2 1/2 tsp cocoa or cacao powder • scant 1/8 tsp salt • 1/8 - 1/4 tsp pure peppermint extract • sweetener of choice, (as desired) • chocolate chips, (optional)
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