Are you suffering from Dizziness, Tinnitis, Headaches, Vertigo, an/or other painful and disorienting symptoms of Vestibular Conditions and loss of equalibrium?
WE CAN HELP! After we perform a thorough and extensive evaluation to determine your condition and symptoms, we will design a special Vestibular Therapy Program just for you. Often, this program consists of manual therapy and therapeutic exercise to the cervical spine coupled with vestibular exercises - designed to promote central nervous system compensation for deficits your condition may be causing.
Our ultimate goal in your Vestibular Rehabilitation Program is to retrain the brain to recognize, process and coordinate incoming signals from all four systems that control equilibrium - Inner Ear, Vision, Poprioception (touch sensors in feet, trunk and spine), and your cervical spine (neck). You will feel better, and reduce the symptoms you have been struggling with.
Schedule an evaluation with us so we can get you feeling better as soon as possible.
Common Conditions We Treat for Vestibular conditions:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular Hypofunction (secondary to Meniere’s, labrynthitis, vestibular neuritis, ototoxicity, sinus infection)
- Vertigo: Spinning or whirling sensation; an illusion of movement of self or the world
- Dizziness: Lightheaded, floating, or rocking
- Balance deficits
Vestibular Balance Test with laser alignment at Belmar Physical Therapy in Lakewood CO
When Should I Come Into Physical Therapy?
As soon as possible! The central nervous system quickly adapts to the abnormal input from the balance systems, making it more difficult to recover the longer you wait for treatment. It is important to address the impairments as soon as possible.
Why Am I Dizzy?
There are many different causes of dizziness and vertigo and in order to effectively treat it, it is crucial that the root of the symptoms be determined. In order to fully understand this, it is important to go over some anatomy.
There are 4 main systems that control our equilibrium: inner ear (vestibular system), vision, proprioception (touch sensors in feet, trunk and spine) and your cervical spine (neck). All of these systems give info to your brain about where your body is in space. When one or more of these systems are damaged or affected, the brain can no longer rely on them for accurate information. This often results in dizziness, vertigo and balance deficits.
It helps to make sense of this by using the example of motion sickness. When you are driving a car, your sensory system and your vestibular system (inner ear) tell your brain that you are not moving. However, your visual system says that you are moving. People that suffer from motion sickness cannot adequately sort out this information and the result is nausea or dizziness.
What About BPPV?
BPPV is the most common type of vertigo and is when the otoconia (little crystals/stones) in your inner ear are dislodged. When this happens, false signals about your body’s position awareness are sent to your brain resulting in severe vertigo. The classic symptoms are transient spinning and nausea that typically worse with rolling over in bed and quick head movements. This condition can be quickly treated in the clinic by your physical therapist by performing the Epley Maneuver to reposition the otoconia.