Vestibular Rehab Redding, CA

Vestibular Rehab

Where does vertigo and dizziness come from?

Dizziness has many possible causes, including inner ear disturbance, motion sickness and medication effects.  Sometimes it’s caused by an underlying health condition, such as poor circulation, infection or injury.  The way dizziness makes you feel and your triggers provide clues for possible causes.  How long the dizziness lasts and any other symptoms you have also help pinpoint the cause.

Dizziness is often a result of vertigo as well.  The most common cause of vertigo and vertigo-related dizziness is BPPV (“Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo”).  Benign because the symptoms are not life threatening.  Paroxysmal means that the symptoms come and go.  Positional because symptoms are related to the position of your head as you move, such as when rolling out of bed or when looking up or down.

Vertigo is believed to happen if the tiny crystals that are located in your inner ear become dislodged. This displacement leads to bouts of extreme disorientation when you move your head.

The causes of the inner ear disruptions resulting in dizziness or vertigo aren’t always known. Sometimes a head injury is the obvious culprit, while other times migraines, prolonged periods of lying down or even medication may result in the conditions. 

What are the main symptoms?

Almost everyone has experienced dizziness at some point. It’s a feeling of disorientation, combined with not being sure you can stay upright or think clearly. Vertigo tends to have all of those symptoms, with the added challenges of feeling as if you’re being spun around, or even shaken. Both sensations make it extremely difficult to even move slightly, let alone drive or perform routine tasks.

How does vestibular therapy help?

Vestibular therapy is a form of physical therapy that is geared specifically to inner ear disorders. First, you’ll receive a complete evaluation. After all, dizziness and vertigo can impede people in many different ways, so it’s important to determine exactly how the problem is affecting your balance and movement.

Our highly trained team of physical therapists will evaluate a number of factors, including reflexes, balance, leg strength and overall habits of movement. This allows us to put together an individualized treatment plan for you.

In many cases, patients receive instant relief from specialized head movements. These gentle adjustments are designed to dislodge crystals, when the problem is vertigo, or simply re-orient your senses, as with general dizziness. One or two sessions can often resolve the problem.

If additional treatment is needed, coordination and balance exercises will be part of your vestibular therapy. This training is devised to give you confidence in your ability to move without falling or stumbling, while also decreasing the symptoms of the vertigo or dizziness. In addition, the therapy will teach you how to maintain this ability on your own, which diminishes the risk of injury if future bouts of vertigo or dizziness occur.

Our expert physical therapists have years of training in movement and balance analysis. Come in today for a free balance and fall prevention screening with one of our vestibular therapy specialists. For more information, Contact us at Redding, CA center.


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