Vertigo, dizziness, spinning, wooziness, imbalance, tilting environment, off-balance, light-headedness, ear fullness, nausea, falls, motion sickness: what do these words have in common? They are all symptoms or terms that may be associated with a vestibular (inner ear) disorder.
There are many causes for dizziness, but a large percentage of cases are caused by an imbalance or loss within the peripheral vestibular system. Forty percent of people over the age of 40 experience dizziness or balance problems at some point in their lives.
Unilateral Vestibular Dysfunction
Bilateral Vestibular Dysfunction
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) – one of the most common causes of vertigo
Central Vestibular Dysfunction
Treating Vestibular Dysfunction
The clinicians evaluating and treating vestibular patients have taken additional course work through continuing education seminars and at the master's level to gain academic and clinical expertise in this area.
Because each set of symptoms and the individual's needs are different, the programs are individually designed to meet his or her specific needs.
The exercise-based program is designed to:
Decrease frequency, intensity and duration of vertigo or dizziness
Increase functional independence
Decrease related symptoms such as headaches, nausea, light-headedness, etc.
Develop compensatory strategies for coping with dizziness, disequilibrium and anxiety
The program may include:
Gaze stabilization exercises to improve your vision while the head is moving
Oculomotor (eye) exercises
Visual vestibular exercises
Dynamic and static balance exercises
Functional training / gait training
Epley's maneuver / Canalith repositioning maneuver – simple head maneuvers that can be used to prevent dizziness