Did you know there are many ways and reasons that people experience unsteadiness, light-headedness, sense of floating, sense of tilt, poor balance, sense of rotation, spinning inside the head, jumping vision, or the numerous other ways people have described dizziness? People feel the room start to spin while changing positions, like bending forward to tie their shoes or rolling over in bed. Others feel woozy, tipsy, or disoriented while in a visually stimulating setting such as in a grocery store or in an airport. Others experience dizziness simply by moving their necks. The list of these experiences and causes can be attributed to many things such as concussions, whiplash, aging, viral infections, and migraines, just to name a few.
Because people are so adaptable, they often resolve that these symptoms are fixed and simply a part of life—they change their lifestyles, avoiding certain head or body movements and exercise routines to avoid inducing dizziness. Sometimes, symptoms can be so debilitating that leaving the house and driving to the grocery store feel daunting. Often people forget that this unsteadiness puts them at a higher risk for injury from falls.
Here is the good news: Physical Therapists specializing in vestibular therapy can help treat and manage dizziness in meaningful ways. After examination to determine the source of your dizziness, skilled Physical Therapists offer strategies and treatment plans to help reduce, or even eliminate, your dizziness symptoms. Even if you’ve been treated for dizziness in the past, continued exercises specific to your dizziness symptoms can help move you beyond the plateau you have been living in.
If you’re looking to form an alliance with an experienced clinician to guide you through this process, call us to schedule an appointment with Marci Skemp, DPT. Additionally, if your dizziness symptoms have plateaued after treatments, call us to see if our Steady Your Unsteady class would be a good fit for you.
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