While the prevalence of vertigo and dizziness increases with age, balance mechanism disorders are an increasing public health concern for people of all ages. Physiotherapy effectively alleviates the symptoms of vertigo, improving the overall quality of life for people with balance mechanism disorders.
What Causes Dizziness?
A healthy balance system relies on information from the brain, eyes, inner ears, and joints, enabling people to see clearly and balance during movement. Damage or problems related to parts of the brain the control balance and the inner ear can lead to difficulty balancing, dizziness, and vision problems.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is one of the common dizziness and balance disorder affecting millions around the globe. It is a disorder of the inner ear that results in episodes of intense dizziness on certain head movements. Other causes of dizziness may include concussion, cerebellar degeneration, and side effects of medication.
How Physiotherapy & Vestibular Rehabilitation Can Help?
Physiotherapy may provide an effective treatment for dizziness, depending on the root cause of the problem. A personalized treatment plan may be developed as part of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) to reduce the symptoms of vertigo, including dizziness, an illusion of motion, impaired balance, blurred vision, unsteady walking, and nausea. Headaches associated with post-concussion syndrome can also be treated via VRT.
VRT is an exercise-based program that promotes central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits. It comprises certain movements that retain the brain to identify and process signals from the vestibular system. Your customized VRT program may include the following.
- Exercises to improve eye-head coordination
- Techniques to reposition fragments in the inner ear and reduce dizziness
- Balance and gait exercises
- Exercises to enhance tolerance to visually stimulating environments
- Fitness training exercises to improve your heart health, strength, and flexibility
- Advice and education to improve function in daily activities
Chinook Rehab Centre: Providing Physiotherapy for Vertigo, Dizziness, & Balance in Calgary
At Chinook Rehab Centre, our physiotherapy team is experienced in treating people with vertigo, dizziness, balance problems, and other neurological (nervous system) problems. Our neurological vestibular rehabilitation approach is generally focused on three main types of exercises concerning vertigo treatment.
These exercises are designed to treat dizziness caused by damage to the vestibular system. In this case, the dizziness is often brought on by visual stimuli or physical movement. The exercise aims to reduce the strength and frequency of dizziness spells.
2. Balance Exercises
The balance exercise required varies from person to person, depending on the stimulus that triggers imbalance while walking. Whether you have difficulty walking inside or outside on elaborate patterns or performing other tasks, these exercises can help maintain balance.
3. Gaze Stabilization
Gaze stabilization exercises can help control eye movements, particularly while moving the head. The goal is to separate the movement of the head from the movement of the eyes to help increase eye-head coordination and reduce dizziness.
At Chinook Rehab Centre, we prioritize wellbeing and ensure a comfortable experience. We provide our patients with a wide array of specialized physiotherapy services to help alleviate symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, and balance disorders. We are equipped with the latest equipment, an in-depth understanding of modern physiotherapy for vertigo, and a state-of-the-art facility to help you get back on your feet.
Reach out for more information regarding physiotherapy services in Calgary or schedule an appointment to relieve the symptoms of vertigo and dizziness today.