Dizziness is characterized by sensations of fainting or wooziness. It can make patients feel as if everything around them is spinning or moving. While the condition is treatable, it can be dangerous since it can make you lose balance and fall. Getting medical attention quickly can help you detect the underlying cause of the problem and treat it on time.
What Causes Dizziness?
Dizziness occurs when our body parts fail to work in synch to keep us balanced. Problems in the inner ear, brain, nerves or even eyes can make you feel dizzy.
The ears, central nervous system, soft tissues and eyes work together to provide your body with a sense of balance. These parts of your body send signals to the brain about how to keep your body steady. Dizziness occurs when this flow of information is disrupted due to neurological conditions, stress or inner ear disorders.
As a matter of fact, inner ear disorders are the most common cause of dizziness among adults. The vestibular system, which consists of the inner ear, is responsible for our overall balance. However, the functioning ability of the inner ear deteriorates with age or whiplash injuries causing dizziness.
Other common causes include dehydration, anxiety, motion sickness and low blood sugar.
What are the Symptoms?
The most common symptom is to feel like you are fainting. You may struggle to stand and feel the need to sit down because of the light-headedness. Different people feel dizziness in different ways, such as:
It is a common problem. You should talk to a healthcare professional as soon as you experience the symptoms. Physiotherapy is an effective treatment. It’s safe and has no side effects on the body.
How Physiotherapy Helps Manage Dizziness?
There are various physiotherapy treatments for dizziness depending on the cause. The physiotherapist first determines the exact cause based on which they recommend the best therapy for your recovery.
In acute vertigo, for instance, the inner ear ends up sending wrong information to the brain due to a sudden blow or injury to the head. The brain hence fails to understand the right position of your head and body, thereby causing the spinning sensations.
So, a vestibular physiotherapist focuses on repositioning the calcium particles in your inner ear canals. Doing so enables the inner ear to send correct signals to the brain, thereby resolving the symptoms.
Once acute vertigo settles, the physiotherapist starts vestibular rehabilitation therapy or VRT to treat the problem from its core. VRT is based on the theory that the movements causing dizziness can help relieve the problem through persistent repetition. The goal is to bombard the brain with incorrect signals so it adapts to the current flow of information from the balance organs and interprets them as the right ones.
VRT consists of a wide range of exercise programs that focus on treating inner ear disorders. Gaze stabilization exercises, balance training and habituation exercises are some of the common ones that help reduce symptoms of dizziness.
Why Choose Legend Physiotherapy Clinic?
Dizziness is not risky. But, it can make you fall suddenly or lose balance. At Legend Physiotherapy Clinic, we have experienced vestibular therapists with years of experience in this field. The therapists prepare an exercise regime based on your medical history, symptoms and cause. We guide you through each exercise and help you get back to normal life easily.