Dizziness and loss of equilibrium arise in adults when their vestibular system is disrupted. The vestibular system is located in the inner ear and is a vital system for balance and a vertical sense of position. It assists in properly coordinating your muscle movements and helps keep your body in an upright position. When there is a defect in your vestibular system you will experience movement-related dizziness, imbalance, or vertigo, which is the feeling that you or the environment around you is moving. This constant sense of imbalance or disequilibrium could be described as spinning or light-headedness and can happen suddenly or gradually over an extended amount of time. Some symptoms last seconds or minutes, but some adults experience extreme imbalance for hours or days at the time. Balance and vestibular deficits are a major medical worry, and the resulting effects of an untreated balance disorder can be overwhelming.
At 4 Oaks Physical Therapy, we have treatment plans that successfully treat the problems and restore your quality of life. With vestibular physical therapy, we use balance retraining to decrease dizziness, help your body compensate for inner ear disorders, increase general activity levels, improve visual motor control and improve your overall balance.
Vestibular Physical Therapy Treatments We Use
We offer non-invasive and drug-free treatment plans that are extremely effective in treating vestibular deficits. Depending on the cause of the imbalance dictates the best type of treatment. The different treatments may be used together or separate and include canalith repositioning maneuvers, balance training, fall prevention education, general conditioning and strengthening, VOR adaptation or habituation exercises, manual intervention, gait training, and relaxation techniques.
At 4 Oaks Physical Therapy, our highly qualified therapists will work with you to design a vestibular treatment plan that is personalized for your specific symptoms. The therapist will then provide one-on-one care while you both execute the designed plan that will include various movement and exercise routines.
Types of Vestibular Conditions Diagnosis We Commonly Treat
We provide physical therapy for musculoskeletal or neurologic disorders that result in dizziness or balance problems, but we also use physical therapy to treat other vestibular disturbances such as:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular Neuritis/Labrynthitis
- Migraine Associated vertigo (MAV)
- Post-Concussion Syndrome
- Motion Sensitivity
- Meniere’s Disease
What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) results in periods of dizziness and is among the most common causes of vertigo. These symptoms often occur when the patient moves the position of their head. Although BPPV is rarely serious on its own, it can be dangerous if your balance is affected enough to create risk of falls.
4 Oaks Physical Therapy treats patients experiencing vestibular symptoms in the Baltimore-Washington area at our Catonsville and Columbia locations. For more information, please contact us.