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Vestibular Rehab

Where does vertigo and dizziness come from?

Whether you experience them independently or at the same time, dizziness and vertigo both stem from similar issues involving your inner ear and your vision tracking systems. Dizziness stems from a “disconnect” between these systems and your joints and muscles. Vertigo happens when the tiny crystals in your inner ear become dislodged.  This displacement leads to bouts of extreme disorientation when you move your head.

The causes of the inner ear disruptions resulting in dizziness or vertigo aren’t always known. Sometimes a head injury is the obvious culprit, while other times migraines, prolonged periods of lying down or even medication may result in the conditions.

What are the main symptoms?

Almost everyone has experienced dizziness at some point. Dizziness is a feeling of disorientation. Vertigo combines the feelings of disorientation with a sensation of being shaken or spun around. Both sensations make it extremely difficult to even move slightly, let alone drive or perform routine tasks.

How does Vestibular therapy help?

Vestibular therapy is a kind of physical therapy that is geared specifically to inner ear disorders. First, you’ll receive a complete evaluation. After all, dizziness and vertigo can impede people in many different ways, so it’s important to determine exactly how the problem is affecting your balance and movement.

Our highly trained team of physical therapists will evaluate a number of factors, including reflexes, balance, leg strength and overall habits of movement. This allows us to put together an individualized treatment plan for you.

In many cases, patients receive instant relief from specialized head movements. These gentle adjustments are designed to dislodge crystals, when the problem is vertigo, or simply re-orient your senses, as with general dizziness. One or two sessions can often resolve the problem.

Coordination and balance exercises will be a part of your vestibular therapy program.   In addition, the therapy will teach you how to maintain this ability on your own, which diminishes the risk of injury if future bouts of vertigo or dizziness occur.

Our expert physical therapists have years of training in movement and balance analysis. Come in today for a free balance and fall prevention screening with one of our vestibular therapy specialists.

For more information, contact us today at Idaho Falls, ID.