Are you struggling with dizziness? Feeling like the world is spinning even if your head is still? Have trouble focusing your eyes when reading or become car sick very easily? Then you are not alone. Episodes of vertigo, which are typically associated with vestibular disorders, affect millions every year.
Symptoms due to vestibular disorders can severely diminish the quality of life and impact all aspects of daily living. They also contribute to emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, and social isolation. Additionally, clients with vertigo may develop sedentary lifestyles in order to combat bringing on or worsening the dizziness and imbalance they suffer from. Our treatment for vertigo offered in Holmen and surrounding areas can assist in returning a person to the activities they enjoy.
Often the root cause of vertigo or vestibular disorder cannot be fully resolved. However, vestibular rehabilitation can help to treat vertigo and help to restore your ability to enjoy the activities you used to.
Vestibular Rehab is a therapy that is intended to alleviate both the primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular disorders. This program is exercise-based, primarily designed to reduce vertigo, dizziness, gaze instability, and falls.
Depending on the cause of your vertigo, your treatment may take several forms. One of the most commonly used procedures is canalith repositioning, often known as the Epley maneuver, which can relieve the symptoms of BPPV by redirecting the crystals which cause symptoms to a part of the ear where they will not cause any problems.
The procedure requires no special preparation and will simply involve holding four head and body positions for a short time with the assistance of rehabilitation experts. First, you take a reclined position and will hold your head 45 degrees toward the affected side. A rehabilitation expert will help support your head at a slight angle before you turn your head 90 degrees toward the opposite side. Next, you will roll over onto your side while looking at the floor with your head gently angled downward. Finally, you will sit up with your head at a slight downward angle in the center position. Now you will hold this position while sitting still.
The precise head movements and the amount of time you will hold these positions will depend on the location of the crystals. For example, if the ear on your left side suffers from BPPV, then the first step will involve turning your head 45 degrees to the left. After the procedure, most patients feel relief from symptoms of vertigo which rarely return, but if they do, the procedure can be repeated without any negative side effects.
In cases of vestibular neuritis, the patient may benefit from balance rehabilitation. This treatment program will help patients to retrain their brains to adapt to the changes in balance that they experience. These exercises will often involve shifting body weight while standing and learning to focus eyes on a specific object while making rapid head movements. By repeating the exercises regularly, the brain will learn to adjust to the movements which make you feel dizzy or cause a spinning sensation.
No matter what the cause of your vertigo is, our team will help to determine the appropriate treatment plan. Our team of experts understands the debilitating effects of vertigo, so we work diligently to offer appointments within 24-48 business hours. At this appointment, our specially trained physical therapists in Holmen evaluate each client and develop a customized program to assist in promoting compensation and address each person’s specific issues.