People often talk about a feeling of unsteadiness on their feet, feeling off balance, say “I just feel like I’m on a boat and unconnected from the ground”, and some talk about a spinning sensation when they turn their head quick or lie down on a bed or couch. They’re all describing an imbalance in the nervous system and the causes of these issues can be vastly different.
Vertigo is most often described as a feeling of spinning or losing balance when moving the head.
The most common types of vertigo are:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo – a spinning sensation often when tilting head back, turning head quickly or rolling over in bed
- Vestibular Migraine – dizziness that starts within hours to minutes before migraine starts
- Meneire’s Disease – a combination of dizziness/vertigo, hearing loss and often fullness in the same ear
- Vestibular Neuronitis – a spinning or dizzy sensation that typically begins after being sick or having an ear infection
- Perilymphatic Fistula – your vestibular apparatus in your inner ear actually breaks the seal- felt often when baring down and dizziness after loud sounds. Can be caused by trauma.
Dizziness is often classified (and described) as anything where you feel unbalanced, have moments of “I feel like I’m falling”, feel “heavy” and other times where you just feel like you have to put your hands out in order to walk.
Common causes of dizziness are:
- Neurological imbalance (coordination issues usually accompany this)
- High or Low blood pressure
- Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
- Loss of feeling in the feet (neuropathy)
- Knee surgery
- Low back problems
- Chronic injuries to the body that change feedback to the brain
- Cardiovascular event
- Head trauma including concussion/traumatic brain injury and chemical or infectious injury
What sets our office apart, is our evaluation process and therapy application. You may have the same symptoms as someone else, but your findings will likely be completely different.
Specific neurological rehabilitation, head maneuvers and proprioceptive therapies aimed at stabilizing the eyes, inner ear and proprioceptive systems help to decrease symptoms and actually correct the underlying problem. If you’re not sure what the underlying problem is, please do not hesitate to call our office for an evaluation.