Matthew Wright-Smith is trained in vestibular rehabilitation therapy and offers various remedies and treatments for vertigo and dizziness depending on the cause and diagnosis. If you live in Langley or Greater Vancouver and are looking for professional vestibular rehabilitation therapist, contact HealthX today!
WHAT IS VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION?
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is an exercise program that treats issues patients may have with vertigo and dizziness. Treatment may simply involve specific positioning maneuvers to drain crystals in the inner ear or you may require a series of exercises such as Habituation, Gaze Stabilization, or Balance Training. The end goal of Vestibular Rehabilitation is to help speed up the body’s compensation process that takes place once the Vestibular System is damaged. If you would like to read more about Vestibular Rehabilitation, click here.
If you think you suffer from Vertigo or Vestibular System Damage, you may experience the following symptoms:
- A feeling of being unbalanced or pulled to one direction
- Ringing in the ears
- Nausea & vomiting.
Vertigo, dizziness and balance problems account for about 5-10% of all physician visits. It is also the number one reason for physician visits in those over 65 years old. Vestibular physiotherapy can help diminish dizziness and balance problems, and its treatment efficacy can be determined within 3-4 visits. This treatment utilizes careful assessment, specialized techniques and specific vestibular rehabilitation exercise.
CAUSES OF VERTIGO & DIZZINESS
BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTICAL (BPPV)
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a vestibular disorder arising in the inner ear which is caused when a collection of calcium particles bunch in the inner ear canals. Its symptoms are repeated episodes of positional vertigo – a spinning sensation caused by changes in the position of the head. BPPV is the most common cause of the symptoms of vertigo. For more information about BPPV, click here.
Meniere’s Disease is another common cause of vertigo & dizziness and occurs when there is a buildup of fluid that can have effects on hearing and balance. Some symptoms of Meniere’s Disease include ringing in the ear (Tinnitus), hearing loss, and vertigo and is common in individuals between the ages 40-60 years old. Unfortunately there is no cure for Meniere’s disease but symptoms can be improved by adhering to diet changes such as eliminating simple sugars, caffeine and alcohol and reducing salt intake.
If you are in need of treatment, Schedule an appointment with one of our trained Therapists today.