While balance and gait disorders are closely related, they do have some distinct differences from vertigo. According to the Mayo Clinic, balance disorders are defined as anything that causes you to feel as if you are “spinning,” or in danger of falling, even if you are sitting or standing still. Balance disorders are both physical and mental, due to the fact that your brain may think you are moving, even when you are not. Vertigo, however, is a little different. While dizziness is typically synonymous with “lightheadedness,” which creates the illusion of being unsteady, vertigo is typically a response to a physiological factor that is causing a quite literal imbalance in your body. Those experiencing vertigo have reported feeling as if they are “rocking” or “spinning,” even when they are sitting still.
Just a few of the many factors that can lead to dizziness include lack of sleep, poor nutrition, overexertion, or a physical ailment, such as a head cold or the flu. Dizziness can also occur from something as simple as standing up too quickly after an extended period of rest. Some accompanying symptoms to dizziness may include:
The causes of vertigo aren’t nearly as many. In fact, vertigo is most commonly caused by an imbalance in the inner ear, also known as the “vestibular system.” Your vestibular system helps you maintain your balance and center of gravity by sending messages to your brain regarding your movement. When this is impaired, the necessary messages become blocked from your brain, and your movement becomes affected. You may feel as if the world is spinning around you, you can’t focus your vision for prolonged periods of time, or you can’t stand/move properly without feeling like you are going to topple over. Some common causes of vertigo include:
Some accompanying symptoms to vertigo may also include:
Both dizziness and vertigo can hinder your daily life, limiting your ability to perform even the simplest of tasks. Luckily, no matter what the cause may be, physical therapy can help. New Stride Physical Therapy is very successful at diagnosing and treating both dizziness and vertigo with vestibular rehabilitation. New Stride Physical Therapy is proud to employ the only physical therapist in Corpus Christi with the distinguished Herdman Certification in Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation.
Vestibular rehabilitation includes treatments such as the Epley maneuver and habituation head exercises. The Epley maneuver allows for canalith repositioning, in order to move the broken calcium crystals in patients experiencing BBPV. Habituation head exercises focus on decreasing nerve sensitivity and reducing the effects of vertigo.
In Corpus Christi, TX recovery from vertigo is only offered in select practices. New Stride Physical Therapy is one of them. Our advanced methods and diagnostic tools have earned us a reputation for treatment for dizziness and vertigo in only one to three sessions. If you are experiencing dizziness or vertigo, call New Stride Physical Therapy for an appointment today. We will help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible.