Posts Tagged ‘treatment’

Reminder: Vestibular Support Group

If you are dizzy, have vertigo or a loss of balance, join us for our vestibular support group on Saturday, November 14th from 11:30am – 1:00pm. We will be joined by Dr. Julia Rahn, clinical psychologist at Flourish Studios, who will discuss the psychological challenges of living with a chronic illness, including vestibular disorders.

This support group is FREE and a great way to meet others with similar disorders and challenges. RSVP: info@balancechicago.com

Located at:

LifeStyle Physical Therapy & Balance Center

3130 N Lincoln Avenue

Chicago, IL 60657

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Holiday Shopping and Dizziness

Most people with dizziness and balance disorders have a difficult time going into large stores like WalMart, Target, Ikea because of the overload on your senses. Marketers in these stores place items by color and in specific areas to catch people’s eyes.

If you have trouble getting through a supermarket or a busy store, take resting breaks. Go to the bathroom and rest for a few minutes until your symptoms subside – it will make your trip a whole lot longer but will be beneficial for you in the end.

Why are There no Dizzy Chickens?

Because chickens can regenerate their inner ear sensory hair cells!chicken

(Remember: Balance is based on the inner ear sensory hair cells.)

Humans, though, cannot regenerate inner ear sensory hair cells. Once humans lose their hair cells (whether due to aging), they are gone!

 

Exercising Outdoors Through the Winter

Brrr, it’s cold out there!

Actually, today is pretty mild for Chicago but I imagine in the impending weeks the temperature will drop and no one will want to leave their houses until May. Well, besides a few of us year-round runners at LifeStyle, who brave the cold to get runs in outdoors rather than stare at the wall on a treadmill.

It is extremely important to take care of yourself and your body when the temperatures drop. That does not mean just bundling up, but taking care to bundle up correctly. Here are a few tips to remember:

  • Wear a warm hat and thick, warm socks and gloves. If you warm up during your exercise you can always throw the hat and gloves in your pockets or in your waistband. Without these, in cold weather, you will end up losing a lot of unnecessary body heat and your exercise will seem even colder than it is.
  • Make sure your base layer is made of dri-fit or some other moisture wicking fabric. Wearing cotton t-shirts as a base layer is not recommended because it will retain the moisture. I find that cotton shirts often leave me feeling more cold during exercise because of this.
  • Because of daylight savings time, it is now dark by the time a lot of people leave work. Make sure to wear light, reflective clothing, especially if you’re running (safely) through traffic. Make sure you also obey traffic laws in the dark!
  • Make sure to replenish your body with water after your workout. Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean that you aren’t sweating.

Vestibular Disorders on Facebook

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for other individuals who are dealing with problems similar with yours. This is one reason why we at LifeStyle started a Vestibular Support Group and why I post topics that send you away from my blog and to forums!

While perusing facebook today, I found the group page for the Vestibular Disorders Association, which is a very reliable site for information about vestibular disorders. On this facebook page, there are over 500 members, most with a balance disorder similar to yours.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Vestibular-Disorders-Association-VEDA/101876141561?ref=ts

Also, consider joining us on LifeStyle’s Facebook fan page as well. Learn health and wellness tips, find out about events at LifeStyle and learn more about vestibular disorders!

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Chicago-IL/LifeStyle-Physical-Therapy-Balance-Center/159337746404?ref=ts

Do you get Dizzy When you Stand Up?

It may be orthostatic hypotension. This is caused by a quick drop in blood pressure when one stands up and all the blood rushes towards the lower parts of the body. When this happens, a person can become dizzy, lightheaded, have blurred or dimmed vision, and may even faint.

Here are some great ways to minimize the symptoms/effects of orthostatic hypotension:

  • Standing slowly rather than quickly, as the delay can give the blood vessels more time to constrict properly. This can help avoid incidents of syncope (fainting).
  • Take a deep breath and flex your abdominal muscles while rising to maintain blood and oxygen in the brain.
  • Maintaining an elevated salt intake, through sodium supplements or electrolyte-enriched drinks. Maintaining a proper fluid intake to prevent the effects of dehydration.
  • As eating lowers blood pressure, take your food in a larger number of smaller meals. Take extra care when standing after eating.
  • When orthostatic hypotension is caused by hypovolemia due to medications, the disorder may be reversed by adjusting the dosage or by discontinuing the medication.
  • When the condition is caused by prolonged bed rest, improvement may occur by sitting up with increasing frequency each day. In some cases, physical counterpressure such as elastic hose (stockings) or whole-body inflatable suits may be required.
  • Many people who experience orthostatic hypotension are able to recognise the symptoms and quickly adopt a “squat position” to avoid falling during an episode. This is because they are usually unable to co-ordinate a return to sitting in a chair, once the episode has commenced.
  • Avoiding bodily positions that impede blood flow, such as sitting with knees up to chest or crossing legs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthostatic_hypotension

Vestibular Support Group

Join us for our next Vestibular Support Group meeting at our office in Lakeview in Chicago on Saturday, November 14th. Dr. Julia Rahn, Ph.D., will be discussing the psychological challenges of living with vestibular disorders/chronic illness.

11:30 – 12:00pm: Light refreshments

12:00 – 1:00pm: Meeting

For more information, location and to RSVP:

info@balancechicago.com or 773.525.5200