Posts Tagged ‘vertigo’

If You Are Dizzy…

…Keep moving!

It will be very difficult for dizzy patients to hear that they should keep doing their daily activities when their symptoms flare up. Their first instinct is to become inactive and take rest days. What will help your vestibular system is to rest until your symptoms settle down and then go back to your normal activities.

When you become active, you are training your brain to get used to different incoming signals. This in conjunction with daily vestibular exercises will help with rehabilitation of your vestibular system.

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Vertigo and 3-D Movies

As posted recently by VEDA, this article written about the 3D movie Avatar has been an interesting find in the dizzy community. As the article states, watching 3D movies can cause symptoms of dizziness, nausea and headaches, similar to those symptoms of vestibular disorders.

How are these related?  Check out the article!

http://bodyodd.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2010/02/08/2197380.aspx

Tai Chi and Balance Disorders

A recent study conducted in 2008-2009 showed that the martial art practice Tai Chi is an effective treatment for people with vestibular disorders.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an practice incorporating slow movements of the body into different postures using your own body’s coordination. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Tai Chi is helpful for those with balance disorders because it helps people concentrate on their own coordination.

http://www.medindia.net/news/Tai-Chi-Proved-Effective-Against-Dizziness-Balance-Disorders-59053-1.htm

February Vestibular Support Group Coming Soon!

Just a heads up, the next Vestibular Support Group will be taking place in February. Details will be announced soon!

The Inner Ear and Balance in 90 Seconds

Technology never ceases to amaze me. The amount of information we all have at our fingertips is astounding.

Learn more about your inner ear and how it affects your balance in this quick, 90 second video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbKU0AbbARg

Enjoy!

New Year’s Resolution: Maintain Your Sense of Balance

New Year’s Resolutions are always easy to state and hard to maintain. Lose weight, exercise every day, be nicer to your mother, the list of possibilities are endless.

One senior in Boston, Gail Hunter, came up with the right resolution in an effort to age gracefully: Exercise to maintain your sense of balance.

And she is completely correct.

Physical therapy can do wonders for dizziness and balance disorders, one of them being BPPV. Gail states some statistics in her article from VEDA that 50% of dizziness in the elderly is caused by BPPV and dizziness and imbalance are symptoms experienced by 40% of adults 40 years or older. If you are one of these individuals, therapy with a PT trained in vestibular rehabilitation can get you feeling like a million bucks! (And don’t be afraid to ask for your PTs credentials.)

Check out Gail’s full article:

http://www.examiner.com/x-28418-Boston-Senior-Wisdom-Examiner~y2009m12d21-Positive-New-Years-Resolution-8–Maintain-your-sense-of-balance-B-Steady-there

Waking up Dizzy?

Our new patients in their evaluation often tell us that the initial way that they realized that they had a vestibular disorder was that they turned over in bed and felt a wave of dizziness come over them. This is a key indicator that our patient may have BPPV. BPPV is treatable through physical therapy and through maneuvers like the Epley Maneuver.

Check out the other signs of BPPV:

  • Dizziness
  • A sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving (vertigo)
  • Lightheadedness
  • Unsteadiness
  • A loss of balance
  • Blurred vision associated with the sensation of vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/vertigo/DS00534/DSECTION=symptoms