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Balance & Vestibular Rehabitation

Feeling Dizzy Lately? Physiotherapy Can Help

Have you noticed yourself getting lightheaded and having to grab onto furniture or lean against a wall to steady your body throughout the day? Your dizziness might be caused by a balance problem! 

Here at Lake Country Physiotherapy in Orillia, our therapists are trained to handle balance issues and vestibular rehabilitation. They can perform a thorough evaluation to recognize common vestibular conditions, and to provide treatment to effectively alleviate symptoms. 

Contact our Orillia office today to set up an appointment and learn more about your vestibular rehabilitation treatment options! 

Symptoms and Causes of Dizziness and Vertigo 

Dizziness is a term used to describe everything from feeling faint or lightheaded to feeling weak or unsteady. Another common term you may have heard before is vertigo, or the sense that you or your surroundings are spinning around. Both of these issues affect your balance and ability to stay standing still and upright. 

Vertigo and dizziness are two of the most common reasons adults seek medical help, right up there with back pain and headaches. A few reasons for balance issues are as follows:

  • Inner ear problems related to the vestibular system
  • Aging
  • Lack of physical activity/movement
  • Stroke
  • Arthritis

Feeling dizzy throughout the day as you try to work and get things done can be extremely disorienting, however, dizziness rarely means that you have a life-threatening condition. The good news is that Lake Country Physiotherapy can help!

How Vestibular Rehabilitation Can Treat Your Balance Problem

Treatment of dizziness depends on the cause and your symptoms, but is usually very effective. About 50% of all dizziness is inner ear-related. The balance portion of the inner ear is called the vestibular system. 

The vestibular system gives our brains vital information about how we move and how our heads are positioned. It’s also involved with motor functions controlling our overall balance, stability, and posture. It’s no surprise that if our vestibular system is thrown off, everything else will be as well!

The main goals of vestibular rehabilitation therapy are to:

  • Enhance gaze stability
  • Increase postural stability
  • Eliminate vertigo
  • Improve activities of daily living

Your physiotherapist will do a full evaluation of your joints, muscles, coordination, posture, inner ears, and eye-tracking capabilities. This way they’ll be able to pinpoint the exact issue affecting your balance.

From there, your physiotherapist will be able to prescribe a treatment plan of specific exercises, targeted stretches and movement techniques to improve and strengthen your vestibular system, and get your balance, flexibility, and posture back in alignment.

Contact Lake Country Physiotherapy!

Stop your world from spinning today. Contact our Orillia office today to learn more about our vestibular rehabilitation solutions, and let us help you restore your balance.