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Physical Therapy for Dizziness & Vertigo

How Health Loft Can Help

Vertigo is a feeling that your room or surroundings are spinning and moving around you when you are not.  This is usually a sign of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) which occurs when the tiny motion sensitive follicles that float inside your inner ear get stuck inside one of the ear’s semicircular canals.  This makes your body over-sensitive to motion and makes you lose your sense of balance.  

BPPV is most typically caused by the follicles becoming more brittle as you age.  However vertigo can also be caused by migraines, or damage to your inner ear from an accident or surgery.

BPPV is treated by a physical therapist performing the Epley and Semont maneuvers.  Both involve turning your head in certain ways, and possibly inducing a vertigo episode, to force the inner ear follicles to return to their correct position.

Health Loft Physical Therapists in Chicago are here to Help

We have found the best way for treating dizziness and vertigo requires a multi-pronged approach – exploring strength, mobility, posture, general health, and education on how to best perform your daily activities.

Physical Therapy Assessment for Dizziness & Vertigo

At Health Loft, our physical therapists begin by listening to your experiences and understanding what dizziness and vertigo symptoms you have. Then, we build an individualized approach to match your needs and work toward the result you want.

Your physical therapist will conduct a thorough physical examination. Some questions you may be asked include:

How long do your vertigo symptoms last?
Do your symptoms change when you change positions?
Are you noticing a loss of balance?
Are you experiencing a spinning sensation?

Physical therapy is a proven and effective treatment for dizziness, vertigo, and BPPV.

What you can do on your own to help:

  • Avoid quick or sudden movements that provoke vertigo
  • Avoid sleeping on the affected side
  • Try to keep your head upright during the day
  • Slowly return to provoking positions after a week of rest

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Physical Therapy Treatments we offer:

Taping

  • Kiniesio Tape
  • Rock Tape
  • Athletic Tape

Specialty Services

  • Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • Dry Needling

Manual Therapy

  • Strain/Counterstrain
  • Myofascial Release (MFR)
  • Soft Tissue Mobilization (STM)
  • Muscle Energy Techniques
  • Graston
  • Asytm Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue
  • Mobilization
  • Active Release Techniques
  • Joint Mobilizations
  • HVLA manipulation

Movement Analysis:

  • Shoulder Movement Analysis
  • Lifting Analysis

Postural Retraining

  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Work Place

Specialty Approaches

  • Maitland
  • IPA Approach
  • Mckenzie Approach

Education

  • Sport Specific Training

Exercise Program 

  • Warm-up/Cool Down Program
  • Strength/Stretching Program
  • Digital Exercise Program

For more specific advice, tips, and exercises, check out our Articles and Instagram page. To schedule an assessment of your dizziness or vertigo with one of our physical therapists in Chicago, IL you can call (312) 374 – 5399 or schedule an appointment online.

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