VERTIGO, WHAT IS IT?
Vertigo causes dizziness. Many times this inconvenience can be corrected with physical therapy.
When your doctor tells you that your vertigo problem is a treatable condition, a physical therapist can teach you the specialized exercises that reduce dizziness. These odd looking exercises promote more normalized function of the portion of the ear contributing to balance, called the semicircular canals.
The exercises are scientifically based and, when done properly, can prevent the return of vertigo. Most patients suffering from dizzy spells will do everything they can to make it go away, for good.
While recovering from vertigo, avoid postures that cause dizziness whenever possible. Looking up, such as looking up toward the top shelf of a grocery isle, can cause dizziness. Try this strategy to avoid triggering vertigo:
- Align your feet in a walkstand stance, that is with one foot [for example your right] comfortably placed in front of your back [left] foot.
- Allow your back [left] knee to bend so that it tilts your hips, midsection, and head slightly upwards. Stabilize through the upper neck by performing a gentle chin tuck that tightens the muscles just underneath the chin.
- If you must position your head to look at an even higher shelf, or to look at the ceiling, then slightly arch the low back, squeeze the shoulder blades together, and maintain the chin tuck posture while attempting to look upwards by keeping your neck in a neutral and midline position. Tightening the hip muscles help stabilize the low back region.
Practice this movement pattern a couple of times so it becomes natural and easy to recruit the entire body segment when needing to look up. Avoiding dizziness, particularly when you are on your own, must be avoided at all costs!
See your doctor to determine if physical therapy could help your vertigo. For more information on mind and body wellness, contact Cresswell Physical Therapy and Hand Rehabilitation, Inc. We have a satellite clinic located inside Sun Oaks Tennis and Fitness Center as well as our main facility at 2449 Court Street, downtown Redding. Most Insurance’s Accepted. Call us for an appointment now, (530)2447686.