Vestibular Rehab

Where do vertigo and dizziness come from? 

Dizziness usually describes the feeling that you are moving when you aren’t while vertigo usually refers to the sensation that your surroundings are moving when they aren’t. Both of these symptoms can stem from similar issues involving your vestibular system in your inner ears and your vision system. Symptoms are usually the result of a “disconnect” between these two systems but a variety of medical conditions and even neck problems can also result in dizziness and vertigo.  

The specific causes of the dysfunction or the disconnect between systems aren’t always known but head injuries, migraines, extended periods of lying down, or even medication may all result in dizziness and vertigo. 

What are those crystals in your ears that I heard about somewhere? 

Vestibular Rehab Vestibular RehabBenign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a type of vertigo where actual tiny calcium crystals dislodge and float around in your vestibular system. Usually, people will complain of dizziness when they move their head in a certain direction. It can be a very disorienting and debilitating experience but the good news is that this is the one condition treated by physical therapists where you can potentially walk away completely cured after one basic treatment technique!  

What is vestibular physical therapy? 

Vestibular rehab is a kind of physical therapy that is specifically for inner ear disorders. First, we’ll complete a comprehensive evaluation because dizziness and vertigo can impede people in many different ways. It’s important to determine exactly how the problem is affecting your balance and movement as well as to determine the source of your symptoms. 

At BodyGears Physical Therapy, we evaluate a number of factors including your reflexes, balance, leg strength, neck movements, cranial nerves, postures, and overall movement patterns. This analysis allows us to create a treatment plan individualized to you and your goals. 

Coordination and balance exercises are usually a core component of vestibular rehab. These exercises are designed to give you confidence in your ability to move without falling or stumbling, while also decreasing the symptoms you experience during those movements. In addition, we’ll teach you how to manage any symptoms you might encounter in the future as well as prevent future episodes from occurring.  

Our expert physical therapists have years of training in movement and balance analysis. Request Free Consult or Contact Us Today at Chicago Lincoln Park, Oak Brook, Oak Park, & Winnetka, IL Centers for a free balance and falls prevention screening with one of our vestibular therapy specialists.