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Dizzy? You could have a vestibular dysfunction

Tuesday, June 3 2014 2:01 AM

Have you ever felt like your head was spinning—perhaps when you fell in love or took a long-awaited trip? That’s a fun feeling. But when you truly feel dizzy, it’s usually because the parts of your inner ear and brain that control balance and eye movement aren’t in synch with your visual and sensory systems.

Disease, aging and injury can damage your vestibular system, which regulates your balance and eye movements. Dizziness is one of the most common reasons adults over age 65 visit a physician; and if you have experienced the following symptoms, you may have a vestibular dysfunction:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue

This common cause of dizziness and vertigo can be treated through vestibular rehabilitation therapy, and many treatment options are available. Occupational therapy exercises that can decrease dizziness symptoms may also be beneficial. Check with your physician to see if any of these treatments might be right for you:

  • Balance exercises
  • Visual exercises to reduce motion sensitivity
  • Learning when to take breaks from over-stimulation
  • Slowly increasing activity levels
  • Finding a structured daily activity level to habituate you to routines

If you and your doctor determine you need this kind of therapy, click here to find a location near you.

Source: www.good-sam.com

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