Vestibular and Balance

Dizziness is a general term to describe a feeling of being “off balanced”. It is not a medical diagnosis but actually a symptom. There are many potential medical causes of dizziness, which may include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis/labyrinthitis, central nervous system causes, Meniere’s Disease, or blood pressure issues. A thorough vestibular and visual ocular motor screen can determine a cause and lead to an appropriate treatment interventions. Some causes of dizziness can be a relatively quick fix while some may require further testing. It is best to be assessed once symptoms develop in order to have the most timely and efficient treatment prescribed. For those who don’t feel safe driving to an appointment, we are happy to come to your home for an assessment!

Balance may lead to a feeling of dizziness but may just lead to falls or near falls. Changes in balance can be a result of varying changes within one’s body and require an extensive assessment of strength, balance systems and strategies, and safety. In order to improve balance and safety, we must training a person’s nervous system at a certain amount of error and recovery to increase balance strategies, which may feel uncomfortable initially. Falls and balance impairments are a leading cause of hip fractures and can also limit individuals from going into the community and leading a healthy lifestyle. Allow us to help you improve your balance so you can continue to be as active and as safe as possible.