Dizziness can be stubborn – what you need to know

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Dizziness is common, and can affect 20-30% of people in their lifetime. Vestibular problems are often the cause. Whether you’re experiencing dizziness for the first time or have reoccurring symptoms – we can help.

On September 23rd, I joined Vestibular Physiotherapist Sheelah Woodhouse, for an online webinar about dizziness and how vestibular therapy can be an effective form of treatment.

Below are some key takeaways from my conversation with Sheelah. Play the video above if you’re interested in watching the full webinar.

3 key takeaways

What is vestibular rehabilitation?

The vestibular system includes the organs that we have in the inner ear to sense head movement and position, plus the parts of the brain that process that information. Vestibular rehabilitation is well-researched and leverages a variety of techniques proven to reduce or eliminate symptoms and get you back to life.

Why do my symptoms reoccur?

It really depends on your diagnosis or condition. Some are naturally episodic or have a tendency to reoccur. Some conditions also require determination and persistence on your part to optimize and maintain your recovery. Whether this is your first experience with dizziness, vertigo or balance issues or a reoccurrence, vestibular therapists are equipped to guide you toward recovery.

What can I do?

For most people experiencing dizziness, vertigo or balance issues, a vestibular assessment is a great place to start. However, if the symptoms you are experiencing are new or you have never spoken to your doctor about them, we suggest you start there as not all dizziness is vestibular related.

If you’ve tried vestibular rehabilitation before, you may need to get back to treatment. Be sure to communicate with your therapist. Be honest about what worked or didn’t work in the past. Your input and dedication to your rehabilitation are key to successful recovery.

Watch out for another Q&A blog post coming next week which will answer many additional questions about dizziness and vestibular therapy.

To learn more about vestibular rehabilitation, check out our services page. If you’re interested in booking an assessment with a vestibular therapist, find a clinic near you and book online.

This blog post originally appeared on Lifemark.ca and was written by Krista McIntyre, National Director of Program Development, Specialty Services.

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