Vertigo, dizziness, balance problems

Vertigo – the feeling that the room is turning “spinning” or “I” am turning

When people have vertigo, they can also experience dizziness, nausea, balance problems, feeling of unsteadiness, neck pain or stiffness, and fuzzy vision.

There are two types of vertigo

Peripheral vertigo – these are the most common types of vertigo and are for the inner ear. Here are some of the conditions that are classified as peripheral vertigo:

  • Benign Positional Vertigo
  • Labyrithitis
  • Cervical Vertigo
  • Meniere’s disease

Centrally vertigo – the areas of the central nervous system that where the balance centers are located are affected. This can be from an acute condition, recurring condition or a chronic condition. Here’s is a list of some conditions that cause central vertigo:

  • Vestibular migraine
  • Motion sickness
  • Concussion
  • Cervical spine spondylosis
  • Tumors
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Stroke
  • Neuro-degenerative conditions

Diagnosis of vertigo

Assessment of the balance system, association areas and of the neck are necessary to diagnose vertigo and balance dysfunction.

Testing through platform posturography (see image below), and other advanced diagnostic modalities are extremely helpful to localize what areas of the brain are causing the dizziness.

How we can help

Many types of vertigo and dizziness respond favorably to therapy. Retraining the vestibular system and reconnecting the brain body connection through neuroplasticity is the most favorable outcome.

The types of therapy differ on the type of dizziness, but most consists of specific:

  • Occulo-motor training
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Cervical spine therapy
  • Multi-sensory training