Experiencing Dizziness and Balance Issues?

Feeling like the world is, quite literally, moving around you way too fast? It could just be due to the 20 upcoming deadlines that you are required to meet, in which case we wish you good luck! However, your dizziness and balance issues might be related to something more physical.

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is the feeling of perpetual dizziness and feeling like things are moving when they are in fact not. There are many different types and classifications, but generally they all refer to inaccurately perceived motion, and accompanying symptoms usually include nausea and vomiting.  Vertigo can be caused by a variety of things, from relatively simple motion sickness to serious neurological diseases. Prolonged periods of dizziness that last for more than a day can be a serious detriment to your quality of life, and should be looked at by a healthcare professional.

Why are my Ears Involved?

Your sense of balance and perception of where things are in relation to you spatially is handled by specialized structures in your inner ear. Air vibrations are transformed into small waves of energy that are processed by tiny hairs in fluid filled canals. Your brain then interprets these waves as sounds, but these structures do more than just let you hear. If the fluid is suddenly agitated, your sense of balance will also be thrown off track. Consequently, inner ear infections are a common cause of vertigo and dizziness.

What Can I Do About it?

Vertigo itself is often due to problems elsewhere, and is treated by correcting that other said problem. However, it can often be difficult trying to pinpoint the exact cause. A multitude of antihistamines and drugs are available to treat issues that stem from neurological diseases or infections. However, for many people it is unlikely to reach that degree of severity. If you’re prone to experiencing short periods of dizziness, simple techniques can help alleviate the discomfort. Speaking to your physician is the best way to be sure what treatment works best. Stargate Physio is always happy to take on new clients! Call us today at (403)452-2721!

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