Balance, Vertigo, & Vestibular

Balance, Vertigo, & Vestibular

A personal approach when you're suffering from loss of balance, arthritis, and headaches

Balance is something we take for granted, until it becomes difficult to bend over or get out of bed. When balance becomes an issue, people shy away from daily activities for fear or falling. Early warning signs include dizziness, vertigo, mobility issues, and trouble with eyes and ears.

How does vestibular rehab work?

A personal approach is taken for people with balance disorders such as vertigo, motion sensitivity, headaches and stiff neck, visual motion disturbances, blurred vision, and panic attacks.

Physical Therapy can lead to improvement of posture, balance, strength, coordination, inner ear symptoms, your body’s awareness or position in space, and flexibility…all leading to improved functional mobility without loss of balance. These areas are important for fall prevention, work participation, recreational activity participation, and daily activity performance.

Balance symptom checklist
  1. Do you struggle looking up or bending over?
  2. Do symptoms restrict travel?
  3. Do you struggle walking down grocery aisles?
  4. Is it hard to roll over or get out of bed?
  5. Do symptoms restrict your social activities?
  6. Do you have difficulty reading, due to symptoms?
  7. Do activities like sports heighten your symptoms?
  8. Are you afraid to leave your home alone?
  9. Do symptoms make it difficult to concentrate?
  10. Have symptoms made you feel depressed?

If you answered yes to 3 or more questions, call us to see if physical therapy is right for you.

It's a balancing act

“My vertigo was so extreme that I had to be wheeled into your clinic in a wheel chair. Not only was I unable to walk, but I had to keep my eyes closed to fight the nausea. I had no idea that physical therapists treated vertigo so I’m grateful that I had a doctor who understood how effective physical therapy could be for my condition. The results of my PT were incredibly fast and long lasting. Lisa was very knowledge and explained what was happening and how she was treating it. I left the clinic feeling much better physically but also feeling like I understood my condition and how to prevent it from coming back.

After treatment I was able to walk out to my car and look people in the eyes. I cannot describe what a relief it was to have my symptoms reduced so quickly.  Lisa gave me exercises that helped to prevent a relapse and the vertigo never came back to the level it had been. Thank you for helping me get back to my normal life and work much faster.” – Ryan S., Coopersville patient, and Coopersville Public School science teacher

40% of people over the age of 40 experience dizziness or balance problems at some point.