We can help manage any balance disorders in Hyattsville that may be interfering with your life

August 1, 2016

At any given moment throughout the day, when performing practically every movement, our vestibular system is responsible for keeping us balanced. For most of us, we hardly even think about how much we use this system during tasks like walking up stairs or standing from a chair. But for those with balance disorders in Hyattsville, some of these otherwise-basic tasks that we take for granted can become very challenging.

The vestibular system is the sensory system that provides the brain with the most important information regarding the body’s sense of balance and spatial orientation in order to coordinate our movements smoothly. The system detects motion of the head—mainly through the inner ear, as well as the eyes, muscles and joints—and from this, it generates reflexes that are crucial for completing many daily activities. Some of these tasks include stabilizing our gaze and maintaining the posture of our head and body.

When the vestibular system functions normally and properly, most people are unaware of it and don’t think twice about activities like walking on uneven surfaces or arising from bed in the middle of the night. When certain disorders affect the vestibular system, however, various symptoms can come about, the most common of which are dizziness, vertigo and balance problems. Vestibular disorders can also lead to nausea, anxiety, fatigue, hearing changes and difficulty concentrating in certain cases.

There are a number of causes of dizziness and vertigo, but two of the most common vestibular problems are benign paroxysmal vertigo disorder (BPPV) and vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis. Both of these vestibular disorders occur due to different problems with the inner ear, and cause a change in the information being received by the brain from the vestibular system.

At CAM Physical Therapy and Wellness Services, we can treat all balance disorders in Hyattsville with vestibular therapy. Dr. Brooke Marshall, DPT, is the vestibular specialist at our Hyattsville clinic, and she is responsible for creating treatment programs that focus on helping patients move normally once again. Each program is different based on the particular balance disorder present, but most consist of the following:

  • First, an evaluation will be performed on all body parts that affect balance—including the legs, ears, eyes and entire body—to determine how much your balance is impaired; the resulting program will be based on this evaluation
  • Gaze stabilization exercises: these exercises are designed to keep vision steady while making rapid side-to-side head turns and focusing on an object, which will help the brain adapt to new signaling from the vestibular system
  • Balance retraining exercises: these types of exercises will have you shift your body weight in various directions while standing to improve the way information is sent to the brain
  • Home-exercise program: your physical therapist will also create a program to be performed at home that includes these exercises and possibly others

Any problems with the vestibular system can throw your whole world out of whack and complicate your life. Fortunately, for any balance disorders in Hyattsville, Dr. Marshall can provide effective vestibular therapy to help you regain your balance. If you’re dealing with balance issues of any sort, contact CAM Physical Therapy and Wellness Services, in Laurel, Hyattsville, Glenn Dale/Bowie and Parkville/Baltimore, MD at 301 853-0093 to schedule an appointment today. For more information about vestibular therapy, click here.

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