Dizziness, vertigo, and balance issues are ones that are hard to ignore. They can disrupt your everyday life, from daily activities to your mood. Though, if you’re experiencing these issues, you’re not alone.
According to The Hearing and Balance Clinic, 90 million Americans go to health care providers because of dizziness, balance problems and/or vertigo; this category of symptoms is the second most common complaint heard in doctor’s offices. Furthermore, 70% of the nation’s population will experience one of these symptoms in their life, with 20% of Americans 65 to 75 years of age having a balance disorder.
While this may sound worrisome, in most cases, treatments exist to alleviate these issues within your vestibular system: Vestibular Therapy.
What is the Vestibular System?
In short, “the vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements,” reports Vestibular.org.
What is Vestibular Therapy?
Vestibular Therapy is an exercise-based program to reduce vertigo, dizziness and balance issues caused by the vestibular system. Through this form of therapy, your brain is taught how to use other senses to substitute for the shortage in the vestibular system.
At Moorings Park Communities, we offer Vestibular Therapy. Our therapists are certified through the American Institute of Balance Affiliate Network.
Our therapists will first clinically examine you, and work to customize a therapy program based on the results. Exercises may include habitation (decreasing dizziness through repeated exposure to specific movements or visual stimuli), balance training, and gaze stabilization (improve control of eye movements during head movements to maintain clear vision.)
It is important to practice these methods with permission and assistance from a professional to ensure your overall safety, and to avoid loss of balance and falling.
Of course, as Vestibular.org notes, “there is no one-size-fits-all treatment for vestibular dysfunction. Treatments vary depending on diagnosis, as well as individual factors. Treatments may be aimed at correcting the problem, minimizing symptoms, and/or promoting overall wellness.”
Vertigo is a good film to watch on the big screen, however, no one wants to experience it in real life. Don’t hesitate to seek medical help if you experience any of the mentioned issues.
In fact, you don’t have to be a resident to benefit from Moorings Park Communities’ outpatient therapy services.
To learn more about Moorings Park Communities’ health care services, luxurious residences and life-enriching amenities, please visit MooringsPark.org or call 239-643-9111.