Balance Therapy in Tuscaloosa
Dizziness and balance problems can affect men and women of all ages. These symptoms may be caused by an inner ear condition or could be a sign of other problems. The balance system is a very complicated system that fortunately people don't have to understand in order to operate. From before the time we take our first steps we are learning how to interpret cues from all of the senses that go into the balance system. As we learn to walk we are learning how small shifts in posture, tightening certain muscles in our legs and trunk, etc, can be used to maintain our center of gravity and balance.
Basically, three major senses contribute to our balance. Vision provides information to the brain in terms of where we are in relation to the ground and whether we are moving or objects in our field of vision are moving. The vestibular portion of the inner ear has motion detectors that monitor the speed and direction of head movements and sends this information to the part of the brain that controls the muscles that move the eyes. Proprioception and touch are also important in maintaining an upright posture and balance. Proprioception refers to the sense of knowing where your arms, legs, hands, and feet are positioned (even with your eyes closed).
At Tuscaloosa ENT, we work to diagnose and treat dizziness and balance disorders. We offer the following services to help treat balance problems:
Dizziness, also known as vertigo, is a common complaint that can cause a negative impact on quality of life. This symptom is commonly described as a sensation of spinning or motion when no real movement is occurring. It may also include a feeling of imbalance and unsteadiness. Dizziness can be caused by many different disorders. We will work to find the cause of your dizziness so that treatment can be prescribed.
We, as humans, have many senses that contribute to balance, including vision, the vestibular system, and proprioception, which give us the ability to stand and walk. Balancing testing evaluates these senses using noninvasive tests like videonystagmography (VNG), ocular motility, rotational testing, and computerized dynamic posturography.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
Vestibular rehabilitation can help to treat damage to the balance system and eliminate dizziness that may occur during movement. A customized exercise program will be created by a physical therapist who has special experience in treating balance issues.
At Tuscaloosa ENT, we are dedicated to helping treat your balance and dizziness issues. If you are interested in balance therapy, contact us today to schedule an appointment.