Exercises For Vertigo

Exercises For Vertigo

What exercises would be good for vertigo?

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Jan 14, 2011 Vertigo and Dizziness
by: Douglas Schrift

Thanks for the question. Vertigo is a diagnosis which describes situations such as dizziness, a spinning sensation, fainting, light-headedness or feeling imbalanced. It affects as much as half of seniors over the age of 75 and can be the most common referral to see a Physical Therapist.

In order to treat dizziness it is important to understand why people get dizzy in the first place. Some of the reasons may be cardiovascular, neurological, medication or even psychological. It is important for those with dizziness to check with their doctor to find out what type of vertigo they have in order to treat the problem.

The most common form of dizziness is called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV. Some forms of BPPV can be treated by a physical therapist with what we call positioning maneuvers of the head. This is effective when there is debris in the semicircular canals of the ear that can be cleared with these maneuvers.

If BPPV is caused by trauma, Meniere disease, labyrinthitis, or an infection in the inner ear, then it will have to be treated by a qualified physician.

So the answer as to what exercises are good for vertigo or dizziness are really dependent on getting a correct diagnosis from a family doctor.

The balance exercises on eldergym.com are safe and effective for most seniors. Give them a try for general improvement in balance.

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