Dizziness can be caused by many different things. These include low blood pressure, medication changes, dehydration, cardiac issues, and alterations in vestibular function. It is our job as trained vestibular therapists to screen you and determine the ultimate cause of your symptoms.
There is a direct connection between your eye movements and your inner ear via the vestibulo-ocular reflex. This connection can become disturbed from an injury to the inner ear from virus, trauma, or central nervous system conditions. As a result, positional movements, quick head movements, and changes in direction can throw off the inner ear. Moreover, this issue with the inner ear and balance system causes dizziness.
We can determine the cause of your symptoms through screening and help direct a treatment that is right for you. Some cases, such as positional vertigo, can clear in as little as 2-3 sessions. However, more complex vestibular issues can take 2-3 months of brain recalibration and retraining. With the right exercise prescription and treatment symptom relief can occur quicker.
Dr. Mary Finck is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at ESP Sports Medicine. She specializes in neuromuscular conditions including brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, and more. She has been a physical therapist for 10 years and uses a variety of tools to improve function. These tools include dry needling, muscle scraping, and vacuum cupping. She also uses function and motor control exercises. As a result, Mary is one of the top physical therapists in Boulder County.