Central Dizziness is often described as feeling unbalanced or dizzy in the head, with or without movement.
Dizziness and vertigo are often used interchangeably but can have vastly different meanings for each person. Central dizziness is often described as feeling of imbalance or “unsteady in the head” with or without movement.
Vertigo is defined as you spinning around the world, or the world spinning around you. This is most often caused by a peripheral vestibular problem such as BPPV, but not always. This sense of disorientation, or dizziness, happens with other conditions too, such as a central vestibular problem.
Our brain processes information from three primary sources to give us orientation to the world around us. These sources are our visual system, or what we see and how our eyes react, our somatosensory system or what we feel in our body, and our peripheral vestibular organs, the motion detectors in the inner ear.
The central vestibular system is responsible for processing this information. When we are unable to effectively do this, we get symptoms of being “dizzy”, “lightheaded” or a sense of feeling “off”.
These symptoms are often associated with:
- A sense of movement when we are not actually moving
- Instability and being unsure of our balance in large stores, low light environments, or with quick head or eye movements
- Feeling the need for physical support to stabilize ourselves more than usual
- An increase in fatigue, an overall decrease in energy or lack of motivation to be active
- Feelings of frustration and anxiety that our independence is being hampered
How is central dizziness treated?
We have experience with the conditions that cause these symptoms and can help restore your normal function. Through systematic evaluation we can identify which systems on which you rely too much and which systems need to work better for you.
Then we can implement a treatment plan to teach your body how to respond in a normal manner. This will restore your stability and your sense of balance and control.
This is done by working on exercises that challenge your vision, your balance and your tolerance to movement. We start by working on these systems individually, gradually increasing the demand as your body adapts to the challenges.
We then combine the systems or exercises that you perform to further increase the demand on your brain. Don’t worry! This is done sequentially as you get better and your symptoms improve. Soon you’ll be performing your activities with more tolerance, and less dizziness, with the ultimate goal of resolving your problem all together.
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What Kind of Vertigo or Dizziness Do I Have?
BPPV is an intense form of vertigo, which is a disturbing sensation that your world is spinning out of control. That’s Me!
A concussion is an injury to the brain after the head has been hit or shaken causing dizziness or imbalance. That’s Me!
Cervical dizziness can be caused by various neck problems that contribute to the sensation of feeling “cloudy” and imbalance. That’s Me!
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