Dizziness affects 40 percent of all adults over age 40. Most dizziness problems are due to disorders of the vestibular system, a part of the inner ear and brain that helps control balance, eye movements and overall sense of equilibrium and body position. St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute offers a team of physical therapists who have special training to evaluate and treat vestibular disorders, or dizziness.
Therapy for dizziness may include individualized exercises consisting of head movements, head and eye coordination tasks and balance activities. Treatment provides challenging activities to improve the brain's ability to adapt and compensate for the vestibular disorder. Symptoms of a vestibular disorder may include:
- Momentary sensation of unsteadiness
- Spinning or vertigo
- Problems with vision, concentration and memory
- Headaches, nausea and muscle stiffness of the neck and back