It’s that time again – the Great Minnesota Get-Together is here! Are you ready for fried foods of all kinds, award-winning arts and crafts projects, farm animals, music and more? The State Fair can be tons of fun, but it also can be challenging to navigate the crowds if you have balance concerns. We have […]
I am a physical therapist who works in a specialty practice clinic treating vestibular disorders. It’s truly my passion to work with people who are dizzy, have vertigo, are feeling unsteady or experiencing falls. It can be a very isolating experience to feel these symptoms as they are invisible to your family and friends. I […]
Vestibular Neuritis is the second most common cause of dizziness and vertigo, due to a problem in the inner ear.
Watch this video to learn more about Vestibular Therapy and how it helps decrease dizziness.
We require balance for everything we do, from sitting upright at a table to going up and down curbs to walking over uneven surfaces. Want to improve your balance? Check out these 3 exercises?
Unilateral vestibular loss (UVL) is one of the more common pathologies involving the inner ear and the nerves related to it. UVL makes up about 14-20% of all inner ear pathologies.
Many people wonder what type of patients are seen for vestibular rehabilitative therapy (VRT)….is it just for the elderly? At NDBC, we see a wide variety of patients. As people get older their balance tends to decline and they are at a higher risk for falls, so many older folks do benefit from VRT. They […]
Maintaining a walking program is a good way to keep your vestibular system (inner ear balance system) working, and it has many other benefits for cardiovascular and mental health. And even though the weather is getting cooler, you don’t have to give up your walking routine. In the Twin Cities, there are plenty of options […]
About a decade ago, Nintendo took the video game world by storm when it introduced the Wii system. It quickly became a popular gift for many years. It seemed like everyone had one. Chances are good you tried Wii Bowling or Wii Tennis at a holiday party. The Wii Fit, with a balance board, added […]
It is the most wonderful time of the year, however if you are dizzy, this session can be the most stressful time of the year. Planning a head and following these simple tips, can help make all the difference. Take Breaks If you notice your symptoms increase while you are shopping, find a bench to […]
Labyrinthitis is caused by an infection, either viral or bacterial, in the inner ear. Usually, only one ear is affected. Common Symptoms Sudden onset of Hearing Loss Vertigo Nausea Vomiting Imbalance These symptoms usually peak within 24 hours, but may last several more days. The severity of the symptoms will then decrease, but, beacuse of […]
When you think of going to the dentist, does the fear of having a vertigo episode also come to mind? Does this sound like you: “Don’t lay me down all the way otherwise the room will spin” or “When you sit me back up, do it slowly”. If it does, you might be suffering from […]
Trick or treat! Going trick or treating with your kids or grandkids can be extra challenging if you have dizzy and balance problems. Here are 5 tips to help keep you more steady and safe this holiday. Use a flashlight. One of the systems you use for balance is your vision. Having a light with […]
For many people with dizziness, going grocery shopping can be a challenging task. There are so many different triggers that can make them feel sick or unsteady from the crowds, to florescent light, to the multiple body/head turns. Thinking ahead and following these 5 tips can help create better shopping experience. Shop during low peak […]
Generally, it’s best to use the cane in the hand opposite your painful or weaker leg. For a standard “single end” cane, stand straight and rest the cane next to your leg, with your arm resting at your side next to the cane. The handle of the cane should be where your wrist bends. To […]
This time of year, Minnesotans flock to the outdoors to soak up that beautiful sunshine they waited all winter for. For many, it’s a great time to get the garden going or tackle other yardwork or outdoor projects. This can be a good way to get fresh air and exercise, but it’s important to keep […]
As we work with patients at the National Dizzy & Balance Center, we often notice a common theme: anxiety. Whether it’s a fear of falling, concerns about how coworkers will view them, or a generalized sense of stress surrounding their condition, anxiety frequently seems to crop up in some form. We decided to ask Mackenzie […]
As the weather gets warmer, Minnesotans grow eager to get outside and soak up the fresh air and sunshine after being cooped up all winter. If you have balance problems, being physically active outdoors and in the community can be beneficial, as long as you are going about it in a safe way. Below are […]