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 […]
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Vestibular Neuritis is the second most common cause of dizziness and vertigo, due to a problem in the inner ear.
Recent research continues to help us better understand migraines, including how and why they occur and how to treat them. Below is a roundup of some of the latest findings along with links if you want to read more. A new study estimates about one quarter of people who have had dizziness or imbalance for […]
After a concussion, guided exercise can help you feel better faster Thanks to increased attention to the dangers of concussions, more medical professionals are taking them seriously and advising rest. But how long do you need to rest? It’s extremely important to immediately stop any strenuous activity in the short term, right after a concussion, […]
Watch this video to learn more about Vestibular Therapy and how it helps decrease dizziness.
In our clinics, we frequently work with patients who have vestibular migraines. These migraines can cause dizziness, nausea and imbalance, in addition to other common migraine symptoms, such as headaches and sensitivity to noise, light, odors and movement. While medication can be helpful, lifestyle factors also can play a big role. When we work with […]
Navigating the Minnesota State Fair on a migraine-friendly diet can be tricky business, what with all those cheese curds and hot dogs and yeast donuts at every turn. However, we came across a few items that look like they fit the bill. (Please note: This list of suggestions was generated based on online menu descriptions. […]
In the news, it’s common to hear scary things about concussions. But here’s some good news: Most concussions heal in 7-10 days. And those who don’t heal in that timeframe still can make excellent progress, but they may need some guidance to help the recovery go more smoothly.
Our body needs lots of water to keep us thriving. When people get dehydrated, they sometimes become lightheaded or suffer headaches. These refreshing recipes and tips can help you avoid that and stay hydrated during the heat of summer.
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 […]
People with concussions and migraines often are sensitive to fluorescent ceiling lights, computer screens and bright sun. Luckily, there are several things that can help. For digital devices, if adjusting the brightness setting on your tablet, smartphone or eReader doesn’t help, you can download the free Bluelight Filter app from Google Play to improve the comfort level. […]
It is the most wonderful stressful time of the year. And with all that added stress, your dizziness and nauseousness might be more pronounced. But why is that? Multitasking One reason you may feel your symptoms more intensely is due to your body’s inability to multitask. When you are stressed, your body is using most of it’s […]
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 a person suffers dizziness or vertigo, often it is caused by a problem with the vestibular system. It’s important to see a vestibular specialist and have the appropriate testing performed when determining the cause, because there are several types of vestibular problems that could be at the root of the issue, and some diagnoses […]
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 […]
How many hours a day do you spend texting or browsing through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter? If you are using your smartphone or tablet to do so, you may be compromising your neck. With more people using their mobile devices as their primary connection to the internet, there has been a rise in “text neck”. […]
Learn what happens to your body during a concussion, the signs and symptoms, and how it is treated.
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 […]
Do you wake up with neck pain? Does it interfere with your sleep? Many people with dizziness also have neck pain. Sometimes slight changes to how they position their head and neck at night can decrease the pain. First, let’s talk about how you sleep: Side, stomach or back? Side sleepers Try to support the […]
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 […]