Have you ever, suddenly, felt that the world around you is spinning and you are unable to maintain your balance? Or have you experienced a loud deafening ring in your ears that you knew nothing about? Chances are that, along with it you would also have experienced dizziness and visual disturbances. Well, such a state of illusion of the surroundings spinning around you when, actually they are not, is called VERTIGO.
Vertigo is a balance-disorder that arises out of abnormal changes in the inner ears. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is a fluid present in the inner ears or ear drum is responsible for maintaining the body-balance. If, for any reason, there is a change in its pressure or there is a leak, the body-balance is affected. The inner ears help us identify space and accordingly sends sensory signals to the brain, which then auto corrects and provides the positioning signals to prevent the body from falling over.
How to identify if you are under vertigo attack?
You’ll know you are suffering from vertigo if you experience the following symptoms:
- Sensation of spinning, tilting, swaying, unbalanced, pull in one direction
- Nausea and vomiting
- Abnormal or jerking movement of eyes
- Ringing in the ear or hearing loss
- Difficulty in walking
How to Treat Vertigo?
Physical therapy, particularly, applies to people with recurring vertigo. It helps the vestibular system, present in the ear and concerned with body balance, to re-establish the body equilibrium. This system constantly sends information to the brain through nerve impulses that arise from specific nerve endings called sensory receptors. What does therapy do? Therapy helps to re-stablishe the co-ordination of the vestibular organs with the sense organs, thus re-establishing body balance.
Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated:
There should be sufficient intake of water to keep the body hydrated. Dehydration can cause dizziness and changes in blood pressure can induce dizziness. Further, this helps to ensure better hand eye coordination, muscle movement, and improved of levels of fitness and endurance. Physical therapy involves exercises that help to ease pain and facilitate comfortable sleep.
Inactivity is one of the factors responsible for vertigo owing to reduced body movements. While it is important to get sufficient activity, one also needs to get sufficient rest.
There are certain types of exercises and head-positioning adjustments called “Canalith Repositioning Procedure (CRP)”. These are very effective and can be done in a doctor’s presence painlessly and easily.
Consult a Doctor:
If you are unable to move out of your house, you can also avail online doctor consultation services. These are very handy and can even provide doorstep delivery of medicines.
After all, these are the smart ways of keeping one’s head on one’s shoulder, especially, when on is getting drawn into the illusion of a spinning world around!