with Nashua therapist, Stacie Towle, DPT
What is Vertigo?
Vertigo, or BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), is simply defined as dizziness based on position. The most common complaint of someone who is suffering from vertigo is, “I am dizzy as soon as I get up from bed,” but people also complain of it when turning quickly, reaching forward to tie their shoes, or sometimes while driving in the car on a busy highway.
There are other forms of vertigo as well. These forms include dizziness secondary to a concussion, a motor vehicle accident, migraines, Meniere’s disease, or lesions in parts of the brain. Physical therapy is extremely helpful in addressing the impairments from BPPV and all other forms of dizziness.
The Vestibular System
The vestibular system is located in the inner ear and is made up of the bony labyrinth which senses single plane motion of the head and the 3 canals which sense rotational motion of the head. This system helps us to maintain our balance, detect our orientation in space, and allows us to maintain our gaze.
Physical Therapy & Vertigo
Most people are surprised to learn that Physical Therapists can treat vertigo- and often very quickly! An evaluation includes an assessment of balance, a series of eye coordination tests, finally followed by some positional tests. The therapist then prescribes exercises for the patient to perform at home and usually only has to return to PT 1-2 more times. It is important that a PT prescribe the exercises because they have the expertise to determine which ear and which canal the symptoms are originating from and prescribe the most appropriate, individualized treatment plan.
Learn more: www.vestibular.org
Vestibular is treated in Nashua (Stacie), Manchester (Carolann), Amherst (Heather)
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Certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist
Stacie Towle, DPT of Apple Nashua (author of this post!), recently completed training and is now a Certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. Stacie has always had an interest in this area of PT but during her own pregnancy she realized how little information was available in regard to appropriate exercise prescription and felt the need to learn more. She is excited to apply her broadened knowledge to help these clients by:
- Assessing posture and breathing- including ribcage angles, pelvic angles, core imbalances, and asymmetries between sides to prescribe the best exercises to optimize both.
- Identifying pelvic floor dysfunction related to incontinence, tight pelvic floor, and pelvic organ prolapse, and ability to provide exercises and release techniques to address these. (This does not include internal examinations.)
- Individualized exercise program prescription for diastasis recti healing.
- Ability to instruct exercises that are safe during each trimester of pregnancy and modifications to decrease strain on the abdominal wall and pelvic floor during pregnancy.
- Safe timelines for return to exercise postpartum
- Addressing low back, SI joint, and pelvic pain during pregnancy and postpartum
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