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Wendy’s Vertigo Success Story (BPPV)

Wendy’s Vertigo Success Story (BPPV)

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing a client from the clinic named Wendy, after she had undergone successful treatment for her vertigo.

Like many people we work with, she experienced a sudden onset of the sensation of vertigo (a spinning sensation) and was diagnosed by her doctor with BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo).

Luckily for Wendy, her doctor knew we could help her!

Listen to Wendy’s story in the video below as she explains how she felt dramatically better after her first visit (which included the Epley Maneuver) and how she had complete relief of her vertigo following her second visit.

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How Poor Balance Causes Neck Pain & Headaches (and what to do about it!)

How Poor Balance Causes Neck Pain & Headaches (and what to do about it!)

Many of our clients with issues with poor balance and a history of falls end up developing neck pain and headaches, as well as pain and tension throughout the upper back and shoulders.

The reason for this development of neck pain and headaches is easy to understand, especially when you consider the postural changes that usually accompany poor balance.

This video has 2 parts:

In the first part, I’ll explain why neck pain, headaches and shoulder/back pain are so common for people with poor balance.

And in the second part, I’ll give you 3 ways to get rid of neck pain and headaches if you have poor balance.

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4 Simple Balance Tests (Romberg Tests)

4 Simple Balance Tests (Romberg Tests)

Are you looking for a simple way to test your balance at home? 

The Romberg Test, which features four different balance positions, is a very useful tool!

Testing your 3 balance systems is a bit tricky to do on your own, but it can be done.

Remember that the 3 systems include your vision, your sensation/proprioception and your inner ear.

I’ll explain how to test each of the 3 below, but let me give you a word of caution first: when you test your balance on your own, you run the risk of falling.

So if you’re interested in performing these tests, make sure you’re in a safe environment and that someone is nearby to help you correct your balance if needed.

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How to Diagnose & Treat Horizontal Canal Vertigo (BPPV)

How to Diagnose & Treat Horizontal Canal Vertigo (BPPV)

Horizontal canal BPPV can be much more difficult to diagnose and treat than posterior canal BPPV, and it’s also much less common (which is great!).

If you think you have horizontal canal BPPV, which is characterized by horizontal “nystagmus”, your first step in getting rid of the vertigo is to figure out 2 things: what side is affected (left or right) and if you’re dealing with particles floating in the canal (canalithiasis) or particles stuck to the cupula (cupulolithiasis).

This sounds confusing, I know, but I’ll explain everything in the first video below!

In the second video, I’ll then explain how to treat horizontal canal BPPV using the Gufoni Maneuver. 

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Simple Exercises to Improve Your Balance at Home (3 Videos)

Simple Exercises to Improve Your Balance at Home (3 Videos)

If you’re looking for simple exercises to help you improve your balance at home, this post is just for you!

I just created 3 new videos where I demonstrate simple and effective balance exercises.

All you need is a foam pad or couch cushion for some of them (or an old pillow you don’t mind stepping on!).

Just one word of caution before you checking out these videos: please make sure you prioritize your safety!

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