Senior Balance Exercises Can Assist With Vertigo

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

    Symptoms of vertigo can become more common in later years and practicing senior balance exercises on a daily basis can relieve some of those feelings of dizziness or lightheadedness. Please see The symptoms of vertigo can become more common place as we age. Vertigo can arise from problems with medications, inner ear vestibular issues, central processing difficulties in the brain and a host of other reasons. Deciphering the cause of vertigo can be challenging. To be more specific, Vertigo is the illusion of motion, usually rotational motion. As patients age, vertigo becomes an increasingly common presenting complaint. The most common causes of this condition are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, acute vestibular neuronitis or labyrinthitis, Ménière’s disease, migraine, and anxiety disorders. Less common causes include vertebrobasilar ischemia and retrocochlear tumors. The distinction between peripheral and central vertigo usually can be made clinically and guides management decisions. Most patients with vertigo do not require extensive diagnostic testing and can be treated in the primary care setting. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo usually improves with a canalith repositioning procedure. Acute vestibular neuronitis or labyrinthitis improves with initial stabilizing measures and a vestibular suppressant medication, followed by vestibular rehabilitation exercises. Ménière’s disease often responds to the combination of a low-salt diet and diuretics. Vertiginous migraine headaches generally improve with dietary changes, a tricyclic antidepressant, and a beta blocker or calcium channel blocker. Vertigo associated with anxiety usually responds to a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Vertigo, a type of dizziness, is the illusion of motion, usually rotational motion. Associated symptoms include nausea, emesis, and diaphoresis. Vertigo should be distinguished from other types of dizziness, such as imbalance (dysequilibrium) and lightheadedness (presyncope). Most cases of vertigo can be improved with a combination of treatments, which included vestibular rehabilitation therapy. One of the main components of vestibular therapy is practicing balance exercises, geared to decrease vertigo and improve balance.

Daily Senior Balance Exercises For Lightheadedness

     For those individuals who suffer with vertigo and lightheadedness, it is recommended to perform senior balance exercises every day to help reduce the intensity and frequency of the feelings.  As an example, one stability routine that will help with imbalance is  to stand with your feet shoulder width a part and center your weight in the middle of your arches. In that position, concentrate on the sense of touch between your feet and the ground. By focusing on that sensory input, your brain will be able to concentrate on that sensory feedback, which will dampen the symptoms of dizziness. YOu can progress this exercise by standing with your feet in a tandem position where one foot is directly in front of the other foot. In this position. you will be able to maximize your balance reactions at the feet and ankles, which will enhance your steadiness skills. YOu can learn these stability strategies and specific senior balance exercises by following the direction of a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the exercise For Balance DVD.


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    Don’t let dizziness get you down. Instead, begin the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The Exercise For Balance DVD is the perfect educational DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The comprehensive  Balance DVD is charged with the best balance and strength exercises needed to enhance senior fitness and to perform basic activities like cleaning house, walking, standing, stair climbing or to advance to high level activities like playing golf, dancing and hiking. In the Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve balance, stability techniques and balance routines from a balance instructor–licensed Physical Therapist– who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 20 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

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Overcome dizziness by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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