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Dizziness: Lightheadedness vs. Vertigo

Do you ever experience episodes of dizziness? Dizziness is a word often used to describe the feeling of lightheadedness, or the feeling that there is movement of oneself or ones surroundings. 

Lightheadedness: Often known as the feeling that you are about to faint. Lightheadedness is often the result of a momentary drop in blood pressure that occurs when you rise too quickly from a seated or lying position. It is common to feel lightheaded from time to time, however, ongoing lightheadedness may require evaluation.

Vertigo: a feeling that you or your surroundings are moving when there is no actual movement. This may feel as if you are spinning, falling, tilting, or simply off balance. Vertigo can impair one’s ability to walk, stand or maintain your balance leading to increased fall risk.

Both lightheadedness and vertigo may cause you to feel nauseous or vomit.

However, both feelings of dizziness can occur in people of any age, and is more common among older adults.

Here’s how we can help! We currently have certified specialty trained therapists in treatment for vestibular and vertigo rehabilitation therapy. Call today to schedule a free consult with one of our specialized therapists at 269-459-6212.

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