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Exercises to Help with Vertigo from The Balance Center at Abington Memorial Hospital
Date:7/19/2013

Abington, PA (PRWEB) July 19, 2013

If only Jimmy Stewart’s character in the Hitchcock film Vertigo had received some medication or physical therapy for his debilitating dizziness. But if you’re suffering from vertigo or balance problems, you can do something about it. Specifically, here are exercises you can perform to help you regain independence and get back to your normal daily routine.

First, a little background: Millions of people suffer from balance problems and vertigo, which can be the result of two main problems.

“Vertigo can be subdivided into causes originating in the brain, such as stoke and multiple sclerosis, or causes in the inner ear, the latter being more frequent,” said Dr. Lee Harris, a neurologist at Abington Memorial Hospital. “The inner ear helps to control balance, and it can be damaged as a result of an ear infection, head injury, or when a small fragmented calcium crystal is knocked out of place, a condition known as BPPV [benign paroxysmal positional vertigo].”

While your doctor might recommend physical therapy and certain medications to treat your condition, you can help improve your balance by doing simple exercises at home. It’s important to gradually increase the intensity of your exercises, so do what you can in the beginning. Here are various exercises from which to choose from to improve your balance.

Beginner Exercises
*Safety Note: For each exercise, stand with a chair in front of you and a wall behind you. If you are not exercising with someone else, you will need something t
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