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What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a sensation that the environment around you is spinning in circles. It can make you feel dizzy and off-balance. Nearly 40% of Americans experience vertigo at least once during their lifetime.


There are two main types of vertigo:


  • Peripheral vertigo: This happens when there’s a problem with the inner ear.

  • Central vertigo: This occurs when there’s an issue with the brain. Causes can include infection, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury or stroke.

Vestibular System

The vestibular system is a complex sensory system that regulates our balance and spatial orientation. It is located within the inner ear in a region known as the vestibular labyrinth. It senses the orientation of our body relative to gravity and helps us maintain balance.

Treating Balance and Vestibular Disorders

If you are suffering from dizziness or imbalance, intervention is key. There are steps you can take to improve your balance and decrease your chances of falling.  Here are East Coast Audiology and Physical Therapy we incorporate a Safety Overhead Support System, utilizing a harness suspended from ceiling mounted rails. This means it is impossible for you to hit the ground, allowing you to exercise safely without the fear of falling!


The vestibular system is a main contributor of imbalance and dizziness.

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