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What is Imbalance?

It refers to a disturbance that causes a person to feel unsteady. A balance disorder may be caused by viral or bacterial infections in the ear, a head injury, blood circulation disorders that affect the inner ear or brain or a problem with the vestibular system in general. Many people experience problems with their sense of balance as they get older.

Can physiotherapy help people with balance problems?

Yes. Physiotherapists use vestibular rehabilitation therapy to treat people with balance disorders.

What symptoms would a person with imbalance experience?

  • Vertigo or dizziness (a spinning sensation)

  • Light-headedness, faintness or a floating sensation

  • Confusion and disorientation

  • Blurred vision

How do I know if I have Imbalance?

If your answer to these questions are ‘yes’ then you are imbalanced.

  • Do I feel unsteady?

  • Do I feel as if the room is spinning around me?

  • Do I feel as if I’m moving when I know I’m sitting or standing still?

  • Do I lose my balance and fall?

  • Do I feel as if I’m falling?

  • Do I feel “lightheaded” or as if I might faint?

  • Do I have blurred vision?

  • Do I ever feel disoriented, such as losing my sense of time or where I am?

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