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Retirement isn’t just about money. In our show we talk about the other things that will impact you such as: Social and Family Adventure and Travel Volunteer and Philanthropy Spiritual/soul Sex in retirement (I usually have therapists discuss this topic) Helping your parents/sandwich generation issues Baby Boomers are often helping both their children and their parents at the same time. Our goal is to help you have a great retirement, regardless of the amount of money you’ve saved. We want you to Rock Your Retirement!
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What are the causes of Dizziness? episode 096 - Rock Your Retirement Show
6 days ago
Have you ever experienced vertigo? What are the causes of dizziness?
Dr. Kimberley Bell, DPT has been a Physical Therapist for nearly 15 years, and she specializes in helping people with dizziness. She assesses and treats vertigo, dizziness, and imbalance in people of all ages. She also helps with other issues thought to be related to aging as well.
I brought her on the show to talk about the causes of dizziness, and also some potential treatments that can help.
What is Balance?
You might have heard of the five senses. These five senses are hearing, taste, sight, smell, and touch. But there is another sense that we don’t talk about. That is the sense of balance. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to sit or stand upright because you wouldn’t be able to tell which way “up” was. And you couldn’t tell where “here or “there” was. Without a sense of balance, gravity, wouldn’t mean anything. It would be fair to say that without any sense of balance, life would be unimaginably disabling.1
Dr. Bell was a wealth of information, especially if you know someone, or you are personally experiences vertigo, equilibrium problems, or the like.
She told a story of a client who had experienced vertigo since she was 56 years old. This person had CT scans, MRIs, and cardiac testing to try to find the causes of dizziness.
Dr. Bell did an assessment and found crystals in her inner ear. BPPV, or Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, occurs when a patient has crystals in her inner ear. It’s the most common cause of vertigo, which is that feeling of spinning that some people get.
This feeling is not life-threatening (unless you fall and hit your head!). It comes on suddenly and is usually brief. You can trigger BPPV when you hold your head a certain way or move your head a certain way. And of course, its a type of vertigo, or a false sense of movement.
Oh, and by the way, it can sometimes be cured by the right therapist. As a matter of fact, Dr. Bell was able to solve her patient’s problem (in the story above) in just a few visits.
Why can’t my doctor find what my causes of dizziness are?
Many physicians don’t know how to diagnose it, and they are also not trained in how to solve the problem. Many don’t know the causes of diz