Balance and Dizziness

Balance and Dizziness In Rochester, MN

Dizziness is a common symptom that affects over 90 million Americans. It is the second most common complaint heard in a Doctor’s office and will occur in 70% of people over their lifetime. Although it can affect people of all ages, from young kids to older adults, reports suggest it is the most prevalent complaint in patients that are 75 years of age and older. Dizziness can be associated with several other sensations including:


• False sense of motion or spinning (vertigo)
• Lightheaded or faint
• Unsteady or imbalanced
• Woozy
• Nauseous


There are many possible causes for dizziness including inner ear disruption (vestibular system), motion sickness, side effects of medications and even underlying health conditions such as poor circulation, infection or traumatic injury. At Optimal Movement we offer balance and dizziness physical therapy treatments in Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. BJ Nash Optimal Movement Physical Therapist in Rochester, MN.

Balance and Dizziness Treatments We Offer

Balance and dizziness issues can result from many different conditions ranging from inner ear dysfunctions to impaired sensory input from postural muscles to the brain. Below are some of the more common conditions that we treat:

  • Unilateral vestibular hypofunction
  • Bilateral vestibular hypofunction
  • Neuritis
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s
  • Post-operative acoustic neuroma
  • Benign Peroxisomal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vertigo
  • Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness (3PD)
  • Cervicogenic dizziness
  • Migraine related dizziness
  • Motion sickness

How Physical Therapy Can Help Balance and Dizziness

Terms like dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness, and unsteadiness describe symptoms, but they are not a diagnosis. If you are suffering from similar symptoms it can be very frustrating, debilitating and sometimes even scary, especially if you don’t know what the cause is. At Optimal Movement, we specialize in the treatment of dizziness related conditions and Vestibular Rehabilitation. We perform a comprehensive evaluation by first taking a thorough history to better understand the nature of your condition, onset and duration of your symptoms, and any underlying medical condition(s). We will perform a thorough neurological screen to rule out any sinister causes or red flags and the remainder of the examination will focus on inner ear (vestibular system) and balance testing. Once we’ve identified the cause of your symptoms, we have a multitude of evidenced based treatments that are tailored specifically for your symptoms.

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