Have you ever felt like the room is spinning around you?
I’m not just talking about feeling a little lightheaded because you stand up too quickly.
I’m talking about no matter whether you are sitting or standing, eyes opened or closed, lying on your back or lying on your side - none of that matters because the room is spinning and it won’t stop.
You feel like you are on a never ending merry-go-round and can’t get off.
If it is really bad, you feel like you are in a house of mirrors and you can’t tell where the floor and the wall start and stop.
If you have ever experienced the room spinning like this, then you have suffered from vertigo or dizziness.
Why do you experience vertigo?
Here’s a few reasons why people with vertigo might see me in my physical therapy office or via online video chat:
I’ll never forget seeing the image of half her skull missing. The pictures on the wall showed a beautiful teenage girl yet when I looked at her I saw the incision on her head, a young girl not able to speak or feed herself, and an indentation on the right side of her head that I could put my fist into if I wanted to.
I did not want to and it would have been very inappropriate to do so.
The visual image of her head has never left me and I have never rode my bike without a helmet since. You see, that girl was riding her bike WITHOUT a helmet and she got hit by a car. Changed her life forever. Changed the lives of her parents, siblings, friends, teachers… FOREVER.
I’m not saying the helmet would have completely prevented a head injury or any of the other injuries she sustained but at least she might have had a fighting chance at an opportunity to recover.
When I was a kid riding my bike up and down hills, I never wore a helmet. I biked for miles. I would be...
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