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Do Allergies Make Me Dizzy?

allergiesThe pollens are out and hay fever season is upon us.

It is always interesting to me that there is a swell in vestibular problems at this time of year. People often ask if allergies could be the cause of their dizziness. The short answer is: we don’t know for sure.

The literature suggests that allergies could possibly make symptoms worse but it is not clear if they cause the vestibular system to malfunction.

If we look at the anatomy of the nose and ear, the eustachian tube connects between the nose and the middle ear. It is usually air filled and helps us to maintain our pressure gradient; for example when flying or driving up or down a mountain. When we have allergies our nose gets stuffed and the eustachian tube gets blocked. This can change the pressure in the ear complex and can lead to dizziness. A good nasal decongestant, antihistamines and avoiding the allergens, as much as possible, will help get you through this beautiful, but pollen-filled season.

Facial Neuromuscular Retraining Therapists

Following the Advanced Facial Neuromuscular Retraining course last weekend, I am excited to introduce the four new advanced trained facial therapists in Metro Vancouver.

New FNR Therapists

From left to right:

Catherine Chan; who will see patients at GFStrong and Neuromotion,

Maria Zerjav; treating facial patients at Westside Physiotherapy and Hand clinic,

Amy Tao; working out of Neuro-ability and Cedar Chiropractic and Physiotherapy in Burnaby,

Sarah Hearne; from St. Paul’s Hospital and a private clinic downtown.

Please add Catherine, Maria, Amy and Sarah to your list of facial therapists in BC.

5 Things About Hearing Loss

Hearing LossIt is hard to explain to others what it is like to have hearing loss — the lack of clarity in speech, the sensitivity to loud noise, and the exhaustion that comes with heavy bursts of communication. It is an invisible disability so it is often misunderstood, downplayed or even ignored — sometimes even by those closest to you. But it can have a huge impact on your life, and the lives of those who love you.

Shari Eberts

Five Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Hearing Loss

Victoria Advanced Course

In addition to the introductory course, Susan Rankin is also offering two Advanced Facial Neuromuscular Retraining courses; one in Vancouver and another in Victoria. The Advanced course consists of 2 days of training for 3 therapists. Participants will assess and treat real patients applying the principles taught in the introductory session.

Though the Vancouver advanced course is already full and has a waiting list, there is still space in Victoria for therapists from the island. The Victoria advanced course will take place on February 27 and 28.

Please note that the one-day introductory course (February 19) is a prerequisite for the advanced course.

For further information on attending the advanced course in Victoria please contact Susan Rankin directly at rankinphysio@gmail.com.

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