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What is Axial Compression and how does it help with my Dizziness?

What is Axial Compression and how does it help with my Dizziness?

Author: Cheryl Wylie, PT

Stop what you're doing, interlock your fingers and place them on top of your head. Now relax and let the weight of you arms hang there. Maybe add in a few deep breaths while you're at it.

How does this feel?

We call this Axial Compression and it can be really helpful when feeling dizzy or overwhelmed by visual stimulus.

It works by increasing the somatosensory (touch) input to help ground you when your vision and vestibular systems are overstimulated.

When to use it? When you are feeling dizzy from visual stimulus, such as when in the grocery store, in traffic, or when scrolling on a computer or device. Any environment that has a lot of visual motion that is making you feel dizzy.

So keep this little trick in your back pocket and pull it out next time you need a little breather! ūü§ó

About the Author 

Cheryl Wylie, is a vestibular physiotherapist and owner of Healing Vertigo. She is also the creator of our Vertigo Treatment App, and instructs vestibular courses to other healthcare professionals.
She offers virtual vestibular therapy for all Ontario Residents. If you're interested in working with Cheryl, connect below!