The Israeli Center for the Treatment of Dizziness and Imbalance
About the Center
The Israeli Center for the Treatment of Dizziness and Imbalance was founded in 1995 by Dr. Oz Zur, a physical therapy specialist. The Center offers comprehensive professional evaluations and assessments and a range of treatments. It provides student supervision and is a center for research and development.
Who are the patients who come to the dizziness and balance clinic?
People of all ages throughout Israel, who suffer from dizziness, vertigo, or BPPV, often accompanied by anxiety, loss of balance, headaches, back pain or muscle and joint pain and who have not yet found a cure.
Dr. Oz Zur
Dr. Oz Zur is an experienced clinical Physical Therapist, teacher, researcher and lecturer on health topics. Dr. Zur began his postgraduate studies in the United States with Prof. Susan Hardman (Miami) in vestibular rehabilitation and continued with Professor Fay Horak (Portland) in postural control. He continued his training in balance centers in Europe, in the area of cervical vertigo with Dr. Michael Krolberg (Sweden) and in the area of headache with Prof Olesen Jes (Denmark). He is a guest lecturer in the Department of Continuing Education for physicians at Tel Aviv University (Family Medicine, ENT, and Geriatrics). Dr. Zur also lectures Masters Students in Physical Therapy and is a Graduate Student research advisor at Ben Gurion University. Likewise, Dr. Zur advises and presents continuing education courses to qualified physical therapists and other practitioners in dizziness and imbalance. Dr. Zur incorporated a research year at McGill University in Montreal, Canada as part of his doctoral studies at Haifa University.
Zur Balance Method
This method was developed by Dr. Oz Zur after ten years of experience, after treating thousands of patients suffering from peripheral or central balance, problems of instability and dizziness.
Performing the exercises correctly helps the brain learn to circumvent the problem, with the goals of improving balance and preventing another fall. The method is suitable for children and adults of all ages, for anyone suffering from a lack of balance, coordination problems, a sensation of floating or mismatch between the vestibular, visual and somato-sensory systems that work together to maintain balance. It is particularly important for the older population, which has a high percentage of falls (about 50% of older people experience a fall at least once a year, which is the most common cause of visits to the emergency room among this age group). Falls can have many serious consequences, including bruises, fractures, and anxiety, other complications and high economic costs, as well. The Zur Balance Method can help improve a balance problem in a short time, whether it is related to stroke, cerebellar disorder, Parkinson's disease, neuropathy or brain surgery, or if the problem originates from the inner ear, such as BPPV , vestibular neurinitis, epidemic vertigo, or visual vertigo. The method allows one to go from a high risk of falling to more secure stance and walking, while improving the quality of life, improving balance, reducing anxiety regarding falls, and decreasing feelings of dizziness and nausea. It is possible to avoid the next fall, instill confidence and reduce anxiety with correct exercises and perseverance.
The importance of a correct diagnosis
It is very important to obtain a diagnosis in the clinic to evaluate the existing problem and design the required treatment plan. The unique techniques provided by the clinic offer a variety of advanced treatments for many problems, including dizziness, vertigo, BPPV, balance, headaches and back pain.
Preventing dizziness and pain
In terms of prevention, we believe in preliminary testing and treatments that prevent the next attack. Before a fall or hip fracture occurs, before back pain worsens and before cartilage or spine inflammation increases, just before a headache or dizzy spell begins – it is important to perform the exercises and to exert pressure at specific points to reduce tension in muscles, soft tissue and fascia (the sheath covering the muscles).
The Center provides teaching and training to professionals, doctors, physiotherapists, physical education teachers, and nurses. A course in physical therapy and vestibular rehabilitation after dizziness, vertigo combined with nausea , anxiety, or instability that might result in a hip fracture after a fall (with or without osteoporosis) is given every two years for physiotherapist Masters degree students at Ben Gurion University and to experienced physiotherapists. Continuing education is also provided to doctors, physical education teachers at Wingate ,nursery school teachers and aides in kindergartens and to nursing students.
We conduct research regarding dizziness related to vertigo, dizziness related to anxiety and nausea that accompanies it, and lack of balance in different populations.