Vestibular Rehabilitation

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation was created for the purpose of improving or restoring the sense of balance and minimizing dizziness. Other restricting obstacles like vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), neck related dizziness and migraines are also overcome by vestibular rehabilitation. Vestibular rehabilitation is a form of therapy that specializes in exercises that improve gaze and gait stabilization. These exercises involve head and eye movements that are specifically designed to deepen an individual’s sense of balance and coordination.

Vestibular rehabilitation is for those who have symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, impaired or damaged inner ears, or just have trouble with body balance. Problems in this area could include sensations of unsteadiness, wooziness, lightheadedness, feelings of passing out, and feelings of moving, spinning, floating, or whirling.

Vestibular rehabilitation works by conducting and participating in exercises that overcome disorienting signals coming from the inner ear and teach the mind to rely on alternative signals coming from the eyes, ankles, legs, and neck. This allows for the maintaining of balance regardless of physical impairments or illnesses. Activa Physical Therapy includes implementation of gaze stabilization exercises, gait or balance training, posturography training, coordinated movement strategies, and performance with dual tasking.

Vestibular rehabilitation helps the patient to increase steadiness of movement and decrease the risk of falling, sensations of dizziness, and dependency solely on somatosensory inputs. Essentially any balance disorder can be effectively eliminated by this form of physical therapy. Improvement timelines vary depending on the deficiency and number of sessions attended. Physical and thorough deficiency examination is undertaken at the first session and exercises then determined based on the individual needs of the patient.

How Your Body Reacts to Vestibular Rehabilitation

The success of vestibular rehabilitation is based on the use of existing neural mechanisms in the human brain. These mechanisms are linked to the interpretation of sensors throughout your body that produce the effect of adaptability, plasticity, and compensation. Vestibular rehabilitation uses these natural features of the brain to restore symmetry and increase sensitivity to the balance sensors in your body that are whole rather than relying on the ones that are deficient. By engaging in the habitual exercises practiced in this therapy, your body reacts to form reflexes that increase motor control for movement and compensate for sudden changes in environment or operation properly. Activa Physical Therapy will be there through the entire process.

The types of gaze stabilization and balance training exercises vary and depend on the type of vestibular disorder being addressed. One type of eye movement exercise involves fixing the eyes on an object while the patient repeatedly moves their head back and forth or up and down for a couple of minutes. Museum walking, walking around while looking back and forth, is also a type of head movement exercise that is used in forms of vestibular rehabilitation.

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