Vestibular Rehabilitation

About vestibular therapy

When someone experiences a problem with their vestibular system, they may be dizzy, have vertigo (spins), experience visual disturbances, and/or have poor balance.  Research has shown that vestibular rehabilitation can be effective to improve these symptoms.

Your balance system is made of three key components; the visual system (eyes), the vestibular system (ears) and the somatosensory system (sensation and physical awareness in space).  These three systems talk to each other and in vestibular therapy the eyes give your therapist information about what is happening in your vestibular system. 

What to expect

Your therapist will complete a full assessment of your vestibular system.  To help your therapists better understand the cause of your symptoms, they may sometimes use cutting-edge technologies like the ICS Impulse Goggles that aid in tracking eye movements to get a better understanding of  your unique condition.  From there, your therapist will create a treatment plan unique to your specific clinical needs. 

In some cases, vestibular conditions can be helped after just a few treatment sessions.  In other cases, a more comprehensive rehabilitation exercise plan may be required to help retrain the vestibular system, or help retrain the brain to learn how to use other senses instead. 

Depending on your presentation, your therapist may work with you to carefully expose you to the activities that make you dizzy in a way that helps the brain figure out what to do and react less when you move.

Resources

About The Vestibular System

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