What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

December 14, 2017

Here at Advanced Motion Therapeutic, we offer a variety of different therapy programs to our patients, including vestibular rehabilitation. Our vestibular rehabilitation program is aimed at helping individuals reduce the symptoms of vestibular disorders in order to improve their overall quality of life.

What are Vestibular Disorders?

Vestibular disorders are conditions that affect the inner ear or balance of an individual. Vestibular disorders can cause a number of symptoms, including vertigo, dizziness, imbalance and visual disturbances. Additionally, these primary symptoms can lead to secondary symptoms that include nausea, vomiting, fatigue and a reduced ability to concentrate or focus.

Although the severity of these symptoms varies from case to case, they can have a big impact on the quality of a person's life. Not only can symptoms of such a disorder make it difficult to perform activities of daily living, they can also contribute to emotional issues, including depression and anxiety.

It can also foster poor health habits, such as a sedentary lifestyle. This happens when patients are trying to prevent symptoms such as dizziness and imbalance from getting worse. Such a lifestyle can cause all kinds of health issues, such as a decrease in stamina, muscle strength and flexibility as well as an increase in joint stiffness.

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of therapy aimed at reducing both primary and secondary symptoms related to vestibular disorders. Symptoms can lessen when the brain begins compensating for the disorder by improving other senses, such as vision and somatosensory, which is also known as the body sense. This compensation can occur naturally over time, but it can take a while, which means that patients will still have to deal with symptoms that can diminish their ability to perform activities of daily living.

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based therapy that helps to promote this compensation in patients suffering from a vestibular disorder, thereby helping to relieve symptoms sooner.

The first thing a therapist will do is to perform a comprehensive examination to determine the extent of the symptoms and how they affect the patient. Therapists will then create a rehabilitation plan by providing patients with exercises that are customized to address their unique problems.

If you are having problems performing activities of daily living as a result of a vestibular disorder, then be sure to contact us at Advanced Motion Therapeutic to schedule a vestibular rehabilitation therapy session today.