Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specialized field within physiotherapy focused on helping people with problems related to the vestibular system. Picture a tiny chickpea-sized organ tucked away inside your ear. This organ plays an important role in telling you which way your head and body are moving – up, down, left, right, – as well as the direction and speed of your body’s movement. When this system is injured due to trauma, illness, or aging, it can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including dizziness, vertigo, and difficulty with everyday activities. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) can help improve the symptoms you experience.
Vestibular Rehabilitation

Who Can Benefit?

Vestibular Rehab Benefits

Vestibular rehabilitation is not limited to a specific age group or demographic. It can help a wide range of individuals, from those recovering from injuries to seniors experiencing age-related vestibular changes. As well, individuals dealing with conditions such as vertigo, inner ear disorders, or post-concussion symptoms can find relief and improvement through targeted vestibular rehabilitation.

The most common vestibular disorder is BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), which can affect people of all ages. This issue can occur after a trauma (e.g. car accident, head trauma), sitting prolonged in a specific position (e.g. dentist chair, or hair salon), or just spontaneously. Using specific maneuvers, we are able to resolve this issue by restoring the system back to its normal functioning state.

Common disorders that affect the vestibular system include:

What Does the Vestibular Rehabilitation Process Look Like?

The journey to proper vestibular function will always start with a comprehensive history. Finding out more about the history of your symptoms such as: how it started, what makes it feel better or worse, and the other types of symptoms associated with your dizziness will help us make a diagnosis of what is causing your dizziness. This will also help us find specific challenges within the vestibular system and create a personalized treatment plan which often includes exercises designed to help stabilize our gaze, improve your balance, and mitigate symptoms. The rehabilitation process is not just about addressing immediate concerns but is focused on providing individuals with the tools to sustain long-term vestibular health.

Benefits of Vestibular Rehabilitation

Improved Balance and Coordination:

Vestibular rehabilitation will help with balance and coordination, allowing you to go through your day feeling more stable and confident.

Alleviation of Dizziness and Vertigo:

Targeted exercises and maneuvers used in vestibular rehab can significantly reduce symptoms of dizziness and vertigo. This will help improve your sense of where your body is in space, and the sense of orientation to your surroundings.

Improved Focus and Concentration:

The restoration of the vestibular system goes beyond physical benefits. It’s easy to see that if you are not constantly dizzy, you can focus better. Improved focus and concentration are common outcomes, lifting the mental fog often associated with vestibular issues.

Promote Independence:

Vestibular rehabilitation empowers individuals to reclaim their independence by addressing mobility issues. The newfound stability will create a sense of confidence that will naturally result in more self-reliance in daily activities, and promote a sense of well-being.

In Conclusion

Vestibular Rehabilitation can make a huge difference in your day to day life. Depending on the origin of your injury, targeted exercises can help improve your tolerance to the daily dizziness or completely eliminate your vertigo. This form of therapy can help you regain control of your own life through regaining control of your body’s senses.

If you are suffering from vertigo or dizziness, come visit us at our Burnaby Physiotherapy clinic to start your road to healing!

Call 604 398 2936 and speak to any of our staff to learn more or schedule an appointment.
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