Why Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Per the Vestibular Disorders Association, "Evidence has shown that vestibular rehabilitation can be effective in improving symptoms related to many vestibular – inner ear – disorders. 1, 2 People with vestibular disorders often experience problems with vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and/or imbalance. These are the problems that rehabilitation aims to address. Other problems can also arise that are secondary to the vestibular disorder like nausea and/or vomiting, reduced ability to focus or concentrate, and fatigue.
Symptoms due to vestibular disorders can diminish quality of life and can impact all aspects of life from economic to social participation as well as can contribute to emotional problems, like anxiety and depression. Additionally, one of the consequences of having a vestibular disorder is that the symptoms frequently cause people to adopt a sedentary lifestyle in order to avoid bringing on, or worsening, dizziness and imbalance that occurs with movement. As a result, decreased muscle strength and flexibility, increased joint stiffness, and reduced stamina can occur from this lifestyle. Treatment strategies used in rehabilitation can also be beneficial for these secondary problems."
Falls Not Just for Seniors
Although falls are much more common in older adults, people can be at risk of falls and injury at any age. Alex’s story provides an example of how falls can be a risk for young people with vestibular disorders. Read this article from VeDA (Vestibular Disorders Association) to learn more.
Falling is one of the leading health concerns for older adults. Addressing problems balancing and causes of dizziness, and implementing fall prevention measures are important parts of healthy, active aging. Read this article from VeDA (Vestibular Disorders Association) to learn more.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate problems caused by vestibular disorders, primarily vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls. A customized exercise plan is developed from the findings of the clinical assessment, laboratory testing and imaging studies, and input from patients. Different factors can impact the potential for recovery including activity level, pain, other medical conditions, medications, and emotional concerns. Read this article from VeDA (Vestibular Disorders Association) to learn more.
Signs of Balance Issues
Take this test to identify abnormalities in your balance. Read this quick assessment tool to identify balance issues, created by Dr. Ashley Contreras, inventor of VizStim, an at home Vestibular Dysfunction kit. Use this kit with Vizziq to activate all 3 fall defense mechanisms, Vestibular, Visual, and Somatosensory.