The vestibular system is important for giving humans a sense of stability. It works together with other body systems to adjust eye movement when our bodies or heads are moving. This system also helps us to sense acceleration and deceleration. Since it plays such a large role in how we experience our world, people experiencing vestibular issues may experience fleeting episodes of dizziness or vertigo.
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Vestibular rehabilitation is aimed at improving vestibular function by way of compensation with the unaffected vestibular system or promoting habituation through exposure to different movements. Most conditions can be successfully treated using one of these pathways. Neuroplasticity is driven through repetition, exposure, and saliency. These are the principles used in our clinic to ensure we are doing everything we can to get you better.
- Dizziness symptoms are usually described as lightheadedness, feeling like you’re on a boat, waves in your vision, or a feeling of floating. Dizziness can be caused by a variety of things including medications, changes in blood pressure, changes in head or neck position, and vestibular disorders.
- Vertigo is defined as the sensation of spinning, which may look like. Acute onset vertigo can usually be treated easily and effectively if it is determined to be caused by BPPV, although there are other causes.
Typical conditions treated successfully with physical therapy:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Non-specific Dizziness
- Vestibular Hypofunction
- Post-concussion Syndrome
- Cervicogenic Dizziness
- Blurry Vision with Head Movements
For more information about conditions that may be helped by physical therapy, check out these resources offered by the Neurology Section of the APTA.
Your physical therapist will work with you to determine if vestibular rehabilitation is right for you, or if a referral to an ENT is necessary.
Call today to book an appointment if you are ready to live life to its fullest without dizziness or vertigo!