Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program, designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness.
It is the treatment to improve the symptoms related to the vestibular disorders. Our Ear organs are very important for balance and coordination. There is a fluid in ear canals that moves throughout the head movement and adjust our body to those movement changes.
These organs are constantly working to maintain the balance. When these organs are impaired then our body will not be able to maintain the balance with position changes. For example, if vestibular impaired person trying to move from lying to sitting he will have dizziness, vertigo and or nystagmus (abnormal eye movement) and he will lose balance
It is referred to as Benign Positional Vertigo and commonly known as Vertigo. There are other disorders of vestibular system which gives same symptoms and it can be managed through this rehabilitation
There are three ear canals in our ear which consist of fluid and helps in maintaining the balance. Due to trauma or other reasons the crystals are formed in that fluid and gives symptoms of vertigo and nystagmus with head position change
What kind of treatments involved in vestibular rehabilitation?
Depends on our assessment findings, the vestibular rehabilitation consist of education, home exercises, manual therapy or different slow head movements. Some disorders can be treated within 2-4visits. Our treatments are evidence based and we follow specific established protocols from research.
Epley’s Maneuver: Most of the disorders which have symptoms of Vertigo and Nystagmus are Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV). This maneuver consists of different head positioning which helps to drain the crystals from ear canal