Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise-based plan that enhances balance and minimizes dizzy concerns.
How Is Dizziness Defined?
Dizziness can be described as follows:
• Feelings of insecurity
• Wooziness (as if you're swimming in your mind)
• Feelings of fainting out
• Sensations of movement
• Whirling (sensations known as vertigo)
These emotions or sensations may occur when standing motionless, lying down, or shifting postures. The symptoms might be continuous or intermittent, lasting seconds, minutes, or hours.
What Causes Dizziness?
Every year, almost 10 million individuals seek medical attention for dizziness. It is common in patients over the age of 75 but is not exclusive to patients of that age group.
Dizziness is usually not dangerous, but it might be an indication of a mechanical issue. Dizziness can be caused by an inner ear issue, a pharmaceutical side effect, an indication of neck dysfunction, or a more serious problem such as a brain tumor or heart failure.
Who Benefits from Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Patients experiencing dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, Meniere's syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), neck-related dizziness, and headaches are commonly referred for vestibular rehabilitation treatment. Patients who have had a stroke or brain damage, or who regularly fall, are also candidates for the therapy.
The following are some of the most common symptoms that can be addressed with vestibular rehabilitation:
• Dizziness or blurred vision while moving your head
• Tightness, stiffness, or discomfort in the neck
• Imbalance or the urge to grasp items when walking
• Frequently occurring falls
• A general sense "dizziness, wooziness, and foggy head."
Your physical therapist will assess your symptoms and take a look at your medical history. Your evaluation will include all or some of the following topics:
• Leg strength, flexibility, and balance
• Stance (how you walk)
• Visual mobility and stability
• Neck mobility as well as neck and arm strength
• Positional testing, which includes an inner ear check-up
Based on the findings, a plan of care will be developed. Your treatment plan aims to improve any deficits that were identified. This, in turn, will increase your capacity to perform daily activities, lower your risk of falling, and, ultimately, improve your quality of life.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy: How Effective Is It?
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is frequently the sole treatment required. Sometimes it is part of the pre-surgery and post-surgery therapy regimen. In most situations, if patients continue to practice the exercises they have learned, their balance and dizziness problems will improve dramatically or resolve entirely.