Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate symptoms of vertigo and balance disorders. Typically composed of clinical and home exercises, vestibular rehab is primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, visual disturbance, and/or imbalance and falls.
After injury to the vestibular system, the central nervous system can compensate for reduced function of the inner ears. Essentially, the brain copes with the disorientating signals coming from the vestibular system by learning to rely more on alternative signals coming from other systems in the body to maintain balance. This is achieved through various exercises. Although not difficult to learn, vestibular exercises require consistency by the client for success.
Optimize will assess the specific type and cause of the dizziness to determine the most effective treatment plan. Based on the findings of your assessment, your physiotherapist will determine if you are an appropriate candidate for vestibular rehab. The goal of your treatment plan will be to improve any deficits that were identified in the assessment to ultimately improve daily symptoms and the ability to function in activities of daily living. It’s all about restoring communication between your vestibular system and other systems in your brain, such as vision and balance.