Is Vestibular Rehabilitation For You?

The vestibular rehabilitation program is an exercise-based program designed by a specialty well-experienced physical therapist. It is aimed to reduce the balance and dizziness related challenges.  These challenges include imbalance, Meniere’s syndrome, vertigo and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, neck related dizziness and migraines. Also, people that suffered a brain injury due to stroke or trauma. The physical therapists conduct this rehabilitation program with the aim of reducing the above-mentioned symptoms.

Dizziness is not a rare complaint among the elderly. Annually close to 10 million patients visit a physician with dizziness and vertigo. Dizziness can be acknowledged as feelings of unsteadiness, lightheadedness, feelings of passing out, sensations of moving, spinning, floating, swaying, tilting and whirling (sensations known as vertigo). These can be experienced while an individual is lying down, standing still or changing from one position to the other. The duration of these symptoms can vary and may last from few seconds to multiple hours interfering with daily activities of a person. The causes of this condition can be an inner ear condition, a side effect of medications, any neck dysfunction or due to a more serious issue related to the central nervous system.

When you’re seen by one of our physical therapists in Brooklyn to have an assessment they will conduct thorough testing for the following;

What type of Vestibular Rehabilitation programs are there?

Based on the results of the assessment, the therapist will create an individual management plan. It will include customized exercises to assess the symptoms. There are three main types of a Vestibular rehabilitation program in Brooklyn; habituation, gaze stabilization, and balance training. Habituation exercises are aimed at reducing dizziness that is caused by visual stimuli and quick self-motions.

Gaze stabilization exercises help in improving the stabilization of eye movements during head and body movements so that the vision can be clear and consistent. There are two types of eye and head exercises that are used in order to achieve gaze stability and the type which should be used for an individual completely depend on the type and extent of the vestibular disorder the patient is suffering from.

Balance training exercises will improve steadiness and thus improve daily activities such as self-care, work at home and office. This type of exercise will also reduce the risk of falling and it should be performed under special guidance and assistance. That is why the physical therapists at Back To Health Physical & Occupational Therapy train the patients with special care in a clinical setting. If you suffer from any of the symptoms that were mentioned in this article we highly recommend contacting your physician and be thorough in your explanation. You may also contact our office at 718.872.7002 and we will schedule an evaluation for you with one of our specialists.

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