Some Facts about Vestibular Rehabilitation for People with Vestibular Disorders
Vestibular rehabilitation is claimed to be effective in improving signs of several vestibular disorders or inner ear/balance disorders, through a therapy called VRT or vestibular rehabilitation therapy. If you are experiencing problems with vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and or imbalance, then there is a probability that you are suffering from vestibular disorders.
It is then claimed that the best way to manage most causes of vertigo, dizziness and imbalance is by undergoing vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Unfortunately, only a very few trained specialists in this field are competent enough to diagnose these disorders and be able to formulate the proper treatment applications.
Note that this field is mostly in the domain of the chiropractic neurologist and some few doctors sub-specialize in this field, although there are clinics that do specialize in this treatment.
A specially trained vestibular physical therapist would design the vestibular rehabilitation which is a program based on exercise. With the aid of this program, a patient will have an improvement in his or her balance and reduce the dizziness related problems being experienced.
The nature of dizziness is described as those experiences like feelings of unsteadiness, of wooziness or swimming feeling in head, lightheadedness, a feeling of passing out, sensations of moving, spinning, floating, swaying, tilting, vertigo or whirling sensations. These mentioned feelings or sensations would occur usually when you are standing still, lying down or changing positions.
Every year, it is claimed that more than 10 million of patients would visit a doctor because of dizziness. This complain can occur in patients of any age, although it is the most common concern of patients over the age of 75 years.
A physical therapis will evaluate your symptoms and evaluate your medical history during your appointment, and the professional will make an assessment about your balance and leg strength and flexibility, gait or how you walk, visual stability and mobility, neck mobility and arm and neck strength, and positional testing that includes an inner ear exam.
After evaluation of the findings based on the above areas, the therapist will develop a plan of care for your situation. Remember that the objective of your treatment plan is to improve whatever is identified as deficiency in the areas of your concern. The treatment will improve your ability to function in your daily activities, will reduce your risk of falling, and with the end goal of improving the quality of your life.
This treatment involves a wide range of techniques, and there are visual exercises, sensorimotor retraining, exercises that one can perform at home, and education of the family members are included. The main objective of the treatment, with the help of the family members, is to get the patient back to her or his fullest potentials.