Vestibular therapy is a form of physical therapy that focuses on the treatment of vestibular disorders, which are conditions that affect the balance and spatial orientation systems of the inner ear. Vestibular disorders can cause symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance.
Vestibular therapy is designed to help individuals recover from vestibular disorders by retraining the brain to process information from the vestibular system correctly. The treatment typically involves a combination of exercises and activities that are designed to stimulate the vestibular system and improve balance and coordination.
The exercises and activities used in vestibular therapy can include:
Gaze stabilization exercises: These exercises help to improve the coordination between the eyes and head movements.
Balance exercises: These exercises help to improve the coordination between the eyes, ears, and feet to improve balance and stability.
Habituation exercises: These exercises help to reduce the symptoms of vertigo by exposing the person to movements that trigger the symptoms.
Canalith repositioning maneuvers: These are specific techniques that help to reposition particles in the inner ear that can cause vertigo.
Strengthening and flexibility exercises: These exercises help to improve the overall strength and flexibility of the body, which can help to prevent falls and improve overall function.
Vestibular therapy is a non-invasive and effective treatment option for people with vestibular disorders. It can help people to reduce symptoms, improve balance, and prevent falls.