Patients with peripheral vestibular dysfunction often present with more than simply symptoms of dizziness.
Vestibular dysfunction can take away independence and safety by affecting your equilibrium and sense of balance. Symptoms include dizziness, vertigo, nausea, balance problems when walking, motion sickness, blurred vision and inability to visually concentrate.
Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise-based group of approaches designed to decrease dizziness, improve gaze stabilization, and retrain sensory and motor aspects of postural control due to vestibular dysfunction. Our vestibular specialists are trained in a variety of maneuvers and methods to treat vestibular dysfunction through exercise, positioning, postural training and fitness along with education.
Who will benefit?
Patients with vertigo, dizziness, balance problems and deconditioning can all greatly benefit. Patients who have been diagnosed with Vertigo, BPPV, multiple strokes and other conditions which affect balance and stabilization are ideal candidates for Vestibular rehabilitation from physical therapy intervention.
Patients with peripheral dysfunction often present with more than simply symptoms of dizziness. Patients may have an array of physical and functional limitations that affect their everyday activities. For instance, persons with a unilateral vestibular hypofunction (unilateral weakness) may have difficulty driving because of an inability to quickly check any blind spots and persons with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) may subconsciously avoid fully checking their rear view mirror for fear of provoking an episodeofvertigo. http://www.asha.org/aud/articles/vestibularrehab.htm