Background about Vestibular Disorders and How Vestibular Rehabilitation Can Help
There are many disorders related to vestibular or inner ear balance that are said to be improved if people will undergo vestibular rehabilitation with the aid of vestibular rehabilitation therapy or VRT. 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.
For most causes of vertigo, dizziness, and imbalance, vestibular rehabilitation therapy is said to be the way to manage these conditions. However, it is observed that in this field, only a very few trained specialists are competent enough to diagnose these disorders and be able to formulate treatment applications that are appropriate enough.
There are clinics that specialize in this treatment, and note that this is the domain of the chiropractic neurologist of which only a few doctors sub-specialize this field.
To describe, vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise based program that is designed by a vestibular physical therapist who is specially trained. This program has the goal of improving balance in problems relating to dizziness and reduce the concern.
It is good to understand the nature of dizziness, and this is described as a feeling of unsteadiness, of a swimming feeling in the head or wooziness, being lightheaded, a feeling of passing out, sensations of moving, spinning, floating, swaying, tilting and whirling or vertigo. These mentioned feelings or sensations would occur usually when you are standing still, lying down or changing positions.
More than 10 million patients are said to visit their physicians every year because of complains related to 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.
During your appointment with the physical therapist, you symptoms will be evaluated and medical history reviewed, and you will be assessed of the following areas of leg strength or balance, gait or how you walk, visual stability and mobility, neck mobility and neck and arm 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. Through this treatment, your ability to function in the different activities of your daily living will be improved, reduce your risk of falling, and the quality of your life will ultimately be improved.
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. With the help of all family members, the patient is being helped to get back to his or her fullest potentials, and this is the main goal of the treatment.