Table of Contents
- What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy?
- Who Can Benefit from Vestibular Rehabilitation?
- How Does Vestibular Rehabilitation Work?
- What to Expect From Vestibular Rehabilitation?
- Is Vestibular Rehabilitation Exercises Difficult To Do?
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based therapy that helps people with vestibular (inner ear/balance) disorders feel better. The aim is to minimize dizziness and motion sensitivity while also improving balance and quality of life. According to studies, the brain and inner ears heal best if rehabilitation starts within the first few months of a vestibular deficit.
VRT is an exercise-based therapy that encourages central nervous system compensation for inner-ear defects to remove or substantially minimize both primary and secondary symptoms caused by vestibular disorders. The aim is to reduce the dizziness, and visual symptoms reported, improve balance and walking, and increase overall activity levels and life quality.
If you’re having symptoms that may suggest a vestibular condition, see your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe vestibular therapy if you have dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, or other symptoms.
Symptoms vestibular rehabilitation can help include:
- Vertigo or spinning
- Being off balance
- Blurry vision
- Frequent falls
- Neck tightness, stiffness, pain
Vestibular therapy aids patients by showing the brain how to compensate for a deficient vestibular system by using other senses. Therapy aims to improve stability, decrease vertigo, and assist patients in safely managing everyday activities. Help patients learn to control symptoms, minimize functional limitations, and enhance life quality with an exercise-based treatment program.
VRT is usually done as an outpatient procedure but may be started in the hospital in some cases. A certified physical or occupational therapist with specialized post-graduate training sees the patients.
VRT starts with a thorough clinical review, including a comprehensive history of the patient’s symptoms and how they influence their everyday activities. The psychiatrist would keep track of the form and severity of symptoms and the events that led up to them.
The evaluation also involves conducting several assessments to determine the patient’s issues accurately. The therapist will test your vision and vestibular systems to see how well you can regulate your eye movements. Sensation (including pain information), muscle strength, extremity and spine range of motion, flexibility, posture, balance, and walking ability are evaluated.
Establishing a home-based fitness routine is a vital part of the VRT. Compliance with the home exercise regimen is essential to the patient’s rehabilitation and recovery.
Patient and caregiver education, in addition to exercise, is an essential aspect of VRT. Many patients find it helpful to comprehend the science behind their vestibular disorders and how it contributes to the challenges they can experience daily. A therapist may also offer advice on coping with these issues and explaining what to expect from VRT. Patients benefit from education because it removes much of the confusion surrounding their symptoms, which may relieve discomfort due to their vestibular condition.
VRT exercises are simple to understand, but patients must be committed to completing them to obtain the best results. Since the exercises can be repetitive at times, it’s critical to establish a routine schedule to integrate into daily life.
Exercises can make symptoms appear worse at first. However, with time and diligent effort, symptoms can gradually fade, making everyday activities easier for patients.
For advice regarding your problem, please contact us at Kanata Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic. Kanata Physiotherapy provides physio & rehabilitation services in Ottawa’s West end. To book an appointment with a Physiotherapist specialized in the assessment and treatment of vertigo, dizziness, balance problems, BPPV or any other inner ear condition, please call and request an appointment for Vestibular Rehabilitation.