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What are Vestibular Rehabilitation Exercises?

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Vestibular rehabilitation

What Is Vestibular rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is a mechanism that helps the brain to recover balance control and reduce dizziness symptoms when the vestibular organs (balance organs) in the inner ear are damaged or imbalanced.

To retain equilibrium, the brain learns to rely more on alternate signals from the eyes, knees, legs, and neck to cope with the disorienting signals coming from the inner ears. Vestibular rehabilitation exercises are:

Cawthorne-Cooksey Exercises

Relaxing the neck and shoulder muscles, teaching the eyes to move independently of the brain, practicing good balance in daily situations, practicing head movements that trigger dizziness (to aid in the production of vestibular compensation), enhancing general coordination, and promoting normal unprompted movement are all goals of the Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises.

Gaze stabilization exercises

Gaze stability exercises are intended to enhance vision and the ability to focus on a stationary target without turning the head.

Canalith repositioning procedures (CRPs)

Canalith repositioning procedures (CRPs) are used to treat people who suffer from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is believed to be caused by crystals (also known as otoconia) being dislodged from their natural location within the inner ear and travelling to another part of the ear that detects rotation (the semicircular canals). When the crystals in this section of the ear shift around, it induces dizziness. Canalith repositioning procedures require a set of complex head and upper body movements that might be able to reposition the crystals in the ear to their proper location.

Brandt-Daroff exercises

Some cases of BPPV do not respond well to CRPs, and Brandt-Daroff exercises are more effective. If CRPs aren’t an option, these exercises may be suggested.

Brandt-Daroff exercises are a form of BPPV therapy that can be done at home without the help of a specialist. It’s not entirely clear how these exercises work. The repetitive head movements may work by repositioning the crystals inside the inner ear to their proper location (as with CRPs).

How Long Does Vestibular Rehabilitation Take To Work

How Long Does Vestibular Rehabilitation Take To Work?

Depending on your specific vestibular condition, you may begin to feel better within days or with 1 treatment. Other conditions require a longer course of rehabilitation over weeks or months.

Do Vestibular Rehabilitation Exercises Work?

According to Vestibular Disorders Association research, a study found that vestibular therapy can help with symptoms associated with a variety of vestibular (inner ear/balance) disorders. Vertigo, dizziness, sensory confusion, and/or imbalance are all common symptoms of vestibular disorders.

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