Vestibular rehabilitation is a treatment technique for individuals with peripheral vestibular disorders that are disorders of the inner ear. It includes benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Vestibular neuritis and Post-traumatic vertigo. These disorders lead to symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness and balance dysfunction.
In vestibular rehabilitation, a problem-oriented approach is used in which exercises are customised to address your specific needs. Your physiotherapist will help you by first doing a comprehensive examination to identify the type of vestibular disorder that you are suffering from.
Then an exercise program is designed based on the type of vestibular disorder that you have. This could include habituation exercises and gaze stabilization exercises for dizziness and gaze instability due to vestibular neuritis. It could include balance training if dizziness affects your balance.
For benign paroxysmal positional Vertigo, depending upon which ear canal is involved, different repositioning exercises are used such as Epley’s maneuver, Dix-Hallpike maneuver and Brandt-Daroff technique.
Along with these exercises, education is a very important part of vestibular rehabilitation. Your specially trained Registered Physiotherapist will provide the relevant information regarding your condition. They will explain how to deal with the difficulties due to the disorder and what you can expect from the Vestibular Rehabilitation.
Your Registered Physiotherapist will reassess you from time to time to measure your response to the Physiotherapy through a questionnaire named the Dizziness handicap inventory. Special tests that are timed and a test for your Balance may be performed.
Getting treatment from a specially trained, Registered Physiotherapist will help you to fix the problem. Early treatment will help to prevent the risks of falling due to poor balance and dizziness.
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