Vestibular rehab is an exercise-based program aimed at alleviating or reducing dizziness or balance problems. Other descriptions may include spinning, tumbling or floating. There are multiple systems providing information to the brain to maintain balance. Important systems are the eyes, inner ear, musculoskeletal system and sensory system. The therapist will assess these systems in your evaluation. People with inner ear problems may experience dizziness and balance deficits resulting in limited physical activity and falls. This can also lead to decreased endurance, range of motion, inability to drive, lost work days and diminished quality of life.
People who have a known diagnosis of BPPV/Vertigo, vestibular neuritis, vestibular hypofunction, and labrynthitis can benefit from vestibular rehab. Anyone who regularly experiences dizziness or loss of balance for unknown reasons should contact their primary care physician to see if they would benefit from vestibular assessment/treatment.
A typical evaluation will last approximately one hour. It is recommended to have someone available for transportation as symptoms may increase for a short time after completion of the evaluation.
You may be assessed with an infrared video goggle system. The goggles allow the therapist to adequately assess eye movements, improving diagnostic accuracy and allowing the therapist to develop an effective treatment plan for you.
The therapist will begin with thorough medical history, assess eye movements in relation to head movements, assess the vestibular system by monitoring and evaluating eye movements using video goggles, and assess balance. Based on the assessment, the therapist will establish a customized exercise treatment plan for you. The treatment sessions may last 30-45 minutes. The exercises may include:
- Eye range of motion exercises
- Gaze stabilization or eye exercises
- Habituation exercises
- Balance exercises
- Canalith repositioning maneuver (commonly known as Epley maneuver)
- Home exercises and education
For more information, please call 217-824-1843.