If the brain cannot rely on the information it receives from the vestibular system, a person’s ability to maintain posture and coordinate balance can become overly dependent on vision or on the information received from the muscles and joints (proprioception). This can lead to developing new patterns of movement to compensate for the change and to avoid head movements that are apt to create symptoms of dizziness and nausea.
Unfortunately, these types of adaptation can result in headache, neckache, muscle stiffness, general fatigue, and a decrease in the ability to retrain the brain to adjust to the vestibular problem, hence making the symptoms much worse.
The goal of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in coordination with information from vision and proprioception. This often involves desensitizing the balance system to movements that provoke symptoms.
Do You Suffer From The Following:
- Spinning or whirling sensation (Vertigo)
- Lightheaded, floating (Dizziness)
- Imbalance, stumbling, clumsiness or difficulty with coordination
- Difficulty maintaining posture
- Muscle or joint pain
- Trouble focusing or tracking objects with your eyes
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Increased night blindness
- Forgetfulness, confusion, or disorientation
- Mental or physical fatigue
- Nausea, headaches, or slurred speech
If you answered YES to any of the above conditions you may be suffering with a vestibular disorder. Physical Therapy can help.
We have therapists trained to address all the components of the vestibular system. Contact your physician today and request a referral for therapy with Visions Physical Therapy.
Get more information with our Vestibular Rehab flyer